This being my first pair of toe pads, I haven't had much experience with other toe pads, but I love these! They provide relief and bunion coverage. I also really like the color and the fact that you can reverse it. The only cons about these is that they hold in sweat and they get sweat stains. They fit a 1x-2x width of pointe shoes. If you are looking for your first pair of toe pads and you want gel ones, get them!
Bought one pair of Ouch Pads in each color to rotate to help cut down on the "smell factor" that comes with long days en pointe.. Ouch Pads wash well and air dry overnight. Dancer has long toes, large size fits well.
I've had these for about three years now, and I love them. I have only needed to replace them once in my whole time en pointe. I love them they aren't too thin nor too thick. They give just the right amount of protection so that I can feel the floor while not having much pain. The only time I had to complain about this product is when I switched from Gamba to Bloch. I was used to the wide more open feel of Gamba and when I had to break in the new Bloch's I felt more pain than I had when I was in the Gamba's. Overall I love this product and would most defiantly refer my friends to use it.
I have tried many, many different kinds of toe pads. Lambs wool toe pads were too thin and painful, eurotards were too thick and I couldn't feel the floor, and gellows didn't last. These are comfortable like the gellows, but they last SO much longer. My gellows toe pads would always get holes in them, and then the gel would wear away, and I would be left with just the thin fabric. The ouch pouches are truly wonderful. They're comfortable, but you can still feel the floor, and they last for ages. I'd definitely recommend them!
I've had these toepads for 2-years to accompany my pillows for pointe gellows, on days where the gellows wouldnt do much...and i wanted to feel the floor better and also try another brand of toepads because my feet were getting stronger so i needed a little less padding in my shoes:) .....these work miracles on my feet for feeling the floor , and on other days where i have blisters from doing pointe i just use the gellows.....i' love them so my mom bought me two pairs both are purple pink and totally stylish ......