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Pick a pointe.

We understand pointe shoe anxiety: The truth is there isn't a magical pair that will make you a better dancer overnight. There is, however, a shoe that will help you be the best dancer you can be. Make a list of what your pointe shoe goals are. Actually write them out. Then go through this guide with an eye to detail. The shoes here might look similar to the naked eye, but each one has subtle, purposeful features. Some are designed for flexibility; some are made for pre-professionals. It's a puzzle that you can solve with time, patience, and experimentation

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Veronese II by Chacott A Japanese-made, lightweights shoe for students, with a tapered V-shaped vamp. $90, www.ffreedusa.com

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Hannah by Block, #S0109L A flexible but supportive shoe for dancers who want to build strength. $73, www.blockworld.com

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Pre-arched shoe by Fuzi Features a low U-shaped vamp, wide box, andarched shank. In order or hard shanks. $69, www.fuzi.net

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Entrada pro A pre-arched shoe with a medium platform with little break-in time required. $84, www.russionpointe.com

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Toshie by So Danca, #SD40 Features a V-shaped vamp with drawstrings, slightly tapered box, a wide platform with no pleats, and long wings $72, www.sodanca.com

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Nova by Grishko A lightweight shoe with a new glue aria insole material designed for flexibility. It has a broad platform. U-shaped vamp and low heel. $93.95. www.grishko.com

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Tiffany by Capezio/Ballet Makers, Inc., #126 Designed with a slighly tapered box, medium vamp, wide platform, and low sides, $79.80, www.capeziodance.com

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F.R. Duval, distributed by Sansha A pre-arched Shoe with plastic shank in a variety of shank lengths and strengths. $35.90, www.nydancestore.com

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Luxe satin shoe by Gaynor Minden Features serf-smoothing, plush satin. Specify your width. box, vamp, shank, length, and heel measurements. $120, www.dancer.com

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La Carlotta by Repetto Designed for pre-professional or professional Use: It has a reinforced tip and comfortable box. $78, www.repetto.com

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Spotlight by Suffolk Pointe Company Features a medium, U-shaped vamp and is made for dancers with tower-profile feet. $95, www.suffolkpointeusa.com

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En L'Air by Prima Soft A shoe for dancers with low to average arches; features Prima Soft's Perfect Placement box. $70, www.prima-soft.com

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Classic Plus by Freed It has an added wing block and a thick red card insole for support. Features a deep V-cut vamp. $94. www.freedusa.com

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Gamba 93 A full-sole shoe with V-shaped low vamp. In medium or hard shank strength. $70, www.repetto.com

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Title Annotation:dm style; pointe shoe
Author:Hanlon, Khara
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Buyers guide
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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