How many ballerinas do you have in your family? There has been an increased number of girls who have been getting involved in ballet lately! Choosing the right ballet shoes is important in order for your child to perform at her best and experience overall foot comfort. The golden rule of dance shoes whatever the style of dance is one: COMFORT!
This is essential to ensure that our kids’ give their best performance. A ballet shoe is also known as a ballet slipper; this is a light weight shoe that is created specifically for ballet dancing or modern dance. It can be made from leather, satin or canvas and they look like a reinforced pair of socks.
Although buying ballet shoes might seem pretty straight forward, there are a lot of different attributes that we must take into consideration in order to choose the right style and the correct size. Did you know that ballet shoes come in different widths such as narrow, medium, and wide? This might sound pretty confusing, but don’t worry! I will guide you through the process of finding the perfect pair of ballet shoes!
There is a huge selection of dance shoes available, and if you this is your first time buying them, you need to make sure that you choose the right one for your kid!
If you are the parent of a ballerina, you will probably know by now that nothing is more exciting to them than getting that beautiful ballerina outfit, including their new pair of ballet shoes.
The styles I will describe in this post are made out of leather and they feature a lightly padded foot-bed, suede sole for maximum flexibility, and a pre-attached elastic strap to keep your child foot snug and in place. They also come in different widths so you can make sure you get her the best fit!
The styles you will see below also offer extra support, which is recommended for beginners since it encourages the foot to work harder to achieve en-pointe.
What To Consider Before You Buy Your Kids’ Ballet Shoes?
The first, and most important thing to consider when buying ballet shoes is the fit. This is true with every single pair of shoes you buy for your child! The fit will always remain the TOP PRIORITY! In order to make sure you are getting your child the right ballet shoe size, take a look at this post where I describe how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. You can find the post here:
FIT – For ballet slippers and shoes in general, the single most important factor is the fit. The shoe should fit like a sock or glove without puckers or extra material to pinch at the tip of the shoe. The shoe shouldn’t be too snug or binding as to curl the toes inside the shoe or squeeze the ball of the foot.
Because children feet are still developing we need to make sure we get the best fit possible so the child can perform at her best, and allow the teacher to catch and correct your little ballet dancer’s stance. A ballet slipper that is too long will compromise your child’s stability. Imagine wearing a sock that is too long, it will bunch up and make your child more prone to stepping on it and falling down!
TYPE OF FABRIC – Before you pick a ballet shoe for your child, you should check the fabric from which the ballet shoe is made. The vast majority and most popular ballet shoes are made from leather and canvas. The ballet shoes made from leather will usually last much longer than the ones made by other fabrics, but they will be more expensive than the rest of the choices ( we are taking about a 5 dollar difference at most)
CONSIDER THE ELASTICS – Most ballet shoes come with elastics included, but they may not be attached, this is because every dancer has slightly different shaped feet which mean that the elastics need to be in a somewhat different position. This is why I always recommend trying the shoes at your children’s local shoe store, and having the child walking around to make sure that the shoes fit and that they feel comfortable on your kid’s feet.
CONSIDER THE COLOR – Ballet shoes come in various colors; girls always tend to go for pink, but always make sure to follow the instructions for classroom uniform.
CONSIDER THE PRICE – In general, ballet shoes are among the least expensive dance shoes. As a little dancer’s feet grow, new shoes will be needed every time she grows and you may be tempted to go for the cheapest shoes possible, but keep in mind that these could be poorly constructed and become a liability.
What Is The Most Recommended Ballet Shoe Style For Girls?
If you decide to get your child a pair of ballet shoes, please have your child walk around the house in her ballet shoes and make sure they are comfortable before going to their dance class. Is there enough room for the toes to wriggle around?
REMEMBER: we want enough space for the toes to move around the shoe comfortable but not too much space that will compromise your child’s stability. If the toes are jammed into the end of the shoe, then you need to go for a bigger size.
Once you have decided on your choice of fabric, sole and elastic, you will be getting close to finding the right pair of ballet shoes for your little girl!
You can now choose the best and better-made ballet shoes for you little girl with ease!
Below a selection of the most popular and better-made recommended ballet shoes for your child that come in narrow, medium, and wide widths!
The Best Ballet Shoes For Kids’ – Now You Know The Secret!
All of these styles are the best selling and most recommended ballet shoes for kids’. You should always ask the ballet teacher about what she thinks of the ballet shoes you chose for your child and make sure she approves!
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 6 years and I have fitted all these styles before! We actually have a kids’ ballet studio next to our kids’ shoe store, and parents are always bringing their children so we can fit them for their ballet shoes!
If you get the right size, they should fit your child’s foot perfectly. The fact that they come in different widths, (narrow, medium, and wide) guarantees that they will fit any type of foot. All of these four styles are also extremely durable, guaranteeing that your child will outgrow the shoes before anything happens to them!
Does your child already owns a pair of ballet shoes? Is there any particular brand that you found that works best for her feet? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!