The Aspiration is designed for the advanced student, dancer with highly flexible insteps and ankles. It is designed to give the dancer when 'en pointe' the feeling of being elevated up out of the shoe and held away from the floor. The shank has an extra board shortened under the metatarsal which provides stability and support, however this extra strength in the shank does not extend to the heel. This allows the foot to arch at the 3/4 point with the heel being able to bend away from the foot. The platform is both high and wide to allow maximum balance when 'en pointe'. The sizes of this shoe are smaller than some of the other styles. When fitting this shoe it may be necessary to go up half to a full size. Material: Canvas.