Are you having a hard time finding a pair of ballet shoes for your ballerina? I have found a particular style that has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to fitting the shape of a ballerina with narrow, medium, or wide feet since it’s available in all different widths.
There has been an increased number of girls who have been getting involved in ballet lately.
Did you know that ballet shoes play a key role in keeping your child’s feet healthy? 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!
Providing your child with a ballet shoe style that fits the shape of her feet perfectly is essential to ensure that your kids’ give their best performance. A ballet shoe is also known as a ballet slipper; this is a lightweight 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.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, and also providing regular shoe fittings.
We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands are better than others.
BeforeI show you a selection of the best ballet shoes for girls, I want to first show you what features these shoe styles will provide.
There is a vast selection of dance shoes available, and if this is your first time buying them, you need to make sure that you choose the right one for your child.
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 ballet shoe styles that I will describe in this article 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.
Ballet Shoes for Girls – The 5 Most Important Factors to Consider!
The first, and most important thing to consider when buying ballet shoes is the fit. This also applies to every single pair of shoes that you buy for your child. The fit will always remain the top priority.
✅ 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 instructor to catch and correct your little ballet dancer’s stance.
A ballet slipper that is too long will compromise your child’s stability, making her more prone to slipping and falling down. 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 choose a ballet shoe for your child, you should check the fabric from which the ballet shoe is made of. The vast majority and most popular ballet shoes are made from leather and canvas. The ballet shoes made from leather will usually hold up 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 have your child walk around the store 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.
In order to provide your child with the correct ballet shoe size, I recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust. The issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
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.
Now that you know what factors you need to consider before providing your child with a pair of ballet shoes and how to make sure that you provide her with the correct ballet shoe size, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best ballet shoes for girls.
The Best Ballet Shoes for Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the most popular and better-made recommended ballet shoes for your child that come in narrow, medium, and wide widths, so please choose the shoe width accordingly. Refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations below.
This selection of ballet shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
All of these styles are the best selling and most recommended ballet shoes for kids. You should always ask the ballet instructor about what she thinks of the ballet shoes that you chose for your child and make sure the instructor approves.
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.
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 that they are comfortable before going to the dance class. Is there enough room for the toes to wiggle around?
We want enough space for the toes to move around the shoe comfortably 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.
You can now choose the best and better-made ballet shoes for you little girl with ease!
Does your child already owns a pair of ballet shoes? Is there any particular brand or style that has worked better for her feet? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.