These pointe shoes are made for students just beginning pointe work. The toe box has a built in toe pad for comfort. I’m not sure if having a toe pad built into the shoe is always a good idea. I have read several reviews where built in pads become loose and bunch up under the toes causing discomfort. I have never owned pointe shoes with built in padding, but I imagine they could be trimmed away when frayed. These pointe shoes are lovely, though. A beautiful shade of pink……..