These shoes are built on Sansha's premiere last and are perfect for class, exams, and performances; featuring a squarer box and a soft sole. Soft demi-pointe are not to be used for pointe work. Elastic is included.
I bought these for a photo-shoot (I didn't want to trash a new pair of pointe shoes) and was really disappointed. I am a 7.5, so the sizing chart said I was a 10. However, when I got the shoes the size was huge even with toe pads. The quality is also really poor. I do like the color of the satin and the sole. Overall the shoe is not worth buying. Sadly I spent fourteen dollars on express shipping and have to return it.
I use these for all my students that do not have a nice deep arch. They are wonderful. This shoe is so soft in the shank it gives them the most optimum stretch into the arch and helps them increase their arch as the dance in them. I would not recommend these for novice pointe dancers that are young and not properly prepared for pointe work. My students go through a rigorous 1 year strength and conditioning program before getting their shoes, so even my novice dancers with low arches go into these right away, but I am aware that the many dance schools put students that are too young or not conditioned properly on pointe. These shoes would not be ideal for that situation. They would need a harder shank so the shoe can do the actual work for them.