A Dancer’s Torture Device

brazilian_pointe_shoesPink satin. Pink satin is destined to forever change a dancer’s feet.

Those pretty little lily petal shaped satin slippers that appear to be gliding across the dancefloor, are actually quite deceiving. While it may appear that they are actually assisting in the graceful production of “Swan Lake” or “The Nutcracker,” they are actually physically tearing the dancer’s feet apart.

As someone who danced for most of her life, I can attest to the wear and tear pointe shoes have on a dancer’s feet. You can stretch the shoe, burn the shoe, wet the shoe and cushion the shoe until you are blue in the face (or the toes), but the fact of the matter is, they are meant to be torture devices. And never did a torture device appear so lovely.


Why is it that as women, we are willing to hurt our own feet for the greater good? The same goes for all of us ready and willing to slip our feet into that hot new pair of stilettos we saw at Bloomie’s last week. Are we as women masochists? Trend setters? Or risk takers?

Pointe shoes, like stilettos, leave many women with an endless list of foot injuries. Take your pick; from toe dislocations, bunions, blisters and even breaks. But damn, don’t we all look good while wearing them?

Many shoes have been inspired by the dancer’s pointe shoe. Ballet flats have become an everyday favorite amongst many women. The alternative to a high heel is most popular, because of its comfort level.


A huge difference from their inspiration. Many designers, even the most glamorous names, have fulfilled their line with many dancer inspired shoes. From Jimmy Choo to Stuart Weitzman, “ballerina flats” have completed many of their collections.

rainbow-pointe-shoesSo, the next time you purchase a pretty new pair of ballerina flats, be sure not to forget where the idea first came from. While your feet may appear to be as beautiful and graceful as that of a dancer’s, you hardly share the secret pain that many go through with the original.

18 Comments on A Dancer’s Torture Device

  1. dancer(:
    December 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I so agree with everything on here! And must we not forget the awesomelyyy lovelyyy pointe-shoe-feet stink? (;

  2. Taylor
    December 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm (6 years ago)

    this is ridiculous let ppl do wat they want dancing is soo worth it even if ur feet look bad u probably wouldnt know cause u have two left feet so there are many ways to cover up bad feet IF u get bad feet from pointe long story short ballet is sooo worth it and u only have one comment because all the others were bad and u didnt want to post them

  3. Kali
    January 6, 2010 at 12:40 am (6 years ago)

    Did somebody say the pointe-shoe-stink!?

    Let’s not forget the if-I-hadn’t-taped-them-most-of-them-would-be-falling-off pedicure! XD

  4. Yuki
    January 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm (6 years ago)

    True to this article. But Ballet is SOOO worth it. My feet looked bad and smelled even worse when wearing the pointe shoe. Kudos! <3

  5. balletgrrl
    January 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm (6 years ago)

    heyy wait a sec…
    dancing is sooo worth it!! it is sooo fun and great, and dancing on pointe is almost overy ballerinas dream so dont crush it! i read this open-mouthed!

  6. balletgrrl
    January 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm (6 years ago)

    i love dancing!!

  7. Hip-Hop queen
    March 4, 2010 at 12:24 am (6 years ago)

    Dancing is my life!!! I do have to agree with this website though.

  8. Dance24/7
    March 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Omg I <3 dance soooo much no matter how much it hurts. My teacher said in our tendues the box should be on the ground then came over and said "Janelle might be able to do it" she came over and pushed my foot into the ground. O well, keep on dancing.

  9. Richard
    March 17, 2010 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

    Dear Ballerinas,

    Please do not whine here, but go to do more pointe exercises!
    I love the beauty of the classical ballet and the pointe work is an essential part of it.

    Thank You,

  10. jess
    March 24, 2010 at 9:41 am (6 years ago)

    heyy dancing is mint i do sooo many how come so meany people put out your fire !! xxx

  11. dancerlover
    March 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm (6 years ago)

    omg ive been dancin since i was 3 and i have just been told im allowed to go on pointe im so excited but now im not so sure…
    who cares!!!!!!! LOL

  12. Franky
    April 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    wow touching article and oh so true. even though my feet look gorgeous on pointe I agree, I only go on pointe cause ballet is my life and if I had not I would not have been able to go on to a higher class level. My motto is “suffer in silence, do it for the love of dance”

  13. Linda
    January 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

    I have been taking pointe for four years now. I wear pointe shoes barefooted as they are most comfortable that way. I just turned 50.

  14. Carla
    February 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm (5 years ago)

    Great post! Personally, I love pointe shoes and the way they make my feet look. I never had much of a problem with injuries like my dancing comrades had, but I don’t deny that as a general rule – if a foot looks great inside a pointe shoe, it probably doesn’t look so good once it comes back out of the shoe.

  15. katie
    March 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I have been a dancer all my life i love it. I totally disaggrey with yuo i have been on pointe for two years and i have no injureys. dancing is my life and i say that no matter what it is worth is.

  16. Linda
    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I wear my pink pointe shoes barefooted except for toe pads. I find that they are more comfortable that way.

  17. Nadinetheballetdancer
    October 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

    im 12 and just got my 1st pair fri… boy are you right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my feet hurt so bad after the first class my mom took me to the doctor!

  18. Nadinetheballetdancer
    October 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

    im 12 and just got my 1st pair fri… boy are you right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my feet hurt so bad after the first class my mom took me to the doctor!

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