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Morning all, 

 

Just interested to know the price of Grishko pointe shoes in specialist dance shops around the country (£) rather than online. 

 

Obviously they are the one item that really can't be bought online but I think I've just been stung at a local dance shop.

 

Or is it the norm for such a markup compared to online prices? 

 

Thank you

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We paid 45ish too for dds, how much did you pay Balletbean? X

£52.00 in store but online Pro 2007 were advertised for £42.95 online.  Then £42.95 for a pair of demi/exams

 

Is this kind of mark up the norm? ;)

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The difference between in store & online is you're paying for the service of them being correctly fitted too. I don't know anyone who would pay the cheaper price to order online when even 2 pairs of the exact same size can vary. I can see why you feel as though you may have been ripped off but you're doing your best for your DD and with ballet that doesn't come cheaply. Fingers crossed they last a while. ☺

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Yes, i agree that does sound expensive Balletbean. We paid 30ish for Dd s grishko demi pointes and 45 ish for her 2007 Pro Grishko pointe shoes. What with the ribbons to purchase as well, it is an expensive business.

 

Good luck finding a cheaper reputable fitter, but like orchidblue says if the fitter has a good reputation it might be worth paying extra for the piece of mind X

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I think if you also have to add on p&p the online price would be nearer £47, so only a £5 difference. I agree that if you are happy with the fitting then it's better to think of it as paying a little extra for a service provided.

 

When a dancer's feet have stopped growing and they need two or more pairs on the go at the same time, then yes, you could probably order duplicate pairs online - assuming the model of shoe is machine made.

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£114 with all the bits and bobs. Not forgetting the wet afternoon snuggled up in the living room darning the pointes!   :huh:

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I don't think £52 for Pro 2007 sounds out of order at all. It's a while since dd had Grisko but I'm sure they were around the £50 mark. And about £10 extra for bespoke Grishko.

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The grishko models are different prices, the more basic ones are less expensive. My dream pointe were about £53 aswell.

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It's worth remembering that even shops with an online outlet have differing prices. A number of years ago we were after a tutu bag, having seen the price online and having to go to the city that day where this particular shop is based I decided to drop in to buy one. The price difference was around 15% and when I queried it was told they have to cover staff and building costs with the shop. Not sure who deals with online orders and packages them up as I know it is in the same location as the shop I visited!

 

At most pointe shoe fittings my dd has had the concentrated attention of one fitter for anything up to an hour. Someone has to meet this cost.

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Hi BalletBean, 

At Just Ballet our Grishkos are: Soft Block £33.99, 2007 £44.99, Pro-flex £46.99, Triumph £46.99, Nova £49.99, Dream £52.99. Coloured or special order shoes from £5 on top of regular shoe price, depending on customisation needed.

Also, we stock Model 6 canvas shoes and Model 6 vegan shoes at £21.99.

We do also sell pointe shoes online at the same prices, but would only recommend buying online, once you've been fitted in store ;)

Kr

Sheila x

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Agree with others - you often pay more in store as you are also getting the expertise of the fitter (and some fittings take a rather long time) and you know that you have the best fit for you.

Whilst feet are growing and for the first few years, you need them properly fitted every time, as feet can change shape even if they aren't growing any more. As you become stronger and are doing more on pointe, what you need from a shoe will probably change as well.

 

My dd has been on pointe for 6+ years, she knows which make/style/size she needs and gets through quite a few pairs a term, so now we order several pairs at a time to be sent out (thanks Sheila  :) ).

 

Forgot to mention - she's still using the toe pads we bought with her very first pair and recycles her ribbons, so at least that isn't an extra cost!

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Do dancia tend to charge a lot for Grishko?? DD is set to get her first pair soon and her teacher said Grishko would probably suit her best

I know their Drury Lane shop probably isn't the cheapest place around...

 

There are plenty of other makes and styles, so it's worth going shopping without any preconceived ideas of a particular brand in mind :)

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That is a lot - closed market on island?

Welcome to my world, where even a litre of milk is £1.12!  

 

Thanks folks for the info, I was just curious. 

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dancia currently have a Grishko offer on this week, 10% off all Grishko products and a free 'goody bag' with pointe shoes or soft blocks (ribbon, elastic and suede covers).

but yes the regular price is £49.95 at dancia :)

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