Anti-Slip Pointe Shoe Ideas
I've never had a lot of trouble with slipping in pointe shoes, but it depends on what kind of floor your studio has. Grishko has some stick-on suede soles which claim to solve the problem: the rounded section goes on the platform, then the scored section glues on to the sole. They are available from Best Pointe.
I am not convinced these are a good solution, though. I know from experience that suede doesn't stay anti-slip for long, unless you're working on a spotlessly clean floor. Debris and polish build up very quickly, and when that happens, it's like dancing on ice! You'll need a wire brush (available from ballroom dancing stores) to clean the suede after every use, and be very careful not to tear the suede, or catch the wire bristles on your satin.
I have to thank Janice Fancher for the non-slip ideas for pointe shoes below. I always darned my pointe shoes, but never thought of cutting off the satin first. The rubber paint idea sounds promising - what a pity it's white:
I'd like to share what has worked and not worked in making my dancing daughter's pointe shoes not slip while dancing. Her regular studio has marley floors, BUT she also dances at another studio where they have wood floors and rosin and she slips a lot there.
I have "darned" the edge of cut off satin tips (canvas underneath satin grips better) with:
- DMC floss (can match satin to thread color PERFECTLY) - three strands, lasts longer than regular thread
- waxy dental floss - flat kind - lasts longest and helps grip floor
While researching I came across the idea of taking pointe shoes to a cobbler and having them put rubber on pleats and platform. It's difficult finding a person to do this. So I tried rubber cement. Don't bother - waste of time, it gets dirty and wears off quickly. Then I tried rubber backing paint (for making hooked rugs not slip on floor). Find it at any craft department. This has worked so far! Paint a thin layer on so fabric tooth still helps with grip too. It is white, but I tried mixing acrylic paint with it to match the shoe.