This shoe was my first pointe shoe and I thought that this shoe was ok until I tried on other ones. This shoe does not allow you to get all the way up on your box, and it restricts your dancing on pointe. All the girls in my class had it and they changed cuz no one could get up on their box with them. If you do get these do not get a hard shank because you won't be able to do anything in them. I would never recommend these to anyone.
I love everything about this shoe, it's looks, feel, sounds. It works for beginners to advanced. I dance six days a week for three hours and they never hurt except for the first few days(breaking them in)other wise they are awesome.
I bought these shoes at the beginning of this past year because my old shoes were too small. I have found them very hard to break in and they KILL my feet. My toes specifically. I thought it was just because they were new but I've had them for 4 months now and I can barely last an hour and 15 minute class once a week. I would not recommend these shoes to anyone.