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  1. My DD is considering the above named pointe shoes and I was wondering if anyone has experience of when these shoes are appropriate? Ideal age or years of pointe experience needed? X
  2. Could anyone please recommend a pointe similar to Freed studio pro V vamp . My dd’s shoe is currently out of stock . She has narrow bendy feet but not huge arches . She’s based in London so can shop around a bit . Any recommendations would be very welcome , apologies if this post is in the wrong place .
  3. A question for parents with daughters at vocational level. I know this is different for each individual but just trying to gauge how many pairs of pointe shoes the average vocational school dancer goes through in a year.
  4. I am selling my never worn & brand new Grishko Nova pointe shoes, prices listed include p&p. £10 per pair £15 for two pairs Size - 5 XXX Strength - M I have a few pairs available, so please get in touch if you are interested! email: rhianlwilliams@gmail.com
  5. I am selling my never worn & brand new Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, prices listed include p&p. £20 £15 - ribbons already sewn Classic Fit (green bag) (7.5 Wide 4 box hard shank deep vamp high heel) CL-7.5W4HDH old code: 7.5w/4-521-22 I have a two pairs available, so please get in touch if you are interested! email: rhianlwilliams@gmail.com
  6. I am selling my never worn & brand new Freed Classic Pro pointe shoes, prices listed plus p&p. £10 per pair £15 for two pairs Size - 5 XX Maker - Castle I have a few pairs available, so please get in touch if you are interested! email: rhianlwilliams@gmail.com
  7. Does anyone know if Bob Martin is still custom making pointe shoes? And if so how do I get hold of him. If not is there anyone similar about these days?
  8. Has anybody tried the Grishko Smart Pointe? What is your experience? For what kind of feet is it suitable?
  9. I am selling my never worn & brand new Freed Classic Pro pointe shoes, prices listed plus p&p. £10 per pair £15 for two pairs Size - 5 XX Maker - Castle I have a few pairs available, so please get in touch if you are interested! email: rhianlwilliams@gmail.com
  10. I am selling my never worn & brand new Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, prices listed include p&p. £20 £15 - ribbons already sewn Classic Fit (green bag) (7.5 Wide 4 box hard shank deep vamp high heel) CL-7.5W4HDH old code: 7.5w/4-521-22 I have a two pairs available, so please get in touch if you are interested! email: rhianlwilliams@gmail.com
  11. Brand new in bag, Bloch soft block shoes size 6A - never worn due to dd growth spurt over lockdown. £30 including postage (bought for £44) Can send photos to anyone interested.
  12. Hi. My daughter's left foot has always been a little bigger than her right foot. Now it is maybe a little more than a half size bigger than the right. Which is weird as she is 17 and I thought her feet had stopped growing years ago. In street shoes or flats it really makes very little difference, but in pointe shoes, she is either pinching on the left in her "small" shoes or stuffing up the right toe box in her "big" shoes. She had left shoe stretched (as much as satin can be stretched), not a great success. I am thinking of getting her different sized left and right pointe shoes and I was just wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't do this? Might it affect the hip?
  13. I got my first pair of pointe shoes in December of 2019 but I only had 5 dance classes before quarantine and then switched to a more professional studio in September. Since then I have performed snow and flowers on pointe and mostly caught up to the girls my age (I'm 17) I have been doing a lot of pointe but I’m obviously technically behind. I went to a pointe shoe fitting for a new type of shoe this weekend with my teacher. She liked the Bloch elegance (which are split sole) the best. I know split soles are for more advanced dancers but she really liked them and knew they were split sole I am finding those harder to keep stability with. Specifically with turning. I can usually do a double on both sides but it is harder now. I can't even do a single because when I go up I find my shoe just falling off pointe back onto flat. Any advice on how to gain more stability / strength when turning with these shoes or using them in general. Thank!
  14. Just looking for recommendations on which brands to try for a first pair of pointe shoes for my almost 12 year old. She has small, very narrow feet, (Size 1.5) and they are not especially flexible or strong at this moment (So I don’t think she will need a very strong shank at this stage, not that sort of foot!). I will speak to her teacher as well but was interested in others experiences with first pointe shoes
  15. A fascinating video feature on how Hannah Carter of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prepares her pointe shoes. https://www.pointemagazine.com/hannah-carter-pittsburgh-ballet-theatre-2640107707.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1
  16. HI everyone, I'm posting to ask for some advice and recommendations My DD needs some new pointe shoes asap as her's are completely dead. We are North West based, but she bought her previous pairs when we have been away elsewhere in the UK. I've heard that The Dance Shop in Prescot is good, as well as Barnum's in Warrington - but I've just seen that Barnum's has closed for good. I also heard that there was a good store in Blackpool (possibly Showstoppers - but I'm not 100% sure!), although it looks like they are currently closed. If anyone has any recommendations, I would really appreciate it!
