Thorn a'la Malin (thornchan) wrote in ballerinas,
Thorn a'la Malin

Pointe Shoes For Big Feet

So, I've been googling but haven't really found anything, and I'm sorry if you find this offensive, BUT...
My sister has since she was a child wanted to get into ballet. To sort of push her in the right direction (or at least nudge her into saying "it's never too late"), I was thinking of buying her ballerina shoes. Yes, those pink, silky pointe shoes.

...BUT. Her feet are quite broad and about a European 42 (26-26,5 cm) and I can't seem to find any shoes in her size. Is there a customization for these type of shoes, or anywhere I can actually find them? Maybe I'm just looking at the wrong places. I really don't want to buy her a size that's too small... That's more or less a nudge in the wrong direction. I'm terribly scared of screwing up and breaking her heart on christmas eve :(

Any help?

I appreciate every response, and I hope all of you have a lovely week!
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don't get her pointe shoes she can use. She could damage her feet without the proper training to go up en pointe.
I concur with wagrobanite - do not buy her pointe shoes; those require professional fitting. Instead you can arrange a sister day where you take her to be fitted, although since it sounds like she hasn't had any ballet training yet, that might not be the best choice. You can easily find ballet slippers (not pointe shoes) in her size, however, and that might be enough motivation for her to begin. Also consider getting her a practice tutu and leotard.
yes, definitely don't get actual pointe shoes, she can injure herself so easily. You could, however, get something like this: and then you can guess at the size, though if she's going to take classes she will need to be properly fitted when she does.

Ahhh, I understand. I suppose breaking her poor feet wouldn't be a nice Christmas eve either ;) Thank you for your advice! I'll look into the soft ballet shoes instead. :) Much love!