Monday, June 19, 2017

En Pointe Orthotics

Here's a link to an article in the Australian Dance Magazine describing a molded pointe shoe padding known as *En Pointe Orthotics* or EPO.

Basically it's a custom-molded orthotic that helps support the toes and distribute the dancer's weight evenly across the foot. It sounds like a really great invention. Give the article a read and let me know what y'all think about it.

3 comments:

  1. I wonder how well these orthotics for pointe shoes work. I have little actual experience dancing in pointe shoes, so I am not able to form much of an opinion except to say that in theory, the orthotics sound like a good idea. However in reality, I don't know how the orthotics would affect a dancer's feel of the floor, technique, etc. I would love to hear from an experienced pointe dancer who has tried these orthotics.

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  2. Calling them orthotics is misleading - they're custom made padding, nothing more. As padding, they are a great idea - but they are expensive. You can get exactly the same thing in a kit which you buy and you make the padding yourself. It's called the PerfectFit Pointe shoe insert and you'll find it at Perfectfitpointe.com.

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  3. I meant to add, if you are worried about floor feel etc, the beauty of the kit is that you can experiment. You can always trim bits off, or buy a new kit and try again. Whereas with the "professionally fitted" one, it's cost you so much, you'd be reluctant to mess with it.

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