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Heels versus pointe shoes
Granted, I have grown up completely outside the dance world. My vision of a pretty foot is standing proudly in a four inch pair of stilettos! If it means a little more stretching to point my toes, well, I can live with that. I do not hate the look of pointed toes and have been working on it. I adore images of ballerinas in demi pointe and am perennially jealous of KiKi's automatic foot point in everything. Those cutesy little pointe shoe cartoons are terribly off; the real thing is not what it is cracked up to be.
Is it worth it?
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ballerina and seeing the damage has steered me away from putting my own daughter in it someday. Heels are definitely not the kindest shoe to your feet but buying the right kind and having strong arches keeps you from the worst. In pointe shoes it is unavoidable. Your bones will have to become stronger to support your weight resulting in bone overgrowth. I suppose it is not much different from a soccer player gaining thicker, muscular legs or a runner that beef jerky look (I am a running
So yes, I find demi pointe incredible. And not pointing your toes in pole or other dance forms is basically atrocious. I love the laced ribbon style of heels inspired by pointe shoes, too. But pointe? Well, I will leave it to the ballet connoisseurs. I will take my heels first any day.