Being comfortable in pointe shoes is about more than just avoiding pain. It’s a given that you’ll feel some level of discomfort while wearing pointe shoes. The trick with making pointe shoes more comfortable is to find some awesome toe padding and to use correct technique to avoid any serious harm to your feet.

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How to Make Pointe Shoes More Comfortable

To the point of the article, how do you make pointe shoes comfortable?

Besides preventative measures such a keeping your toenails trimmed, tape is a great option.

There are two different kinds of tape: athletic and foam.

Athletic Tape – typically used to wrap your individual toes to prevent blisters. You tape them individually to maintain freedom, and don’t tape them too tight to cut off circulation.

Foam Tape – great for wrapping or covering broken blisters or torn scabs. You can wrap this around the toe or area tight and it will reduce the pain and circulation. This is all great as a way to add a little extra padding to your toes or slap some on your Achilles area to keep your heel from popping out of your pointe shoes.

How to Stop Your Toes from Hurting in Pointe Shoes

If your toes hurt when you were pointe shoes, then you need to look into options for toe pads. We went into detail on the differences in the different padding options here. I personally recommend using ouch pouches (or similar), but every dancer has their preference. Keep in mind, it’s essential to use some form of padding to make your pointe shoes as comfortable as possible, and to make them hurt less.

How to Make Toe Pads for Pointe Shoes

Thoughts on DIY Pointe Shoe Padding…

When I think of DIY pointe shoe padding, I personally lean towards using lambs wool. But there are dancers I’ve known who in a pinch put together some DIY padding out of paper towels. They’re actually surprisingly effective, however, we would never recommend using them unless you have no other options.

So, what’s the secret to making pointe shoes more comfortable? Padding. If you have any questions or additional advice, let us know in the comments below!

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