Sizing is also completely different from traditional pointe shoes. Gaynor Mindens allow you to choose your length,width, box size (2-narrow, 3-average, 4-wide) your vamp length, heel height, and also different shanks ranging from pianissimo to hard (the extra-flex is the most popular).
That means you can achieve a fit that's beautifully customized for your foot, but ONLY if you understand how all the options work together and know what your feet really need. For that reason, we don't advise buying your first pair of Gaynors online, unless you have a strong reason for doing so - but of course, if you're already a Gaynor fan, you can order online with confidence.
A cautionary tale showing why it's so important to get Mindens professionally fitted the first time: