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I haven't personally tried them but they're a bit of a marmite shoe - love them or hate them! Teachers I have don't recommend them (and fitters) because they cover all your feets flaws so don't allow you to work on them but just covers them up. They are supposed to be very comfortable though! Just my opinion x

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Dd's dance physio does not like them one bit. They definitely seem to be Marmite shoes! Dd has a pair but prefers her Freeds overall. I wouldn't let her try them until her feet had stopped growing though, due to the price.

 

They can make feet look very pretty for audition photos; they are also quiet for performances. Good for variations with lots of fast footwork and allegro. Not very flat on the platform though so harder to balance en pointe. They can tend to "pop" you onto pointe as the pre-arched shank is springy, so not so good for really working through the demi-pointe.

 

Like any shoe, great for some people but not for others. Some teachers really disapprove of them so maybe worth checking if they are allowed before spending upwards of £70. :)

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DD loves hers. She didn't get them until last year by which time she had been en pointe for 4 years. Her teacher loves the fit of them on her feet but won't let anyone think about having them until, they are a few years down the line.

 

Although expensive they have definitely lasted the longest.

 

I would definitely check with her teacher before you buy them as they real are like marmite.

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My dd loves them too - they were recommended by one of her teachers. They last well, can go in the washing machine and don't need darning! Ribbons are tough to sew on, but they look lovely in performance and definitely suit dd.

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I wonder if all those teachers who say "they do all the work for you" or words to that effect have actually tried dancing in GMs? I tried a pair a few years ago and my goodness it made the muscles in my legs and feet work so much harder than my Capezios! 

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They go in the washing machine?????? Why did I not know this?

 

They do indeed, on a cool wash, but look clean and smell fresh when they come out. Polycarbonate box is fine on 30 degree wash.

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It's the same for DD, Pictures. She can roll through the feet in them (she wears the hard shank Gaynors, in the green bag). Mind you, I wasn't surprised at that as she also rolled through in her Grishko Vaganovas, which are made for the Russian method of springing straight onto pointe.

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My daughter has transitioned to Gaynors over the last couple of years and is a big fan.  (She always wore Grishko prior to that.)  They last her a long time and she has machine washed them with great success (including washing out copious amounts of blood from blisters and grass stains when she used them for a modelling shoot!)  

 

She teaches younger students, however, when she is home in the UK, and only encourages use once confident and strong en pointe, as they don't help you to learn how to use demi-pointe and articulate your feet, so definitely not for beginners.

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had no idea gaynors could go in the washing machine??????? this would rescue the smell of them significanlty hahah

 

i love mine, got them when i got to the age and position where i was paying for my own pointe shoes and thought they'd be worth the investment!! i actually thought they were harder to get up en pointe in at first, they just feel very different but they're so comfortable and i haven't bought another pair since :) they're a right b*** to sew though!!

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I think Gaynors are definitely an acquired taste and certainly not a beginners shoe. My dd has a few pairs of Gaynors which she really likes and they have lasted for ages. She wears them for a number of classes, but they do get quite dirty as they last so long. However, she also wears Freeds, which she generally keeps for performances, auditions etc, as they just look so pretty on her feet and she loves to dance in them. By using Gaynors for some classes, it saves me having to buy quite so many pairs of Freeds!

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