Satin ballet shoes used by ballet dancers, also known as toe shoes. They are for dancing sur les pointes.

The ballet shoes of Marie Taglioni, the first major ballerina to dance on her points, were not blocked but were padded with cotton wool. Later on (about 1862) the toes of the ballet slippers were stiffened (blocked) with glue and darned to give the dancer additional support.

Nowadays, the toes of pointe shoes are reinforced with a box made of several layers of strong glue in between layers of material.