How to find your right size

The sole of Grishko® pointe shoes identifies the size – from 1 to 9. How to identify your size?

Let’s take measurements

1. Stand on the piece of A4 paper (if it possible, make these measurements in the evening);

2. Stand straight and ask somebody to draw the contour of your foot, the pencil must be hold under an angle of 90° (perpendicularly);

3. Then make three measurements – the length of the foot (the length from the heel to the big toe of the feet), the circumference and the width of the feet must be taken through the most two prominent lateral points of the feet (as it is shown on the picture below).

Round-up the result to the integral multiple to five and relate the received figure to the value in the table – that will be your size.ris


Grishko® offers pointe shoes in 5 different widths:
X – for narrow feet
XX and XXX – for medium feet
XXXX – for wide feet
XXXXX – for super wide feet

 Measure your foot at its widest place (where the bunions are) to identify the required width the pointe shoes. Relate the result to the table data and identify your width. It is recommended to choose a width that provides a firm and painless fit. If you notice wrinkles on the fabric and gaps between the shoe and the foot, it means you need less width.

How to be sure you choose the right size

Fitting is the important part of choosing pointe shoes.
To ensure that the shoe fits the foot perfectly you should use some of the methods below.

Method 1.

Make a plie – if the ankle-joint muscle is too strained, it means that the pointe shoes are small. During making plie you will feel the shoes toe part by your longest toe, the shoe should not press the toe.

Method 2.

Stand en pointe and make sure the heel part of the shoe fits your foot snugly. In properly fitted pointe shoes, the rear part should not seem loose and take down easily.

Method 3.

While standing en pointe turn the rear part of the shoe inside out and make sure that the insole does not extend beyond the your heel contour (line), but is located just behind your heel.


There is one more method for checking whether you have chosen the right pointe shoes. Look at your old pointe shoes and check that the platform is worn equally .  

How to choose the shank

The pointe shoe insole shank plays an important role of foot support. The key factor for selection here is the foot strength. The insole will support the foot, but not affect during working. The pointe shoes are chosen individually, depending on the comfort level, but the insole shall be neither too hard, nor too soft.

The choreographers recommend beginners to choose pointe shoes with medium shank hardness, which provides a proper muscle workout and supports the child’s incompletely formed foot. Dancing in such pointe shoes, girls will be able to develop their arch pretty well. The fitters recommend pointe shoes with a hard insole for strong feet.

Types of Grishko® pointe shoe shanks:

Pointe Shoes:

S – soft

M – medium

H – hard

SS – super soft

SH – super hard


LM – light medium

LH – light hard

Innovative Pointe Shoes
(dream pointe & dream pointe 2007):

SF – soft flexible

MF – medium flexible

SHF – super hard flexible

Grishko ® Size correspondence chart 

Size chart is provided as a reference and an approximate guide only and does not guarantee an exact or perfect fit. The proper fit of pointe shoes depends on individual foot shape and toe pads used by dancer. The recommended way to determine correct pointe shoe size is to be fitted in local shop.


Grishko pointe shoes features chart

POINTE SHOE features