For those taking up ballet, finding the right ballet shoe is important. There are many different styles 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, but don't stretch, so getting the right size is important.
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.
Soft leather ballet shoes are the most popular and hardest wearing of ballet shoes. When you order a pair of leather ballet shoes, you'll notice that there is no left or right shoe. When you first wear a ballet shoe, the shoe will mould to your foot, and you'll be comfortable wear the same shoe next time you dance. Leather ballet shoes are the most expensive of ballet shoes but well worth the investment if you are taking up ballet seriously. There are full sole and split sole ballet shoes. All beginners should start with a full sole leather ballet shoe. Once they have danced for a year or two they cam move on to a split sole ballet shoe.