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  1. Dd can’t seem to find the right shoe, so was hoping to hear some tips for how to make the most out of her next fitting. She has narrow feet and often struggles to get over the box, any tips on a good shoe? So far she has tried Grishko 2007 pro flex (fitters always gravitate towards this but Dd thinks it’s a bit too hard?) Freed - did not like, fitting was very thorough but she found them hard to dance in She is going to try R Class now, RC22, but they put her in a W3 which seems rather wide. Any tips for our next purchase? Can someone point us in the right direction for narrow, not very strong/flexible feet? She has been in pointe for about 18 months now.
  2. Hi! I’m an adult returning to ballet. I used to wear a Grishko Ulanava I, but would like something with a larger platform for stability as I build strength. I have VERY compressible foot, and low but flexible arch. If the vamp is too wide, I slide down and crush my toes. Any suggestions on a good shoe for me would be appreciated. XO
  3. Firstly, I sincerely do not mean this post to be unsympathetic to the situation in Ukraine and the resultant sanctions on Russia, as I really feel for everyone on both sides, particularly the ordinary people like me who have had no say in what is going on and will continue to be used as pawns. Secondly, my eldest DD wears Grishko pointe shoes which have been difficult enough to get hold of since Brexit and Covid lockdowns, and I imagine they will be absolutely impossible now. Plus, ethically, I would prefer not to buy them for her at present. My DD has gone through a number of makes over the last few years and now I have asked her to look for an alternative. She would like to try So Danca pointe shoes but I can't seem to find any stockists online and don't know of any fitters either. Do any of you lovely folk know of a shop that does fit them, preferably near Birmingham or London, that we could try? Many thanks,
  4. Hi, im taking my daughter to her first pointe shoe fitting tomorrow. I know it’s going to be super expensive but I just wanted to know any hints or tips. She’s been on Demi for a few months and her teacher said it’s time to get the full pointes. I just don’t want to get ripped off with unnecessary stuff but want to protect her feet from any damage. Can you let me know must have accessories ( I know about pouches) we’ve been going to this shop for the last 9 years and they have a fabulous range.
  5. Hi I’m wondering if anyone can recommend some pointe shoes that will cope with very strong highly arched feet with high insteps that are quite broad across the metatarsals? My DD wears Bloch European Strong which have a nice curve to fit her high arch but they get worn through very quickly. I am really interested to know if there are any Grishko shoes or similar that offer that kind of support but also don’t die quickly. She has recently turned 15 and has been learning repertoire including pas de deux.
  6. I’m hoping someone can help me! I’ve been darning pointe shoes for a while but have recently been given a pair of Bloch Lisse to darn. They have the toughest satin which makes it near impossible to get a needle through. Does anyone here have any tips that can help me? Is there a method of temporarily softening the satin maybe? I’ve searched through the forums but can’t find anything. 😞
  7. Can anyone tell me if they have found pointe shoe ribbon but narrow? I need a really soft ribbon but it’s needs to be only 1.5cm wide
  8. 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
  9. 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 .
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. Has anybody tried the Grishko Smart Pointe? What is your experience? For what kind of feet is it suitable?
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
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