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We are pointe shoe experts.

Pointe shoe fittings are our specialty. Our entire staff has had extensive experience dancing on pointe, has received hands-on training in fitting techniques, foot structure and types, and has learned the specifics of each shoe according to the manufacturer. Assessing elements like foot type, instep, crown, width, stability, and flexibility, we ensure you’ll leave with the perfect shoe for YOU.

We’ll focus on your shoes . . .

so you can focus on your dancing.

General information about fittings at Allegro:

Appointments are always appreciated, and during busy times of year may be REQUIRED! We will accept walk-ins if we are able. Weekends in Evanston fill quickly. Request an APPOINTMENT or call Allegro: Evanston (847-733-8460) or Allegro: Barrington (847-277-1009) to schedule a time, 24 hours in advance, for a pointe shoe fitting so that we may be better prepared to assist you. We offer pointe fittings at both the Evanston and Barrington boutiques. Currently, the BEST selection is in Evanston, so if you are having trouble finding great shoes, we suggest you schedule your appointment there.

  • Please do not arrive later than ONE HOUR before store closing if you need a full pointe shoe fitting.
  • Please allow about an hour minimum for your fitting, although you may be done sooner if you are experienced, are coming for a quick replacement, or know exactly what you want to try.
  • Please bring your old pointe shoes and your current toe pads. Wearing a pair of tights is also helpful.
  • Make sure your toenails are trimmed, but try not to cut them the day of the fitting, as this can cause sensitivity and will affect your perception of fit.
  • Please show your pointe shoes to your teacher for approval BEFORE sewing on ribbon and elastics. Shoes may not be returned once they have been sewn.


We are proud to carry an expanding selection of pointe shoes with over 30 different styles to choose from between our 2 Allegro locations, including those made by:

Bloch Dance Logo Capezio LogoChacott logo Freed of London LogoGaynor Minden LogoGrishko LogoRepetto Logo Russian Pointe LogoSuffolk Pointe Company Logo



Information for beginners:

Fitting appointments for beginners are a MUST! Your first pointe shoe fitting is very special, and should not be rushed. We’re so excited about your accomplishment and want to have the time to teach you what to expect, and how to sew and care for both your shoes and your feet. Call the boutique or make an appointment HERE

  • Please allow for up to two hours for your first pointe shoe fitting, although you may be finished in an hour. It is to your benefit to try several different kinds of shoes before we find one that is right for you. Every foot and every dancer is different.
  • Before getting pointe shoes, you MUST have the approval of your ballet teacher. Pointe shoes are not for beginning ballet students!
  • Please consult with your teacher beforehand to get any specific suggestions about pointe shoe brands and toe pads.
  • Wear a pair of tights if possible and something you can move in.
  • Make sure your toenails are trimmed, but try not to cut them the day of the fitting, as this can cause sensitivity and will affect your perception of fit.

Teachers & Directors: for multiple students going up on pointe at once, check out our private pointe shoe fitting parties HERE.