  17. Is it possible to go en pointe as a male ballet dancer and do the same stuff that girls do? How long would it take to learn that?
  18. Hello fellow dancers! I recently got my first pair of pointe shoes this past January. They are Suffolk Stellars 5.5 XXXXN. I sewed crisscross elastics onto them, so I could get maximum suppoirt for my feet. Once I had finished sewing them on, I realized that the position of the elastics made my shoes look unclean. So, can I move them? Or should I remove them completely and sew single ankle bands? Maybe I should wait until my next pair, and try a different position of my elastics? I attached some images, so you can see what I mean...... Also, I don't believe I am doing well getting over my box for taking 2-3 thirty minute pointe classes a week, for two months. I bent my shanks back and forth, and this helped my left foot a little, but not my right at all. Is it my feet, or my shoes? Or, am I doing fine, and have to wait until they mold to my feet more, over the next months? Thanks for helping a fellow dancer out! - Perfectly On Pointe P.S. I will cut my ribbons/elastics when I am sure I don't have to move them or tighten them.
  19. We’re heading to London for DD’s first pair of pointe shoes. A very exciting rite of passage as I must admit I am a bit jealous as I never had the opportunity to go en pointe when I did ballet way back when. Am I right in thinking Dancia, Bloch and Freed are the places we should go to? Would it be better to go to Dancia first as an over view as such and then if they suggest Bloch or Freed shoes, to go to the specific brand shops? Are there any other dance shops worth trying in central London? Any other first pair shopping tips? Should we get elastic and ribbon or see what the fitters suggest? Does one generally get ouch pouches for first shoes or try starting off with lambs wool or something else?
  20. Hello all, Please can I draw on your knowledge and experience. DD is to have first fitting for pointe shoes and I am totally ignorant as to how this works and where it is best to go in and around Glasgow. Are some places better than others and how do I know? Thanks in advance
  21. My daughter is getting new pointe shoes next. She usually wears Russian pointe but the shop is hours away. I’ve found a closer shop but they don’t stock them although they stock a wide variety and have been recommended to me. Are there other pointe shoes similar to Russian pointe or am I wasting my time and should book her in the shop that stocks them and make the difficult journey.
  22. I've bought some new pointe shoes (Bloch Eurostretch). On flat, they feel like slippers and they look lovely en pointe. However, I have the wimpiest feet in the universe and the slight discomfort in my big toe I felt during the fitting has turned into actual pain when I've tried them on again at home. So my question is - how can I tell if the pain is due to the shoes being hard due to not being broken in yet or if they're the wrong shoe & I'm putting too much weight on my toe? I don't want to start squashing the box if it turns out I'm going to need to return them.
  23. Hello. I’ve got some brand new pointe shoes for sale for a special price. Its Suffolk, size 4 1/2. if you are interested, just send a message here and we can negotiate! Its a professional pointe shoe also great for students!
  24. I've just picked this up via Facebook: Patter en Pointe - LIVE on Thursday 2 May at 6.30pm
  25. Hi, My DD is 16 now and we have always struggled with getting pointe shoes to fit her feet. They are VERY flexible feet and it seems that there is not a shoe that ever seems to work for long. She is currently in Grishko I think, have had two or three pairs of Freed, at least two pairs of Gaynor Mindens. She is not at vocational yet, and we still only get about three weeks out of a pair of shoes doing minimal amount of pointe compared to what she will be doing. I have consulted all her teachers (mostly because they love to tell us that we have the wrong shoes, but refuse to come along to the hour long pointe shoe fitting to try to find something that works!) and generally it has been the consensus that at some point we are going to have to start having them made, and I think maybe we've hit that point. Her feet are maybe a few centimetres smaller when fully flexed and this makes her arch very hard for her to control when she's on pointe. She does lots of exercises to strengthen her feet, but because she doesn't feel supported in her shoes she is starting to hate doing pointe. My question, after a long winded ramble, is how do I go about finding someone who makes pointe shoes? I'm not a dancer, but from what I gather she has a tricky foot to shoe!! Thanks
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