Many of you are asking what are the best shoes for Aeroballet, Contemporary and Le Discoteque. Now it really depends on the person, weight, use of the floor, confidence with ballenetic moves. In theory, you can do a Ballet class just wearing socks on your feet. It don’t give you any grip whatsoever, and this can make it hard to hold some of the foot positions. It can also causing you to slip! But it is better than trying to do a class in bare feet. Then you won’t have enough slip to be able to glide your feet through the motions. So socks are better than nothing at all! For beginners I recommend start with socks used as pirouette socks – socks which just cover the front half of your foot and your toes.
First shoes ever, for beginners, you need a flat leather or satin shoe. Leather will last much longer than the satin. You should always try to buy the shoes ahead of time so that you can try them out a bit at home first to get used to them. And they will need a little bit of work before they can be used. Easier to use the flat sole, it involves less awareness about shift the weight, therefore it is easier to dance with.
Split sole dance shoes are more difficult to use but they keep your feet sculpted and stretched.
You may prefer Jazz shoes, I love them for cardio and they let your feet use the floor and you can still use all your toes with a good awarness about your moves. You may find jazz shoes bit more difficult at the barre, for stretch the toes. The amalgama one I find very efficient for the 360 degree system that helps to turn.
Some of you prefer to have some support in the heels. In this case you have Pedini shoes or Paris shoes. Pedini it is easier to dance with, they are nice and make your legs longer. Again are more difficult to stretch the toes especially at the barre.
I found also really helpful Warm Up Bootie, especially when we work in cold spaces (as Churches). Just the thing for wearing between classes or during rehearsals, these warm up booties will keep your feet toasty and comfy.
The last thing you need to do it is place elastic on Ballet Shoes!! If your Ballet shoes don’t come with elastic already attached, you simply sew on elastic pieces, usually it comes with the shoes, across the shoe so that it will be in place. There are a few different ways of placing the elastic, also I used in the past different colors of elastic and different sizes. Whatever use a good quality and wide elastic that won’t easily fray or snap.
Criss-cross method is the most popular and secure!!