Bloch’s Sonata features a high and wide toe platform for better balance, 3/4 shank, supportive arch, and a tapered heel for a snug fit. The shank bends more easily at the three-quarter position, resulting in the dancer being supported high and straight under the arch without having to fight to get there (easier to get up on pointe and feel securely planted). The Sonata is suitable for both professionals and beginning students.