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6 minutes ago, Dance*is*life said:

I didn't know that Grishko also has a shoe with a more flexible sole - all the ones my students come back with are really, really hard, which are fine for experienced dancers with high arches, but disaster for newbies.  Possibly the pro flex that you bought are not available here, but could be ordered online.  Are they flexible enough to roll up through the balls of the feet?

Yes she can roll through. They are really flexible, my daughter doesn’t have the strongest or most flexible feet, I was a little worried she wouldn’t be able to bend them at all or get up on to the shoes but they are really good actually. I’m impressed! 

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56 minutes ago, Dance*is*life said:

I didn't know that Grishko also has a shoe with a more flexible sole - all the ones my students come back with are really, really hard, which are fine for experienced dancers with high arches, but disaster for newbies.  Possibly the pro flex that you bought are not available here, but could be ordered online.  Are they flexible enough to roll up through the balls of the feet?

Haven’t tried the pro-flex but the novice comes with a super soft shank (which I believe can be put onto any other shoe as a special order). They’re too soft for me, but I presume that’s because I’ve got a high arch and am adult size! The thing I find with grishko is that it’s just the section at the Demi pointe that is rock solid, the rest of the shank isn’t that hard. I’ve only had the ‘roll through’ models but that section still doesn’t give a lot. I think the pro flex is meant to be more flexible there. 

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14 hours ago, Dance*is*life said:

I didn't know that Grishko also has a shoe with a more flexible sole - all the ones my students come back with are really, really hard, which are fine for experienced dancers with high arches, but disaster for newbies.  Possibly the pro flex that you bought are not available here, but could be ordered online.  Are they flexible enough to roll up through the balls of the feet?


few too many people are quick to dismiss  Grishko on the basis of limited stock  held by local  shops who  try to fit all kinds of brands ...   it;s not been helped by  Difficulties Grishko have with  finding a territory manager for the UK   who  knows enough  aobut the product and is a good  enough  territory manager for what is a  quite specialised product 

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23 hours ago, Pas de Quatre said:

The original Grishko 2007 was more designed for the Russian technique of spring up and spring down from pointe. Now roll down is more generally required, a shoe that permits it is needed.

 you do realise how diverse the Grishko range is  ?   and why   there are both the novice builds and   the  work that led to 3007  ? 

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21 minutes ago, Pas de Quatre said:

Just back from my last fitting. There will be four happy girls starting pointe after half term. The tally is - 2 Blochs, Hannah & Amelie; 1 Grishko Pro Flex, 1 Gaynor Minden. The last one had feet so narrow and shallow it was the only shoe that worked.

It’s so lovely you with your students for their first fitting. We had to trust the fitters and the dance teachers recommendation for a particular brand regardless of foot type. Once dd was confident she went with what she felt was best for her. 

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20 hours ago, Pas de Quatre said:

Thank you Jane.  I know it isn't possible for everyone, but I do feel it is time well invested in the future of these girls and of my school!

Absolutely,  one of my  teachers does accompany  those new to pointe to fittings  even if that means a  hundred +mile round trip for those who are challenging to fit !    

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That's brilliant that Pas de Quatre can go with her pupils to get pointe shoes fitted. Saves such a lot of hassle.  I can't go with my students, as I live in a different town,  but I expect them to come and show me the shoes before they sew the ribbons on.  If I disagree with the shoe fitters choice, I won't  hesitate to say so and send the child back with my suggestions.  Sometimes a width change or half a size less or more can make all the difference. Choice is very limited here, but we do our best!  The parents are surprisingly patient with my demands and never object to going back to the suppliers to change shoes.  This year we were very lucky, as I normally tell my new class of Intermediate  Foundation students to wait until October to buy their pointe shoes, but something made me send them off to get them at the beginning of the school year.   That meant that when we were put into lockdown again mid September,  all the students had already bought pointe shoes.  Somehow I have managed to teach them how to tie their shoes and get up on pointe correctly using Zoom!    I'm quite proud of myself actually!

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