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Hello there. Any advice please, this is my first post... Just had dds first pointe shoes fitted at the weekend, she has got Bloch sonata. Only worn them at home to break them in but I've noticed the leather inner sole on one shoe has come lose from the canvas sole and I can pull it away as if it needs re-glueing. The lady that fitted them really bent them to soften them and dds teacher said we should too but is it normal for the inner sole to be coming away after three days?

I'm thinking of taking them back but dd wants to keep them as she has spent this time softening them. We are real novices at this so if anyone has any experience/guidance I'd be very grateful. Many thanks.

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Hi any dance will do and welcome to the forum.

My daughter has had these shoes and this is how they are made, the nail at the heel end of the vamp has been removed so they break down and mold faster, be careful off breaking them down to much though as the vamp can come out completely. Some dancers take the nail out to get their choosen pointe shoe to be like this, maybe your fitter should have taken time to explain the basic concept to you since you are new to all pointe shoes as I have to admit when I first saw these shoes I did ask if they were broke :rolleyes: and our fitter went through all the benefits of the shoe being like this.

we live and learn.

x

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Hi and welcome :)

I call this "popping" when you push down on the toe part if the insole with your thumb and it pops off the glue or nail at the front of the sole. This helps the transition through semi pointe.

BUT there will be those on here with more experience to advise on this - its what I do as a dancer, but may not be the right thing!

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Some Bloch models are deliberately made without the nail near the heel, so the heel of the shoe bends away from the innersole. It does look as if the shoes haven't been made properly, but don't worry, it's deliberate. My dd sometimes removes that nail from her Freeds to allow that movement to happen. :-)

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