Buying Ballet Shoes - A Quick Guide

If you’re just about to start ballet classes then you’ll need to buy a pair of ballet shoes. With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose. The best place to start is to ask your dance teacher who may be able to provide you with some guidance. If they don’t recommend a particular pair, this quick guide is a good place to start!

If you’re attending a beginner class you’ll need soft ballet shoes. These are available in leather, canvas or satin. Though leather is slightly more expensive than other fabrics, it’s often preferred by ballet dancers due to the fact that it is harder wearing.

Once you’ve chosen your fabric, you then need to consider the type of sole – one of the most important aspects of your ballet shoes. You need to ensure that your shoes have a flexible sole as this will help learning to ballet dance much easier and more enjoyable. There are two types of sole on offer – split sole and full sole. Full sole shoes are generally used by beginners as they offer more support than those with a split sole

Ballet shoes are available in any good specialist dance shop. Here, you will be able to obtain a great deal of advice about which ones to choose as well as information about any other dance gear you need. Specialist dance shops also stock a wide range of other dancewear such as dance leotards, jazz shoes, ballet socks and much more so you can get yourself kitted out in one place.

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