We understand how important the perfect fit is to a dancer. That’s why each of our shoes are made using new lasts designed for the modern foot shape, and perfectly sized for dancer’s feet.
Most people are aware of the fact that body shapes and sizes have gotten larger over the past several decades — but did you know that foot shapes and sizes are changing, too? At the beginning of the 20th century, the average woman wore a size 3.5 or size 4 shoe. This grew to a 5.5 in the 40s through the 60s. And by the 1970s, the average woman’s foot was a 7.5. Today, the most common American woman’s foot size is between an 8.5 and a 9. And it’s not just sizes that are changing. The shape of the foot has also shifted, with a lower profile or crown. Yet, despite these important changes, most pointe shoemakers are still building their shoes based on lasts made in the 30s, 40s, or 50s.
Suffolk Pointe Shoes are made from modern lasts designed to fit the modern foot — and, more importantly, the modern dancer’s foot. Our new lasts were designed and hand-carved by an engineer and master pointe shoemaker, and then computer-graded for perfect sizing. Most dancers have feet that are slightly slimmer and flatter than those of the general public, and we design our lasts and our shoes with these details in mind. Of course, Suffolk Pointe Shoes are also made to measure, with professional fitting services available at Suffolk Dance Boutique and other authorized Retailers. Click here for our Size Chart.
Suffolk Pointe Shoes are available in nine width fittings, with the ability to choose in-between sizes. We offer the most precise fit on the market.