Why are there so many different pointe shoes?

Feet come in many different shapes, so pointe shoes are made in many different shapes, too! The first step in pointe fitting is choosing the best model for the individual dancer. Then, the size and width can be selected. With Russian Pointe, dancers can also choose the shank strength that best meets their needs, and they can request a shorter or longer vamp to accommodate the length of their toes and shape of their instep. In addition, many models come with Pre-Arched Construction, a special design throughout the shoe that helps support high and low arches, reduces break-in time and accentuates the look of the dancer’s arch.