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Buying Ballet Shoes For Children Can Be Difficult - These Tips Can Help

Oct 12, 2007
Has your child recently discovered an interest in ballet? This beautiful form of dance requires a specific type of shoe. It can be difficult to find the right ballet shoes for your child. These tips can make the job of purchasing the special footwear just a little bit easier.

If you have ever taken ballet, you may have a bit of knowledge and understanding to take with you. If you are just as new to ballet as your child, you may be lost and searching for a place to begin.

The first step to finding your child's perfect ballet shoes will involve a chat with the dance class instructor. Find out what specific guidelines or requirements the dance teacher prefers. He or she may be able to provide you with helpful information. Some dance schools will allow you to order dance shoes through their contacts. This makes your job so much easier.

If you are not that lucky, ask for recommendations of reputable companies supplying dance supplies such as leotards and shoes. Since ballet shoes are not typically sold at local department stores or regular shoe stores, this will give you some direction.

As you make the trip to the specialty shop for your child's footwear, plan to spend some time shopping. Bring your child with you on this trip to try on the ballet shoes to make it easier to find what you need. Have your child wear tights when trying on his or her ballet shoes. Socks will not allow your child a proper fit.

Ballet shoes are meant to be snug, but not uncomfortable. Give your child the opportunity to walk around and practice a dance step or two. Not only will practice make perfect, but this will allow you to determine if the shoes fit properly. A dance shoe that is too small will not provide comfort. If the shoe is too large, it may come flying off in the middle of a performance.

Some ballet shoes have a small elastic strap on them to help keep the shoe in place. For children, this feature is a must unless it goes against the dance school's guidelines.

Consider quality and budget when purchasing dance footwear for your child. The most inexpensive shoes may be a good idea for the beginner. With children, interests change like the weather. There is no need to shell out cash if your child will not remain in the shoes long. Then again, if you are committed for a year or more, a higher quality pair of ballet shoes may be in order. You will pay more for durability, but over time, the dance footwear will be worth the investment.

Beginners do not need point shoes. Do not invest in such ballet shoes unless specifically advised by the dance instructor.

If your youngster is a budding ballerina, finding the right footwear can be quite a task. Try on shoes to ensure a good fit for your child. Budget and comfort are other factors to consider. With a little time in the shop, you will find the right ballet shoes for your child.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his beautiful wife and family in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about footwear as well as ballet shoes at http://www.comfortfootwearplus.com
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