The vent that is supposed to aid in allowing the toe to breath is a bit of a flaw in the design in my experience with trying these. I have a badly bruised toe and I thought these would help cushion the toe while it is healing, but the vent (hole) at the tip of the gel actually molds around my toe and pushes the skin through the hole adding more pressure and pain after a while. They are probably fine for 30 minutes or less, or if you aren't doing very rigorous pointe work, but these did not work well for me being on pointe for 1-3 hrs at a time like I had hoped.
I wear these toe caps on my big toes, along with a full toe pad, because I'm a bit of a wimp :) I have slightly ingrown toenails, and these help a lot with pain after an hour and a half on pointe. They tear VERY easily though, so you'll be going through these pretty fast if you decide you like them. They're just another layer that helps me enjoy pointe work even more!
I have a Egyptian foot, where the big toe is the longest, followed by the other ones filling off. Due to the fact that my big toe is longer than the others, I have had problems with big toe pressure in several of my point shoes. One day, I tried on these caps at a dance wear store during a pointe shoe fitting and fell in love. They are not "bulky" in my shoes and have lasted a couple months. Hooray Bunheads! :)
I would say that this product is good for the price. I only wear padding on my big toes. I sweat a lot everywhere and the gel tips stayed in place. And, I have a bruised toenail and I could barely feel it when I wore this product. However, my toes burst through them during my first use. I would advise that you buy a more durable quality from a different brand, or buy these in bulk.
I got these because I got the ouch pouch JR. and the ouch pouches were too thin.
These are GREAT! but.... my only complaint is that after 6 -1 hour classes they have lots of tears and rips in them.
Buy them for a performance or If your going to use them only a couple times.
I also would like to say that After Every time you use them
PLEASE WASH THEM.
You offer Bunheads gel tips in sizes S/M, M/L, and XL, but nowhere can I find out what the difference is between them. Are the larger sizes longer? Bigger around? Thicker gel? All of the above? I'd like to see some measurement numbers so I know what will work best for my feet. Thanks!