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The Best Ballet Shoes For Girls – The Most Comfortable Shoe For Your Ballerina

Ballet Shoes For Kids

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!

Best Ballet Shoes For Kids

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.

Ballet Dance Shoes

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:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret 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.

Ballet Shoes For Girls

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!


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12 Comments on The Best Ballet Shoes For Girls – The Most Comfortable Shoe For Your Ballerina

  1. Hi there,

    Awesome article, I was absorbed by the reading!
    I was once a ballet dancer, and I use to wear these shoes. These are really comfortable and the sole grip well the floor, which is important when dancing, it prevents from slipping:) My daughter start to do ballet and she needs to buy a pair of shoes. I will show her this article, I already have an idea of what she would like:)
    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Daniella,

      I am glad you enjoyed reading this post. I believe it contains valuable information for parents who have a child who does ballet. Wearing the right type of ballet shoes is important in order for the child to be able to perform at his or her best!

  2. Thank you so much for this informative post, the information you’ve provided here is indeed very useful!

    My little girl is 5 and keeps dancing around the house every day! She loves taking ballet classes, but the teacher told us we needed to invest in a better pair of ballet slippers since she kept falling down.

    Also, what is the best material for a ballet slipper according to you?

    Thanks once again!

    • The best material for a ballet slipper is leather. I presented you in the post with a selection of the best ballet shoes for children, they are all made out of leather WITH a leather sole to provide your child with more stability. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. It was interesting reading about how to choose ballet shoes.My granddaughter has been taking ballet lessons, and I have received a better understanding of the various types of shoes that are available. The points you brought out make a lot of sense, because we would want our little ballerina to be comfortable and do her best always.

    My granddaughter also has the narrowest feet, and I didn’t know these shoes were available in narrow widths! Thank you!

  4. My daughter took ballet for two years when she was 5 and 6 years old. At that time we picked up a pair of ballet shoes from a department store but I never realized what factors are involved in choosing a good pair of ballet shoes. I wish her instructor would have told us. 🙂 She is pursuing some other sports this year, but if she does want to ever go back, I will definitely follow the advice in this post.

    This article was really informative – thank you so much for sharing.

    • Tej,

      In order for your daughter to perform at her best at any sport she decides to practice, she must wear the proper type of shoes for that particular sport.

  5. Thank you! My two and a half year old will likely start dance soon to help her continue to work on her coordination/gross motor skills once we age out of PT. She is also about to begin wearing orthotic inserts (your posts on that have been invaluable!). So my question is are there any ballet slippers and tap shoes that can accommodate inserts? Or will that just be an activity done without the inserts? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    • Leslie,

      You don’t need to worry about putting an orthotic inside your daughter’s ballet shoes. Orthotics only fit in substantial footwear. Make sure you get her a good supportive sneaker in order for her to get the full benefit of the orthotic! Do you have a kids’ shoe storethat you can take her to be fitted for shoes in your area?

  6. My daughter is a dancer and has wide feet. She has the most difficult time getting fitted for dance shoes, so this article was very helpful. Do you know of any good tap or jazz shoes that come in widths as well? Thank you!

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