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Adult "Balance European" Pointe Shoes Hard Shank

Style No: ES0160S
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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.

See sizing tab for important fitting suggestions.

Content:
Satin

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



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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

This information is shown as a guide only and not a guarantee.
Actual fitting may vary.

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  • Rey   04/06/2022

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOES

    These are my go-to for dance and recitals

    Age: 15 to 18     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Cat72   02/10/2021
    Tinley Park,IL

    5 star rating

    My daughter has a bit wider foot and these shoes in a tripleX are the best. We have done several, 1-2 hour long shoe fittings and we always come back to this shoe for the price, quality and overall ability to last through four days of pointe per week. I always order several at a time to ensure we have new shoes on hand as her size at times are unavailable elsewhere.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Ms.CyndyinTroy   10/08/2019
    Troy,OH

    5 star rating

    GOOD FOR NON-TAPERED FOREFOOT. STRONG SHANK IS NOT A PROBLEM.

    Shoe is pre-arched in manufacturing and helps dancers who say that other shoes caused difficultly in getting over on full pointe. Dancers who wear 4x width in Grishko generally 3x in European Balance. Dancers who wear out the shank in Bloch European Balance before the toe box have the option of the hard shank in the Bloch European Balance. The Bloch European Balance runs wider in the toe box than Grishko 2007. The Bloch European works well for girls that have 3 toes approximately same length rather than a second toe longest. Bloch European Balance in regular medium shank is durable enough for most dancers. The hard shank version comes in larger sizes, and the box is definitely wider than Grishko 2007 without looking clunky.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • osmac   10/08/2018
    Whittier,CA

    5 star rating

    GREAT FOR WIDE FEET

    My girls love these shoes, its really hard to find them the perfect shoes because they have wide feet... We have tried many but come back to these point shoes Balance European. We would just love if they would have a harder shank, because of the girls strong arches they die pretty fast.

    Age: 15 to 18     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • melissa   06/25/2018
    Cainta, Rizal,

    5 star rating

    GREAT FOR WIDE FEET WITH BUNIONS

    wide platform helps someonw like me which is on the heavier side with narrow ankles. the hard shank allows me to use the shoes much longer and support for my adult weight

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Awesome! But squeaky...   12/26/2016
    Beaumont,TX

    4 star rating

    Love these shoes! So supportive! I feel so confident in these shoes that I decided to mold my Perfect Fit shoe inserts to these. They do need to be scraped when brand new because the sole gives off an uncomfortable squeak noise when I try to go up for a turn without scraping beforehand.

    Age: 15 to 18     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Kitty03   01/04/2016

    5 star rating

    GREAT POINTE SHOES FOR BEGINNERS.

    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.

    Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • brooklynballerina   11/25/2014

    5 star rating

    THE SHOE FOR ME

    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     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Lovediscountdance   11/15/2014

    3 star rating

    MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE ORIGINAL SHANK

    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     Comfort: 1 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • PerfectlyOnPointe   10/24/2014

    5 star rating

    FIRST PAIR OF POINTES DID NT DISAPPOINT

    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     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • danceplus   12/27/2013

    5 star rating

    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     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • TweedyBird   07/15/2013

    4 star rating

    ONLY FOR STRONG AND BENDY FEET

    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     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Odette   06/27/2013

    4 star rating

    COMFY BUT BULKY

    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.

    Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • Margo1985   05/13/2013

    5 star rating

    DURABLE AND VERY SUPPORTIVE

    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     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Kel5   11/03/2012

    5 star rating

    THESE SHOES ARE GREAT!

    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     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • srah   07/15/2012

    5 star rating

    PERFECT FOR MY WIDE STRONG FEET :)

    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

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Gamzatti   06/20/2012

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOE FOR STRONG, WIDE FEET

    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.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   01/29/2012

    4 star rating

    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.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • MDancer   11/08/2011
    California,

    5 star rating

    VERY SURPRISED

    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.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • dallas   11/07/2011

    5 star rating

    I WISH THAT THEY CAME HARDER THAN THIS

    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.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • dance mom     09/26/2012

    When will this shoe (ES0160S) with the hard shank become available, please?

    At this time we do not have date as to when this shoe will be available, sorry for the inconvenience. When we do, there will be a follow up answer to this question.
    - DDS Customer Service (09/26/2012)

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