Alternatives to Suffolk Spotlight?
My shoe of preference is Suffolk Spotlight - I like a 3/4 shank and the way they fit my feet. I have long narrow feet with Egyptian toes. However, due to a great deal of pointe work in class lately, I have been going through a pair of Spotlights in a week or less, due to the box breaking down. I have tried jet glue, but am not comfortable.
I have tried 3/4-in Blach Aspirations, which were my first shoes, but now find the narrowest available width feels too wide.
What is a good shoe with a reputation for a longer lasting box that I can wear in class, reserving the Spotlights for performances and auditions?
Brennan, have you thought about trying the Suffolk Stellar? It uses the same patent pending construction method as the Spotlight and I feel that now you're used to that, you'll be less satisfied with other shoes. The Stellar is part of the Premier collection which Suffolk describe as a longer-lasting workhorse.
I would normally suggest Bloch Axioms for your feet, but they may have the same width problem as the Aspirations, plus they are made with the B paste which isn't quite as durable. The Suprima is the narrowest of all Bloch shoes so might be worth a try.