Pointe Shoe Prep

September 15, 2017

 

When I get a new pair of pointe shoes, I sew my ribbons and elastic and I
darn around the edge of the box of the shoes. I do this by taking a spool
of thin darning thread and sew loop knots around the box. Not every
ballerina does this, but I think it adds to the life of the shoe and
protects the box from wearing down as quickly. Dancers either sew their
elastic in one loop or criss cross. I prefer the criss cross to keep the
shoe hugged against the arches of my feet. I also prefer elastic ribbons
instead of satin so that my ankle has a smooth line with no cutting in to
the achilles. Once the sewing is done, I smush down the vamp and the wings
of the shoe a bit to make the shoe less stiff and more malleable to my
feet. I then try them on and switch them around to decide which shoe works
best for which foot. Sometimes the box of a shoe will slightly favor the
right or left foot on balance. And that's my process!

 

 

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