The next factor is the type of pointe toe you want to express. A square box may make the best rehearsal shoe, but you also want to be adroit with a tapered edge for that elongated and lithe look on stage. The best way to gain expertise in both is to alternate them regularly. Grishko makes an excellent square box with their popular Elite model. This shoe is quiet and lightweight and provides maximum performance with jumps. The sturdy box and short vamp are ideal for landing and working with quick footwork at the barre.
Finally, you might have a preference with the vamp for maximum comfort in the toes. The longer vamp works best for dancers who have a second toe larger than the first, or for dancers who want a little extra height en-pointe. Medium vamps are the most popular choice and will accommodate most types of feet. And the short vamp is a great head start for beginners, as it is easier to make the roll or jump to pointe. (The end)