It’s important to know when your pointe shoes are dead and in need of replacing to avoid injury. This is more important when you are just starting out on pointe as your pointe shoes will probably last longer when you start out. Once you start using your shoes more you will get through a lot more pairs and will know when your pointe shoes are getting close to being dead.
Here are a few of the tell tail signs of when your pointe shoes have no more dance left in them:
- If you are starting to feel the floor through your shoes when you’re on pointe it is definitely time to get a new pair
- The box begins to feel soft and not very supportive
- The shank is no longer supportive or does not feel as supportive as it used to
There are other things to look out for that could mean your shoes are ready for renewal as well such as:
- Feeling pain in areas you do not normally feel pain in
- Being unable to push over the box correctly
- Unable to stay on pointe when balancing or turning
Remember, these are not the only signs to look out for. If your box or shank becomes damaged or cracked in anyway you should look into getting a new pair. Also, don’t rely on the shank to tell you when your shoes are dead. The box is just as important in supporting your foot. Both the shank and the box should be giving you support and if one isn’t it’s time for some new pointe shoes.
Have a look at my other post to see what you can do to look after your shoes and extend their life for as long as possible.