Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world. - Marilyn Monroe.
For the last year and a half, I've been doing pointe work. I have gotten better in strength, control and technique, but it failed to get easier. I just never felt balanced. Ever.
In a frustrated, late night haste, I ordered a different model of shoes off Amazon. FINALLY! I felt in control! The shape and design are still not perfect for my foot, but finally getting the right shoes, my pointe work has improved immensely. It feels good to improve at something even as I grow older. Never be afraid to try something new.