How To Tie Ballet Shoes

How To Tie Ballet Shoes?

It is one of the difficult things to practice ballet because not only do you have to learn how to dance and perform but also you need to learn to tie your ballet shoes. Tying the ballet shoe is very important so it must be tied perfectly as it will affect your dancing. So let us discuss the basic techniques of tying ballet shoes.

Ballet Shoe Types

Tie the ballet shoes according to your body type. The first type of ballet shoes is the flat ballet shoes. Flat ballet shoes come in two varieties, the first one is closed-toe ballet shoes and the second is open-toe ballet shoes.

Tying the Flat Ballet Shoe

There are three basic ways to tie the flat ballet shoes:

1) Invented method:

To tie the ballet shoe you need to use the invented method. The invented method is the simplest way of tying the flat ballet shoe, but it will cost you a lot of money. If you can afford it, then try it as it will give you the best results.

2) Classical method:

This method is mostly used by professional dancers and will cost you less than the invented method. The classical method consists of four steps:

Step 1:

The first step is to fold the cloth so that the toe side comes up.

Step 2:

Fold the cloth as shown above and then turn the shoe.

Step 3:

Fold the shoe again and then make the ends parallel.

Step 4:

Make the ends of the shoe parallel and then make the ends meet.

How to Tie the Closed Toe Ballet Shoe?

This is the second type of flat ballet shoe and it is also called the ankle-length ballet shoe.

1) Invented method:

If you are learning the flat ballet shoes, then it is better to practice the classical method and then later switch to the invented method.

2) Classical method:

This is the most common method of tying the closed-toe ballet shoe. The first thing you need to do is to fold the cloth as shown in the picture and then bring the edge of the cloth towards the toe of the shoe.

3) Tying the toe of the flat ballet shoes:

Toe the ball of the flat ballet shoe and make the end of the shoe parallel to the toe. Then turn the cloth in the opposite direction of the toe so that the cloth comes back and makes the end parallel to the toes. Finally, make the ends meet.


I think that all the above methods will give you an idea of how to tie your ballet shoe. I would suggest you try the classical method first and if you are able to tie the shoe perfectly then you can go for the invented method. If not, then you can use the classical method. As I mentioned above, I have also shared with you the methods to tie closed-toe ballet shoes.