Bloch's "Amelie" pointe shoe features gently curved sides on the box that encourage the foot into the correct alignment. The shanks are graded in strength to allow the dancer to roll up onto pointe with ease.
I have spent a fortune trying many different brands and styles of pointe shoes. These actually fit pretty well. The soft shank is great because my feet are not that strong and I can push through the shoe the way I'm supposed to, which is supposed to help with this. I don't know that I will ever find a pair that will not slip off my heels (because mine are extremely narrow, an old family trait, unfortunately passed down to me!), but other than that they are a good pair of shoes at a reasonable price.
When I got fitted for my first pair of pointe shoes these are the shoes I got. They lasted me a good amount of time considering that I used them alot. I think that these are very comfortable and at the same time gery supportive shoes. I recommend these shoes when getting your first pair.
These were my first pointe shoes, and i got them professionally fit. They were hard to break in, and did nawt flatter my feet AT ALL. Mine happened to be really squeky, i have NO idea why....It was also hard to get over the box...These were defnitly NOT the shoes for me.