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The platform is the section of the shoe that you dance on. You should try to get as far over onto it as possible.

vamp is the top of the box which covers the toes.

pleats is the area between the shank and the platform which helps support the toes.

leather sole , or shank, is the area which supports the arch.

drawstring, similar to in a ballet slipper, tightens to fit the shoe to the foot like a glove or a second layer of skin.

side wing and side quarters fit snuggly to the foot. The ribbons and sometimes the elastic is sewn into the inside of the side quarters.

binding essentially holds the shoe together and helps it for better.

Also, the
ribbons and elastic hold the shoe onto the foot by the lower ankles.