Recently I had someone ask if I had ballet boots in my dungeon (not yet) and if I would incorporate them into a scene (if I had them, yes).
When the person asked about being made to do pirouettes and things, I knew they didn’t understand that ballet boots are not meant to actually dance or even walk in. They’re fetish/fantasy footwear. This means they are used for looks and to invoke a certain feeling in the wearer or observer rather than having practical use.
I did a fetish/fantasy photo shoot in 2016 in which I wore mine but made it look like I was at the barre, taking class or warming up or something. Here’s a photo from the shoot:
I know I make it look “normal” or “easy” or whatever, but it was actually a very painful shoot.
See, ballet boots do not actually have support for you to stand like this, like actual pointe shoes do:
The vamp of the toe in a ballet boot is just some rubber or vinyl material. The vinyl is the thicker but flexible stuff used to make shoes and boots. However, there is no reinforced box or shank to help support your foot and the weight of your body as there is with pointe shoes. As a result standing en pointe in a ballet boot will feel much more painful.
It also can be dangerous. People who dance en pointe have had years of training their feet, ankles, and legs so they can stand, walk, and dance in that position. Without training, and in a pair of shoes not even meant for walking to begin with, you can really hurt yourself.
So, ballet dolls or footwear masochists, please be careful when wearing these shoes or you might end up with broken toes or ankles, torn ligaments, or possibly worse, if you fall.