Ouch Pouches

Learn about the pros and cons of wearing Ouch Pouches while dancing en pointe.


Review: Ouch Pouches

Published 17:42 pm

I am always trying out new toe pads for my Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. Over the course of several years, I've come to prefer gel pads over the traditional lambswool toe pads. Among the various varieties of gel pads, I tend to rotate between a couple of different products. No matter what type of gel pads I wear, I always end up returning to my faithful Ouch Pouches. These toe pads can be found in most dance stores that sell pointe shoes.

Pros of Using Ouch Pouches

Feeling the Floor

One of the greatest benefits of wearing Ouch Pouches under your pointe shoes is that they allow you to feel the floor. This is mainly due to their lack of bulk. Feeling the floor is important as it creates awareness in how and where the foot is hitting the floor. This makes it easier for dancers to maintain proper placement and positioning.

Durability

My biggest complaint about lambswool toe pads is that it feels like I am constantly replacing them. While a single pair of lambswool toe pads is cheaper than a pair of gel pads, the cost over time may be higher. Despite the less than bulky construction of Ouch Pouches, they are built to last a lot longer than other toe pads.

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Deep Vamp

As a dancer whose feet fit best in pointe shoes with a deep vamp, I get super frustrated by toe pads that peek out from my pointe shoes. Ouch Pouches are cut with a deep vamp so that they provide needed coverage while remaining well hidden.

Cons of Using Ouch Pouches

Less Protection

While I love the sleek feel of these gel pads, it is the very lack of bulk in Ouch Pouches that make them terrible for dancers with sensitive feet. While this has rarely been a problem for me, I am always hearing dancers complain about their toenails grinding against the floor and the pain of the excess pressure on their feet.

Coverage Issues

Ouch Pouch toe pads are great for the "ideal" dance foot. However, if your big toe is larger than average, or you have a longer second toe, they may not provide enough coverage for you. These gel pads can also make pointe shoes painful for dancers with large bunions.

Overall, I think that Ouch Pouches are a great buy. They are comfortable, durable and they help you feel the floor. However, dancers with unusually shaped feet or a tendency towards foot pain should avoid Ouch Pouch toe pads.

Bestselling Ouch Pouches Products in 2020


Capezio Ouch Pouch - Size Large, Natural

Capezio Ouch Pouch - Size Large, Natural
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Crescent shaped pad with a thin layer of gel material inside a fabric pouch
  • 1 pair per package
  • Gel, Polyester
  • Hand wash with mild detergent and allow to air dry completely

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Large, Natural

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Large, Natural
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Cushions the tops and the tips of the toes
  • Sleek shape hugs the foot and keeps pads from sliding or bunching
  • Can be custom trimmed
  • Hand wash with mild detergent
  • Allow to air dry completely

DANCEYOU 1 Pair Toe Pads Pointe Silicone Gel Ouch Pouch Toe Pads Protector for Ballet,Ultra Soft Dance Gel Toe Cap for Women Girls, M

DANCEYOU 1 Pair Toe Pads Pointe Silicone Gel Ouch Pouch Toe Pads Protector for Ballet,Ultra Soft Dance Gel Toe Cap for Women Girls, M
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Size S:Suit for 5M-6M;Size M:Suit for 6.5M-8.5M;Size L:Suit for 9M-10M. If you are in between sizes and have a wide foot, we recommend purchasing the bigger size.
  • Material: Made of high quality silicone layer of gel inside cotton fabric pouch.One coin thickness (Approx 0.08"/2mm). Have a fine and soft touch to the skin. Perfect for pro ballet dance athlete to relieve the pressure of the pointe shoes.
  • Design: The crescent shaped pad, arc motion design, suitable for all foot types.Cushioning covers the toes, bunion area and the ball of the foot. Beautiful and stylish, breathable and durable.
  • Scene: Suitable for pro ballet dance, a variety of ballet performances.
  • Tips:Please consider the size, width, shape and toe length of your foot to pick suitable own toe pad when trying on;Put on the ballet socks, open the depth of the toe pad, set directly on the toes, covering the entire forefoot and toes;Flatten the mat by hand to make it smooth and paste the foot and keep it flat.

Toe Pouches Pads, Gel Toe Cover for Women's 6-10 for Heel, Toe Pads to Protect Toes or Feet,Dance,Ballet, Point Shoes - 1 Pairs (Toe Pouches Pads)

Toe Pouches Pads, Gel Toe Cover for Women's 6-10 for Heel, Toe Pads to Protect Toes or Feet,Dance,Ballet, Point Shoes - 1 Pairs (Toe Pouches Pads)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • ★PACKAGE:1 Pair (Toe Pouches Pads),suit for Women's 6-10 for Heel, Ballet, Point Shoes.
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY SILICONE MATERIALS: Toe cushion made of environmentally-friendly grade gel and soft , breathable fiber fabric material.flexible, non-slip and washable.
  • ★EASY TO ADJUST:If you feel the edge of the toe pads is so wide that can't fit your foot tightly. you can cut it with scissors easily to fit your size.
  • ★PROVIDES PROTECTION:Protect your feet or toe from friction, pressure and irritation, knocking and bumping, Help to relieving feet arthritis, corn, blisters, callus, cracking, dermatitis, hammer toe pain.
  • ★ 100% HIGH QUALITY GUARANTEE: Our aim is to provide high quality products and excellent services to customers. At the same time, we are 100% confidence in our products. If you have any questions after receiving the products, you can contact us and we will try our best to help you solve prombles. If you are not satisfied with our products, we support a full refund.

Capezio Ouch Pouch - Size Small, Natural

Capezio Ouch Pouch - Size Small, Natural
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Crescent shaped pad with a thin layer of gel material inside a fabric pouch
  • 1 pair per package
  • Gel, Polyester
  • Hand wash with mild detergent and allow to air dry completely

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Small, Natural

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Small, Natural
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

ProFoot Toe Pouches Wraparound Gel Cushion, Women's 6-10, 1 Pair, Fits All Shoe Types

ProFoot Toe Pouches Wraparound Gel Cushion, Women's 6-10, 1 Pair, Fits All Shoe Types
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • PREVENT BLISTERS: ProFoot Toe Pouches provide comfort & prevent painful chafing or rubbing in any type of shoe. Especially helpful for relieving toe pain in your favorite pair of pumps or heels
  • GO SOCK FREE: Profoot's Toe Pouches will keep your feet happy and pain-free, no matter how high the heel or how thin the flat. Our toe cushions can easily be trimmed to custom-fit any type of shoe
  • PROTECT TENDER TOES: Trying to prevent blisters, calluses, & bunions or just breaking in a new pair of shoes? ProFoot Toe Pouch Cushions help keep you pain free without bandages, splints, or wraps
  • CARE FOR YOUR FEET: Our products are thoughtfully designed to help offer relief from foot pain, whether from injury, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toe, blisters or unsupported or flat arches
  • FAMILY-OWNED FOOTCARE: Foot pain & discomfort can make daily life & work painful or difficult. ProFoot's insoles, inserts, pads, wraps, & first aid products help your feet feel better faster

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Small, Aqua/Lime

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Small, Aqua/Lime
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Large, Aqua/Lime

Capezio Ouch Pouch Jr. - Size Large, Aqua/Lime
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Cushions the tops and the tips of the toes
  • Sleek shape hugs the foot and keeps pads from sliding or bunching
  • Can be custom trimmed
  • Hand wash with mild detergent
  • Allow to air dry completely

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