Category: Shoe Preparation & Care

Alternatives to Darning Pointe Shoes

If you don’t want to darn your pointe shoes, but want to make the platform last longer, there are alternatives. A very cute English tradition is crochet toe covers.  These are little circles of crochet, slightly larger than the platform,...

How to Darn Pointe Shoes

Pointe shoes are easier to darn if they are slightly broken in, because the area under the box will have softened slightly.  You’ll also be able to see where you need to darn – basically, you want to darn where...

Are My Pointe Shoes Dead?

Pointe shoes are expensive, so naturally we want them to last as long as possible.  But it can be dangerous to keep dancing on shoes that are “dead”.  Here are some pointers on what to look for:   Dancers are...

How to Make Your Pointe Shoes Last Longer

All pointe shoes have a limited life.  Even Gaynor Mindens will eventually die!  As for conventional pointe shoes, they can have a very limited life indeed – for  professionals, it can be as short as one performance.   However, there are...

Shoe Make-Up, Pancake and Calamine

Many people think these products are used to clean pointe shoes, but that’s not true. They don’t remove dirt, they just disguise it – and be warned, they also take all the shine off your shoes.  And that’s because that’s...

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How to Clean Pointe Shoes

There is no way to keep your pointe shoes absolutely clean, unless you use pointe shoe covers.   Most professional dancers don’t even try, because their shoes will wear out long before they get really dirty.  However, as a student your...

Pointe Shoe Covers

One day, someone will invent pointe shoes that are cleanable.  Until then, there’s really no way to preserve your pointe shoes in their original, pristine, pink satin sheen. You can delay the inevitable by covering your pointe shoes whenever possible....

Breaking in

It seems mad to non-dancers (or new pointe shoe wearers!), but the first thing you have to do with new pointe shoes is break them. I do not mean smashing them in the door or dunking them in water -...

Padding for Pointe Shoes

It saddens me to see so many of today’s dancers going overboard with padding – the result is pointe shoes with a  bulky toe box that looks like a big lump of satin-covered wood!  You can tell they can’t feel...

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