Dirt on Pointe Shoes
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?
How annoying! You get a beautiful new pair of pointe shoes and despite all your efforts, they seem to attract dirt all by themselves.
If it's only a small spot, try using an eraser first. Any other method is likely to take the shine off the satin, and that will show on the photos too.
Janice Fancher - who gave us some great ideas for non-slip point shoes -swears by a white pencil eraser. She says, "The key is to "erase" with the grain of the fabric. If you erase against the grain of the satin fabric it gets fuzzy and presses dirt in worse. If you keep up with this after each class - they look new - for a very long time!"
The idea of using an eraser has been around for a long time - I mention it in my post on how to clean pointe shoes. However, I think most people have missed that vital bit of information - that you have to rub the eraser with the grain of the fabric. I'll be the first to admit that when I've tried using an eraser, I've experienced that "fuzzy" effect and it hasn't removed the stain completely - now I know why!
Alternatively - if it's only for pictures, not an exam, why not buy a new pair of shoes? I know that sounds like an expensive solution - but let's face it, how long are your current shoes going to last? If you're going to need a new pair in a month or so anyway, why not buy them now, wear them for the photos and then put them away again until you need them.
You'll find instructions on how to clean pointe shoes here: