The Perfect Pointe Book

All The Tips, Tricks And Exercises You Need To Know About Starting En Pointe

How Do You Stop Pointe Shoes From Twisting On Your Foot?

If the shoe is otherwise a good shape, but is twisting on your foot en pointe, this may be simply remedied by breaking in the heel in the correct place before you work in it. If the shank is too firm and has no discernable curve when you are en pointe then it is too stiff and needs to be worked before you wear it, as otherwise it will pull you off pointe or twist away from the sole of the foot. I break in all my girls shoes using the following technique and they love wearing the shoes from day 1.

So, how do you break in a shoe? I have created a little video clip of the process which you can veiw in the ‘Videos’ section. This is how you go about breaking the shoes in correctly…


  • Turn the satin of the heel of the shoe inside out so that you can see the sole.
  • Place your foot in the shoe (with any padding/ouch pouches that you will wear when dancing).
  • Place the foot en pointe (dont take your whole weight on it, just press down a little.
  • Find the point of your foot where the arch ends and the heel begins.
  • Turn you finger over and find where this is on your shoe.
  • Remove your foot from the shoe, and gently, using the floor, shape the back of the shoe down to this point only.
  • The rest of the shank should stay straight and the shoe should curve perfectly up under your heel.
  • This will help support you in the shoe to stop sinking down, and will also make the shoe last longer.


  krowan wrote @

my daughter has the same problem her point shoe twists to the inside of her foot and her heel sits half off the shank of the shoe. We have tried 13 different brands and finally decided it was her not the shoes. We have started sewing an extra piece of elastic on the in side of her shoe from the ankle bone up to the elastic that goes around her ankle. Start this extra piece of elastic down by the shank or you can use pliers to push and pull the needle and sew the elastic to the shank and then sew it to the shoe up to the draw string area. Then with the shoe on stretch the elastic very tightly up to the ankle elastic and mark. then cut and sew it to the same spot on the ankle elastic. This doesnt tke that long once you figure out what you need for your foot and it pulls her shoe so the shank in under her foot.

  Brittany wrote @

My shank twists the other way in every pair of shoes i try but only on the left foot. Any suggestions on this?

  anna wrote @

I have a “twisted Shank” what does this mean??

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