Demi Pointe Shoes

I'm often asked why I don't mention demi pointe shoes on this site.   Frankly, it's because they're too controversial and I just know I'd get into an argument about them! My own view is that they're unnecessary, and can even be damaging if used incorrectly.   Don't get me wrong...

Wrong Shoes for Egyptian Feet?

Hayley asks: I have been fitted twice to Capezio Arias. I am struggling with painful big toes that don't bruise, but the nails sheer off about halfway down and I have a lot of pain.I prefer to wear the 'Ouch Pouch" toepads and have needed to wear the gel...

Too Much Padding?

Rachel says: Hi, so I'm 12 and I'm on my second pair of pointe shoes and I started pointe work about four months ago. When I went back to my fitter for my second pair and she wanted less bulk in my pointe shoe, (I was wearing ouch pouches...

Gaynor Minden’s

Ballet mom Thomie says: I'm trying to rethread the topline elastic on a gaynor minden pointe shoe. For regular ballet shoes I simply use a bobkin(a blint tiped flat needle like thing) but it's too wide for the small channel. I've even tried to thread dental floss thru with...

Anti-Slip Pointe Shoe Ideas

What has worked and not worked in making my dancing daughter's pointe shoes not slip while dancing. Her regular studio has marley floors - so not much slipping there BUT she also dances at another studio where they have wood floors and rosin and she slips a lot there.

Clean Pointe Shoes!

Penny asks: I got this spot of dirt on my Suffolk spotlights and soon I have to take my ballet intensive pictures. I'm afraid that it'll show so any ways to clean it off without really ruining my pointe shoes? Answer: How annoying!   You get a beautiful new pair...

Strong Feet

Jesinta asks: I have been on pointes for about 5 years now, I had strong feet but now they are stronger and pointe shoes are only lasting around a week or two pushed. They are soft after 15 minutes of dance. I had Bloch Asperation and loved them -...

First Pointe Shoe Fitting -What do I need?

Sarah asks: First pointe shoe fitting tomorrow! Its goes without say that I am so excited! My teacher is SO strict about letting people up, so I am so proud as well! Can you explain to me how the fitting will work tomorrow? Do I wear tights? I am...