Thess Soft Pointe gel toe pads feature an odorless polymer gel and are one of the softest gel toe pads available. Toe pads are resistant to skin oils and are tear resistant while still easy to trim for the perfect fit. Refresh with talcum powder when needed.
I actually ordered these toe pads for fencing. I found my feet sliding forward in my shoes especially in lunges and putting a lot of pressure on my big toe. I'd used the bunheads silicon big toe covers before, but they ripped pretty quickly. I have danced for most of my life (23 of my 27 years) and taught pointe at my studio. I decided to try some dancewear solutions to my fencing problems. These toe pads had a great amount of padding for my feet. I have a very long big toe and pointe is really painful for me, but I decided to try these in my pointe shoes and couldn't believe the difference. I wish I'd been using these the whole time. They do run somewhat long (but fit in my pointe shoes just fine), and while the tip is rounded, these may not work as well for some foot shapes and sizes - like very square toe lines and narrow, small feet. I wear an 8.5 street shoe and like I said, I have a super long big toe. I do wish they had some breathability, but they are exactly as described, so I knew what I was getting. At least they are easily washed off and a little talcum powder will keep them fresh.
Overall, I love these. I'm going to order more for myself so I can have some in my dance bag and some in my fencing bag, and everyone in the fencing club has seen them and started ordering them! I wear these 3-4 days a week for about 2 hours per day, and for competitions on the weekends for 8-10 hours a day. Haven't seen any wear or tearing yet in the 3 months I've used them.
I purchased these gel toe pads when returning to pointe work after a 4 year hiatus and I am incredibly disappointed in this product. The pads are not what I pictured at all. I was expecting a typical gel pointe pad, which is thin and made of cloth surrounding the gel. This product is very thick, and it's just gel (with no cloth). Not only is it difficult to get your toes in a comfortable position in the pad (as they stick together and it's difficult to keep them from being on top of each other), you can't feel where you are in your shoes while en releve. I'm pretty confident in my pointe work, even after taking a long break from it, and wearing these toe pads made me terrified to releve at all. This is dangerous for experienced dancers and especially for those who are new to pointe. I would not recommend this product.
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I love these toe pads so much! The first time I wore them, I didn't feel any pain. I am extremely prone to blisters and foot pain in general, but these have made all the difference. Just as a side note, they feel really awkward the first time you put them on before you put on your shoes, but once you start dancing they feel just fine!. I have worn ouch pouches and gellows in the past, but these are the best by far.
I wore my first pair of these for about 5 years and loved them! They didn't sweat or rip, and the design is genius. They are very thin along the edges, so you are not dancing on a ridge, and have more padding along the tips and sides of your toes where you need it most. They are cushier than any other toe pad I've tried while still being very durable. I recently had to replace my old pair, because after 5 years they finally got rips in the toes. The new ones sweat more than my old ones, but I still prefer them to the other brands I've tried. I have narrow feet and tapered toes, so these really save my big toes!
These toe pads provide good cushion for someone that doesn't do pointe very often and may not have the best arches. I am 25 years old and have found that pointe work has become more difficult for my feet over the years; these toe pads have been my saving grace. The only criticism I have of them is that the sides don't come up as far as I would like, however I appreciate that the toe is thicker than the sides, so my foot doesn't have to squeeze even more into the shoe. I would definitely buy these again.
I have been using these toe pads for 3 years now, and they are the most comfortable pads I've ever used...and I've tried them all! I have very wide and boxy feet with square, even-length toes and while I have to stretch the sides down when putting them on because of my wide toe configuration, they stay in place and provide maximum cushioning for heavier dancers(130lbs and up) or for dancers who just like the extra cushioning. Just dust them with talcum powder after every couple of uses and they will last forever. I've been wearing the same pair for 3 years!