How to Draw Dancing Shoes

Updated March 21, 2017

Dancing shoes are what a dancer commonly wears during his or her routines. They have their origins in the 1700s when men and women would wear soft leather "dancing shoes" in order to give their feet a bit more freedom of motion, in addition to protecting the feet from hazards on stage. In the late 18th century, women began a new technique of dancing "en pointe" or on their toes, which continues to this day.

Get out your dancing shoes, if you have them. Put them on and put your feet in a variety of positions. Note how the shoes interact with the feet and the shapes that are being made.

Take the shoes off and place them in front of you, or have a friend model the shoes while you draw them.

Draw the opening of the first shoe. Make sure you do this in pencil. Try it several times until it is just so, otherwise it will mess up the entire drawing.

Draw the outline of the shoe underneath the opening, making sure to draw the entire outline, even if something like a shoelace is in the way.

Draw the opening of the other shoe, making note of where it is in relation to the first shoe. Keep in mind that it may be at a different angle than the first one, so pay close attention.

Repeat step 4 on your other shoe, making sure you get the outline of the entire shoe just so.

Add extras such as ribbons or shoelaces, erasing pencil marks underneath if you have to.

Place lines where the shoe naturally folds in its satin or leather. Add details such as stitching and seams to your drawing, both of which are usually at either the top of the shoe or the inside near the arch coming up toward the ankle.

Shade areas that are darker than others, if you so desire.

Color in the shoes, if you wish. Use a coloured pencil set or paints. Pay attention to where the areas on the shoe are darker than others and try and make the colour darker there and light on the other parts.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Crayons or paint (optional)
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Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.