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There are many different foot types, but most fall into one of the following categories:
Many dancers have fine-boned, delicate feet to go with their thin, fine-boned bodies. These feet are usually highly compressible in the metatarsal area. If you gently squeeze the sides of the foot at the metatarsal the bones will move easily. There is not a great deal of flesh between them. Often this foot is a Greek or Egyptian foot.
Standing flat, this foot may create a relatively wide footprint, because
the bones spread out to the sides. But en pointe, the foot compresses
and the bones squeeze into one another. Thus the shoe that is sufficiently
wide standing flat is too wide en pointe and the dancer slides easily
into the box, causing pressure on the already prominent big toe or long
second toe. Dropping into the box too much also causes the shoe to be
too long and baggy en pointe, even though it may just barely be long enough
standing flat. Suggestion:
To keep this foot comfortable, try a Dynamic Boxliner
and/or a Full Sockliner.