Did you know that Chicago Dance Supply carries a wide range of styles in pointe shoes? Our expert staff is ready to fit all shapes and sizes of feet as well as all shapes and sizes of wallets. New to pointe shoe lingo? To better understand the descriptions of the different styles of pointe shoes refer to this graph of the Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe.
Our most popular brands include Grishko 2007 and Repetto Carlotta. Grishko’s are a Russian made shoe and the 2007 style, from my experience, fits many different types of feet. It has a long sleek silhouette, with a medium length “V” shaped vamp, high side wings, narrower platform, and tapered box. The 3/4 shank molds perfectly into the arch and the overall hardness to the shoe will make your feet work and grow strong. This is a good shoe for long toes, medium to narrow width, and strong and/or flexible arches. The Repetto Carlotta also fits a wide variety of foot types. This brand hails from Paris, France. The Carlotta style has a broad platform and box, medium vamp, and shorter box. The box and the 3/4 shank are more supple and flexible then the Grishko 2007’s. This style is ideal for people with broad feet, short toes, and less flexible arches. The Julieta style of Repetto is very similar to the Carlotta in shape, however, it is an extremely soft shoe, both in shank and box. It is best recommended for beginners or for professionals looking for a shoe that will break in super fast.
I wouldn’t advise buying a pointe shoe based on price as it is very important to be fitted correctly in the best shoe for your foot. However, for those on a budget we do have a few brands that offer less expensive options (such as Fuzi for only $50) as well as pointe shoes that we have on sale.
Remember, pointe shoe fittings are by appointments only, to ensure you receive expert attention to your fitting. Give us a call at 773-728-5344 to set your appointment up today!