• 15% off pointe shoes and all other dancewear for full time dance and drama students. Only at Dancia Reading!
  • 15% off pointe shoes and all other dancewear for full time dance and drama students. Only at Dancia Reading!

Pointe Shoe Fitting

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Pointe shoe fitting at Dancia Reading

We take our job very seriously, and want to spend as much time as necessary finding the right pair of pointe shoes for you.With that in mind, we would ask that you make an appointment to have your pointe shoes fitted.

Whether you are just moving on to pointe, or would like to try something new, please either give us a ring or email us, and we can agree on a day and time when one of our pointe shoe fitters will be available to give you all the help and advice you need.

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A Reputation That’s Second to None

Here at Dancia Reading, we have gained an unrivalled reputation for our pointe shoe fitting service.  Our friendly, qualified pointe shoe fitters spend time listening to and working with customers to find just the right pair of shoes for them.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Take a look at the testimonials from local dance teachers at the bottom of this page!  We look forward to hearing from you.  Don’t forget to book a pointe shoe fitting appointment first, and come prepared by checking out our preparation tips.

Better Stocked for a Better Fit

When deciding where to have your pointe shoes fitted, do check whether the store stocks a number of brands.  The fitter must have enough options in terms of make, style and size (both widths and lengths) to get the perfect fit.  Here at Dancia Reading, we keep an extensive range of sizes in Gaynor Minden, Merlet Cloe, Merlet Diva, Grishko 2007 (Medium and Hard shank), Grishko Proflex and Bloch Triomphe. We also stock demi-pointe shoes (sometimes called soft blocks or soft pointes) from Bloch, Grishko and Sansha.

Areas covered by our pointe shoe fitting service:

  • Reading
  • Oxford
  • Newbury
  • Swindon
  • Marlow
  • Maidenhead
  • Basingstoke
  • Slough
  • Bracknell

Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

Many customers come to us specifically for our wide range of Gaynor Minden pointe shoes.  Dancia Reading has one of the widest collections of Gaynor Minden stock outside London. Our fitters are highly experienced in fitting Gaynor Mindens and will be delighted to help you.

What Do Ballet Teachers Think About Our Pointe Shoe Fitting Service?

“Dancia Reading gives a reliable result, with recommendations that suit the candidates’ feet.  They have better ranges than some of the London shops, as many brands are stocked.  Girls are always happy when they come back from Dancia Reading, and I am happy that they have pointe shoes that fit.  In the past, with other stores, I have had to ask girls to try and take pointe shoes back, as they have been poorly fitted.  This has never been the case with Dancia Reading”

Tanya Schipelbaum AISTD CDE RTS RAD BA (Dance Ed)
Principal, Basingstoke Academy of Dance


“Our first pointe shoe fitting at Dancia Reading came about after a negative experience at another shop. I am so pleased to say that our fittings at Dancia have restored my faith and have been nothing but positive. I have had 18 sets of pointe shoes fitted so far this year and, despite coming from Basingstoke, will bring all students to Dancia for their pointe shoes in the future. The staff have been so accommodating and helpful in that they will be flexible with regard to appointment times and are not fazed by large groups. The staff are very knowledgeable and explain to every child, especially the students who are getting their first pointe shoes, what they should be feeling and how the pointe shoes should fit. This instils much confidence into the students. Parents (and I as a teacher) have been made very welcome and included in the pointe shoe fittings, and it has been a lovely and enjoyable experience for all. 

Dancia Reading keeps an excellent range of pointe shoes and an excellent range of sizes and widths to try.  When fitting pointe shoes, staff exhaust all possibilities and try many makes and sizes so that each student comes away with perfectly fitted shoes. It is lovely to see how staff understand that good pointe shoe fitting is highly important and spend all the necessary time getting it just right.”

Kelly Hopkins
Principal, North Hampshire Academy of Dance


“I recommend that my pupils have their pointe shoe fitting at your store because I know that enough time will be spent on the correct fitting of the shoes, which is essential. If the student is going to be happy and continue with her dancing, the shoes must fit perfectly. If the shoes are not a success, the pupil will give up and think she is a failure.

My pupils enjoy the experience of going to Dancia Reading.  They are always very excited and appreciate the special care provided.”

Monica Cleaver
Principal, Mo’s Dance and Drama Schools


“We have never had a single problem with any pointe shoes that have been fitted at Dancia Reading.  It is made into a special occasion for the girls and their parents.  Their range of pointe shoes is very good.  In fact, we have only ever had one child who couldn’t find a pair in stock that suited, but a pair were ordered straight away so even the most difficult feet can be catered for.”

Sam Clifton
Principal, Dance Connection


Preparing For Your Pointe Shoe Fitting

Tights: Please bring/wear your ballet tights to the fitting session.

Toe Nails:  Your toe nails should be short in order to avoid any pain or discomfort.

Padding:  If you want to have padding in your pointe shoes, then this will need to be worn while we fit them.  If this is your first pair of pointe shoes, then we will select padding appropriate to the size and shape of your feet.  If you are coming for a replacement pair of pointe shoes, then please bring your old padding with you.

Old Shoes:  It can be useful for the fitter to see your last pair of pointe shoes so, if this is a repeat fitting, please bring them with you.


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