As the feet of the dancers are their basic "tool", they should be fully aware of all of their possible issues, not only for making their dance life easier, but for choosing the right pointe shoes as well. "Compressible feet" is an important one and it really gets involved and plays a significant role in the fitting procedure.
But what does exactly "compressible feet" mean?
The answer is simple! If you stand flat, gently squeeze with your hands the sides of your metatarsal and if your foot squeezes in and compresses, you've got compressible feet!
This type of foot accumulates many other issues, like if the feet are very flexible and compressible they will may go over the pointe, while if they are inflexible and compressible they will may not be able to get over the box. So, the issue of the compressible feet is that, WHEN EN POINTE, the feet are getting squeezed in and they are not able to achive the basic target of the pointe shoes (which is to go en pointe and stay there!).
Have no fear though! You just have to pay attention to find the appropriate pointe shoes that will fit you when standing en pointe. The pointes have to really support you in the metatarsal area. We, usually, provide "compressible-feet dancers" with narrower pointe shoes to fit them perfectly when they are en pointe. The shoes, of course, will be really painful when they stand flat, but they will gradually take the shape of the feet and then the pain will retreat. For example, if you are an XXXX width, you'll have to go for a XXX width, or even XX width for very compressible feet.
Last but not least, the V-cut pointe shoe models seem to go together with higher wings (the fabric of the sides of the box), which is really a significant parametre, as they give you further support.
BEWARE! The only reason not to go for pointe shoes like these if you have compressible feet, is to have a great sensitivity on your metatarsal bones. The pain will just be unbearable.
Seems like you have compressible feet but you are not sure? Go on and fill out our questionnaire if you need our opinion about your own pointe shoe sizing and models and let’s get fitted!