Kelly Schmutte : Inventor of the PerfectFit Pointe Shoe Insert - 007
From dancing on pointe to inventing a pointe shoe insert worn by dancers around the globe. Meet Kelly Schmutte, Founder of PerfectFit Pointe Shoe Inserts!
When Kelly first when on pointe as a young ballet dancer, she couldn’t help but think, “There’s got to be a better way to do this!” Finding the right pointe shoe and that ‘perfect fit’ often feels like waiting for prince charming to slip on the coveted glass slipper.
From an outsiders perspective, dancers on pointe can look effortless and beautiful. But on the inside, dancers can experience incredible discomfort inside their shoes.
As Kelly would say, “Dancers feet and toes are as different as their faces”. With this, she noticed a problem. Most toe pads on the market were the same shape for all feet and are one uniform thickness, which does nothing to improve weight distribution or the fit of the shoe.
Well, in 2015, after years of planning and processing, Kelly found a solution. Her PerfectFit Pointe Shoe Inserts use a moldable impression material to adapt your foot to fit the inside of your shoe like a glove. By filling the voids within the box of the shoe, the inserts perfectly distribute your weight across your toes and forefoot when en pointe, which reduces or removes painful and damaging pressure points.