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Adult "Balance European" Pointe Shoes Hard Shank

Style No: ES0160S

OUR PRICE:$71.95
RETAIL VALUE:$78.50 (Save 8 %)

Bloch's "Balance European" pointe shoe naturally contours the foot significantly improving injury prevention. The heel seam cushion reduces material creasing and maintains the perfect line of the foot when on pointe. The wide toe box provides a strong balancing platform. Other features include a low profile for the perfect continuation of the leg line and elastic binding for improved fit. Hard shank. Ribbons not included.

Content:
Satin

Features:
  • Wide Square Box
  • Short/Average Vamp
  • Low Profile
  • Flexible Shank
  • Medium/Hard Shank Strength
  • Medium/Hard Box Strength
  • Square Foot Shape


Adult "Balance European" Pointe Shoes
Elastorib Ribbon 7/8"
1" Pink Mesh Elastic


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Suggested Fitting: Women order 2-3 sizes smaller than street size
Available in sizes: (adult) 2.0-9.5 X,XX,XXX,XXXX

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  • Great pointe shoes for beginners.

    by: Kitty03 - 01/04/2016

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    I have been using these shoes for about four months, they are very durable and the strong shank really supports my arches. These are my first pair of pointe shoes and I so far, they are holding up really well, I dance on pointe three hours a week and the only the tips of the shoes are dirty, although the satin frays at the tips as well. I wore covers over the shoes to keep them clean until I broke them in, for the hard shank I would suggest bending the shank a lot to form to your arches. Overall, I would defiantly recommend these shoes for a beginner.

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  • The Shoe For Me

    by: brooklynballerina - 11/25/2014

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    These are the only shoes I wear. I have strong feet that are small lengthwise (I wear a size 5 street shoe), but I have wide, short toes and a narrow heel, so it took me a while to find the perfect pointe shoe. For me, these are the ones! I always 3/4 the shank, and I sew down the extra fabric on the inside of each shoe because I have a high arch and the shank pulls to the outside of my foot if I don't sew the sides. I started with the regular shank when I was a student, but the hard shank is definitely more supportive and more durable. I love these shoes and I love that I have found something that works for my feet.

    Age: 19-21

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  • Much different than the original shank

    by: Lovediscountdance - 11/15/2014

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    I bought these because I'v worn European Balance normal shank shoes for a while, but the always wear out so fast. The shank on these is fairly hard, but like the soft shanks, the box isn't very durable. Also, they are generally less comfortable than the normal shank. The real problem with these shoes is they have an extra (and very thick) piece of leather on the sole. This makes jumps much louder, demi pointe harder, pointing your foot more difficult, and most of all balance nearly impossible. These shoes are perfect for you if you have strong feet and don't plan to wear them for long.

    Age: 15-18

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  • First Pair of Pointes Did Nt Disappoint

    by: PerfectlyOnPointe - 10/24/2014

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    These were my first pair of toe shoes! They were very comfortable, with a hard shank that supported my feet for 6 months. After that, I was till wearing them, but the shank is breaking down so I have to use my arches to stay up. They're amazing shoes though!!!! Just caution: when they break down, every part of the shoes goes at once.

    Age: 15-18

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  • by: danceplus - 12/27/2013

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    I LOVE this pointe shoe. I am 44 and plus size. The only reason that I say that it runs small is because I have wide feet. The fit and support are perfect for me, because it contours to my foot, which is hard because my heels are on the small side. I feel as if I can use every muscle in my foot and it feels like an extension of my whole body. I would recommend this point shoe to everyone. :)

    Age: 40-49

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  • Only for strong and bendy feet

    by: TweedyBird - 07/15/2013

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    I would only recommend the hard shank to girls with really strong and also flexible feet. My arches are not the best and so these shoes took a while to break in for me and by the time they did finally break in enough for me to dance well they had a mushy quality almost as if they were dead. But if you know how to work with stronger shanks this is a great shoe, however I would only recommend them to more experienced dancers.

