For those taking up ballet, finding the right ballet shoe is important. There are many varieties to choose from and here we take a look at what might be best for you.
Women's ballet shoes can be made from a variety of different fabrics. Leather or canvas ballet shoes are popular as are satin ballet shoes but what are the differences between the different types of shoes?
Satin ballet shoes are popular because they look very elegant and feminine. Satin shoes are very soft and comfortable to wear. The downside to satin shoes is that they are not particularly hard wearing so are best used for special performances rather than regular training as they wear out very quickly. Wearing worn out ballet shoes can then damage your feet in the long term.
Canvas ballet shoes are popular because of how hard wearing they are. A pair of canvas shoes will outlast some satin shoes several times over. Canvas shoes are machine washable so can be washed regularly to maintain their cleanliness. They are popular with male ballet dancers as they are better for spinning than other types of ballet shoe.
Leather ballet shoes are the hardest wearing of ballet shoes and as a result of the tough fabric they require the foot to work much harder to define each step. This then helps define the muscles in the feet and legs which is considered a benefit by most ballet dancers. Since the shoes last a long time, over time the shoe moulds itself to the shape of the dancer's foot so the comfort factor lasts much longer than in canvas or satin shoes. Leather ballet shoes are the most expensive of ballet shoes but well worth the investment if you are taking up ballet seriously.