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.
So, 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.