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Is there a left and right foot?

There is no left and right foot however once worn they will take on the shape of the foot.

What is the best shoe to wear for my ballet exam?

This can vary depending on the syllabi, however, the best shoe to wear for your exam is the one prescribed by your teacher. The most popular styles for examinations are the Prolite Leather and Prolite Satin.

Where on the shoe are the elastics sewn?

See our guide for more information.

What is the purpose of no binding on some of the shoes?

No binding on shoes eases any pressure points on the foot.   

What is the difference between full sole and split sole?

A full sole ballet shoe features a continuous suede outsole and a split sole ballet shoe has a two-part suede outsole, one at the ball of the foot and one at the heel. The full sole helps to develop the intrinsic muscles through resistance and the split sole allows the foot to arch without resistance.

Are Ballet Flats available in different width fittings?

Ballet Flats are available in four widths, A, B, C and D – A being the narrowest fit and D being the widest. It is recommended to visit your nearest Bloch store for a professionally fitted shoe as the width and length may vary according to the shoe chosen. 

Do all Ballet Flats come with elastic?

All Bloch Ballet Flats have elastics supplied and some styles are pre-sewn.

Do any Ballet Flats come with ribbon attached?

No style of Bloch Ballet Flat has pre-attached ribbons, however, these can be easily purchased.

How should Ballet Flats fit?

It is important to fit Ballet Flats with toes flat and without too much room at the end. The shoes will stretch a little so a glove-like fit is preferred.

What is the canvas in Bloch Ballet Flats?

We use two different types of 100% cotton canvas in our shoes, the lightweight Florentine canvas and the Square Weave canvas. 

Does canvas stretch as much as leather?

No. Although canvas does give with wearing of the shoe so a firm fit is recommended.

Do canvas shoes last as long as leather shoes?

A canvas Ballet Flat will not be as durable as a leather Ballet Flat.