This demi-pointe shoe is the first transition from the soft ballet slipper to the pointe shoe. It is especially developed for inexperienced dancers to prepare for pointe work. This shoe is going to help you strengthen your feet and your ankles and get used to practicing in a pointe shoe box. They have a medium vamp, soft box and no shank so they ensure great balance and no pressure on the forefoot. They are recommended for beginner use for a 6 month period before going on pointe.