Pointe Shoes

Assemble´ Dancewear is a leader in professional pointe shoe fittings.  We carry dozens of styles of pointe shoes.  Noel Amend has been fitting pointe shoes for over 30 years.  Ginger Amend was a pointe teacher for over 20 years.


Pointe shoe fittings can take 60 to 90 minutes, and are done by appointment only.


To schedule an appointment with Noel, or Kellie please call the Castle Rock Store - 303.663.2066. 


Appointments may be scheduled by email at assembledancewearcastlerock@gmail.com



Why do I need an appointment to be fit in pointe shoes?


In order to fit shoes correctly, a great deal of time and care must be taken.  First time fittings can take up to 90 minutes, and re-fittings can take up to an hour.  Because of the time and attention needed to do a proper fitting, each person must have a reserved time.

To avoid injuries and assure a successful pointe dancing experience, fittings should be done by a trained expert.  Colorado dancers are fortunate to have qualified fitters who are willing to take the time to obtain a perfect fit for every dancer.


Why does the fitting take so long?


Assemble’ has dozens of pointe shoe styles in stock.  Much of the fitting time is spent trying on many different styles, fine tuning length, width and shank strength to achieve the perfect fit.  In addition, some time is taken with education about the care of the shoes, safety, and other basic necessary information.  Finally, most dancers take advantage of the sewing services to attach ribbon and elastic, and the follow-up given afterward.

Assemble’ has learned from dancers who have been fitted elsewhere that we are unique in offering such a complete and in-depth fitting experience.  For this reason, dancers travel from all over the world (customers in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, England, Norway, Mexico, as well as most U.S. states) to be fitted at Assemble’.


What does Assemble’ require to schedule a fitting?


The dancer must have teacher approval and be at least 10 years old.  Fittings must be scheduled in advance, and the dancer should come dressed in leotard and convertible tights.  For re-fittings, dancers should bring old pointe shoes for examination. 


Why do I have to be 10 years old?


There are 2 reasons; one is physical, one is emotional.  Dancing en pointe before your muscles and skeleton are mature enough can cause life long injuries.  In the U.S., it is recommended that ossification be 85% complete before going en pointe to avoid permanent damage.  (Ossification is the closure of the growth plates between the phalanges and the metatarsals).  Dancers vary in their readiness and technique.  Although most medical professionals consider 10 years old to be a safe age to begin pointe training, Assemble’ recommends waiting until age 11 or 12.

Moreover, pointe dancing is serious business.  Some younger dancers under the age of 10 are not emotionally mature enough to handle the rigors of this kind of training.


Is there a fitting fee?


There is no fee if you purchase pointe shoes from Assemble’ the same day as the fitting.  If you do not purchase shoes, there is a $40 consultation fee.  You may apply the $40 consultation fee to a purchase of the exact pointe shoe in which you were fit within 30 days of the original fitting.


What brands of pointe shoes does Assemble’ carry?

Assemble’ carries multiple styles within the following brands: Bloch, Capezio, Chacott, Freed, Grishko, Intermezzo, Russian Pointe, Sansha, & Suffolk.  Assemble’ can also order pointe shoes from Mirella & So Danca.


Does Assemble' sell both paste-box and plastic construction pointe shoes?


Assemble' has chosen to sell only pointe shoes which are constructed with traditional paste-boxes and traditional shank materials.  Assemble’s decision results from 30 years of fitting pointe shoes, Ginger’s decades as a dancer and pointe teacher, and feedback from ballet teachers and our customers (students and professionals).  The pointe shoe fitters at Assemble’ care deeply about the health and progress of dancers.  We sell products we believe are less likely to cause injuries and more likely to promote proper training.


When correctly fitted, paste-box shoes mold to the shape of the dancer's foot.  Plastic toe boxes do not change shape or mold to the shape of the foot.  It has been our experience that paste-box shoes simply fit better and become "one" with the foot, allowing the dancer control and artistry, without doing too much of the work for the dancer.


A pointe shoe that does not fit well can lead to injuries.  Because Assemble’ Dancewear achieves an exceptional fit with the paste-box shoes we sell, our customers rarely complain of injuries.   In contrast, many of our customers who have tried plastic shoes mention problems with bruised or lost toenails and/or pain in the achilles tendons.  


In addition, a number of teachers have commented to us that they prefer traditional shoes over plastic shoes for various training and technical reasons.  This feedback, and our own experience, has led us to the opinion that paste boxes and traditional shanks are the better option for most dancers.


Pointe Shoe Fitting Experts Since 1978!

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