When did you first become interested in ballet heels?
I only met ballet heels in June 2008. I had a pair by late August. I was up and about on them the day I got them. I didn’t research enough to realise I probably shouldn’t be able to walk in them so easily but what I didn’t know, didn’t hurt me. I have some ballet training, but gave it up for competitive swimming and diving in my early teens.
Why do you think you can use them so easily?
Ha. Maybe I give a good impression that it’s easy. I am not sure why they are such a challenge to other people and why they aren’t for me.
What size Ballet Boot do you recommend I buy?
Larger, or smaller, or the same I wear in regular shoes?
Ballet heels are manufactured to size as any other shoe you find on the shelf. If you take a size 10 regular shoe, or pump, then you will take a size 10 ballet boot, although you will notice that padding is necessary to make the foot snug in the boot after wearing it for a while. If you are serious about using ballet heels, I would suggest you look at getting a size smaller than you normally use in order to compensate for the foot compaction while you wear the heels.
For shoes, I recommend buying a size smaller or if you are wearing pantihose/stockings with them, remember these items make the foot smaller. Boots can be worn with socks, but if you buy ballet shoes in the same size and put stockings on your feet, the shoe will be baggy on the foot and you won’t be able to wear them properly.
As a personal example, I wear a size 38 Italian Heel. I wear 36-37 Euro size ballet heels. In the highest heel brand, I wear a 37.
Can you sell me Ballet Heels?
I had a few pair of well made and balanced Ballet Heels for sale. The story as to why I am not selling anymore is stranger than fiction but competition is harsh out there for this small market and pushy foreign types simply don’t like to share. If you would like to make an enquiry I often practice random acts of kindness for those who can prove to me they are worthy of such an exchange.
What Brand is best?
Devious is the most popular brand due to their large marketing budget. They only have drop shipping arrangements with their “partners” so do not ever believe the heels are with the seller.
There are other manufacturers but they are all based in China and possibly all come out of the same factory. Branding is a symbol, or words and can be added to a non branded shoe shipment for a small price per unit. It’s really more important to research the manufacturer and in my case, know somebody who understands shoe construction who can directly advise me what is good and what is not.
I do not prescribe to the notion that Devious are the best brand because of their price as some are asserting. They possibly are selling Devious heels themselves through their online store. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life but many people also believe that if you pay a lot of money, then the product has to be good. Not true. Ever. Please be aware that many of those sites who are apparently working in conjunction with online sellers actually own the online store, no matter how much they insist it’s a partnership.
What do you use to protect your feet from the ballet heels?
Sometimes I use nothing, depending on which shoes I wear, but since I like nice feet, I use ballet dancer ouch pouches for my toes. They are a silicone gel impregnated fabric. They aren’t going to stop your ankles hurting, or give complete comfort to your toes. Ballet heels are not easy shoes to wear and walk around in. I cannot stress this enough. I know I MAKE it look easy, but many of you know, they are far from it.