Ballet Shoes - Should I Choose Split Sole or Full Sole?

Buying your first pair of ballet shoes can be an exciting and daunting task. There is a plethora of different types on the market. One of the most important elements to get right is the type of sole that you have. This article will give you a few pointers to help you make sure you choose the right sole.

There are two main types of sole for ballet shoes - full sole and split sole. A full sole ballet shoe has a sole which covers the full length from the ball to the heel of the foot. A split sole on the other hand has a break in the middle.

If you're a beginner just setting out to learn how to ballet dance, you should almost certainly wear a pair of full suede sole ballet shoes. A full sole will force the foot to work much harder in order to achieve a pointe than a split sole. This will help build muscle in your foot and will also help develop your control. The result is that when you eventually progress to a split sole shoe, you will have developed a very elegant and beautifully curved foot.

Once you have progressed to the split sole ballet shoe, you are just one step away from advancing to the pointe shoe. This type of shoe has a different structure to the soft shoes discussed in this article. They have a "box" and "shank" which together support the dancer's foot allowing them to stand on the tips of their toes and move around the performance space as though weightless. This highly rewarding skill takes many years of hard work and commitment.

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