    Age: 15-18

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  • Comfy but Bulky

    by: Odette - 06/27/2013

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    These shoes are wonderful and they fit almost any foot shape. I first had the medium shank and it turned out they were too soft so of course I bought these. I have extremely strong arches so these shoes are even a little soft. The pair I have right now are dead and I had them for a week. I absolutely love how comfortable these are, and the foam insert is a plus, but they make my feet look horrible!! When I am on pointe my arches look great but once I try to point the shank itself does not connect with my foot making it look even worse. I wear a 51/2 (x) and they look super wide and not flattering. Bloch pointe shoes tend to look that way and I hate it. The bloch alphas are not as bulky but still. I really do love these shoes but it's driving me crazy on how they look. For me personally, I would rather have a nice shoe then a comfy bulky one, but that's just me. So for my next pair I am trying something different but I do recommend these if you don't mind on how they look.

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  • Durable and very Supportive

    by: Margo1985 - 05/13/2013

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    I have had this model of Pointe shoe before in the regular shank. when I started to feel that the regular shank wasn't supporting me enough, I went to the hard shank. I have wide slightly tapered toes(aka Wide Greek Toe Configuration) and a narrow heel. These shoes from Day One felt great. though they are harder than the regular Balance European, I enjoy the extra support. I have ordered two pairs in the past 3 months. The first pair are not even dead yet, though I pancaked them and 3/4 shanked the inner most shank, they are very good Pointe Shoes. please keep these Pointe Shoes in stock, I think I may have found "The" Shoe.

    Age: 22-29

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  • These shoes are great!

    by: Kel5 - 11/03/2012

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    These shoes are great if you have wide feet. For me, the hard shank is what I needed, since I broke my other shanks very fast. I would defietly buy these again.

    Age: 15-18

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  • Perfect for my wide strong feet :)

    by: srah - 07/15/2012

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    Fit: True to size

    I love these shoes!! I have very wide, strong feet so the shank is perfect! I love the fact that the shoe already has a bit of an arch already which makes it easier to dance in and a breeze to break in. Due to my wide feet these shoes provide the perfect support and makes it easier to balance. The built in foam cushions my toes and i dont seem to get any blisters with these shoes :D

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  • Great Shoe for Strong, Wide Feet

    by: Gamzatti - 06/20/2012

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    Fit: True to size

    I'm on my second pair of these shoes and I still love them! I have very small ( 6 1/2 in street shoes#, very wide # 2XX for Bloch, D for Capezio) feet, and very strong feet. These shoes fit like a glove. When you first get the shoes, the shank already has a sort of natural arch to it # which helped for my relatively low arches) so it makes these hard shoes just a little bit easier to break in. The box is a lot easier to stand on because it's constructed for wider feet so balancing is a breeze on these.They last for a long time, if you consider 1 month a long time. Overall, I would recoment these shoes to those with wider, stronger feet.

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  • by: Anonymous - 01/29/2012

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    These are great if you have really strong feet, but are not great if you just kill regular european balances too fast. They are a double shank, and are extremely hard, I believe much more than twice as hard as regular european balances. Still, very durable and if they work they will last you a long time.

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  • Very surprised

    by: MDancer - 11/08/2011 - California,

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    Fit: True to size

    I actually really love this pointe shoe. I normally wear expensive Gaynor Minden , but these Bloch's honestly made my turns better and feel a lot more comfortable than the Gaynor. It's worth a try and the price is a much better choice.

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  • I wish that they came harder than this

    by: dallas - 11/07/2011

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    I have been in Grishko 2007 for the last 3 years, and I was not liking the support from the 3/4 shank in Grishko. I'm a size 8 to 8 1/2 street shoe and my feet are moderately wide but very compressible when up on pointe, and my fitter was determined that 6.5 XX was my size (she wanted me in a 6 but my toes were jammed into the ends of the shoe). However I feel that I may need a 7 X instead because my big toes are being crunched a little in class and the box twists on my toes when I releve quickly on one foot. As for being a hard shank, it seems slightly harder than the grishko medium shank, and for someone with a very high arch, I wish that they came harder than this.

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