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Whether you are new to darning or you’re looking to improve your darning skills, this article is thought for you. Keep reading to discover everything you’ve always wanted to know about darning and discover the best darning technique I know.

What does darning help with?

How to darn pointe shoes

Natascha Meir for Dance by Lina dancewear

I have been darning my pointe shoes since I started my pre-professional training. At first, I was only trying to imitate the older students in my school who used to darn their shoes before classes. I was fascinated by beautifully darned shoes and spent a lot of time looking for the perfect darning technique.

Darning prevents the tip of the shoe getting soft too fast, which means your shoes will last longer. Darning also helps with balancing and turning on pointe since it creates a broader, more stable platform.

What differences do you feel between a darned and a non-darned shoe?

Once I learned how to darn my shoes efficiently, I realized how helpful darning was: my shoes were lasting longer and I was feeling confident and stable on pointe. I also noticed how darned shoes gripped the floor better when the studio was slippery.

I find darning to be particularly helpful on pointe shoes that have a very rounded box as it creates an edge that prevents you from rolling over. When I wear darned pointe shoes, apart from nailing my balances and turning more smoothly, I feel a better grip of the floor and more control as I roll through the shoe.

How do I know if my darning is good?

The ground rule of darning is making the shoe stand on its own. If you take a brand new pointe shoe and try to put it vertically on the floor it either falls back or forward because its platform is not square but slightly rounded. A well darned shoe stands vertically on its own.

How long does darning take and how hard is it?

Once you are familiar with the process, darning takes around 15- 30 minutes per pair of pointe shoes. Many people think that darning is extremely hard, but it is not! After some initial practice, it becomes automatic and fairly easy.

How to darn pointe shoes

Lucia Rios for Core de Ballet, wearing a Dance by Lina plum skirt

How can I darn my shoes?

What thread and needle should I use? Do I need any accessories?

I recommend using a thick (6-8 mm) crochet or cotton thread and a curved needle or a straight thick needle. A sewing thimble is an essential accessory for whenever the needle gets stuck (and believe me, it will happen often).

What else should I know before I start darning my shoes?

Darning can not be undone so make sure that you practice on old pairs of shoes before you decide to darn the ones you wear for class. The first couple of tries will not be that great, be patient.

Draw the path on the tip of the soe with a pencil before starting: it will help keep the darning straight. Don’t worry about missing a stitch or going a little bit out of line, as long as the final result is compact, small mistakes won’t matter.

A personal advice is to wear your new shoes a little bit and do a couple of relevés before darning them, the box will get slightly softer and therefore easier to darn.

Darning your pointe shoes will help to preserve the life of the satin on the platform and also help to make your shoes less slippery when dancing in them.

YouYube can be a great source of help in learning to darn your new shoes. There are lots of different methods of darning and there is no right or wrong so choose the one that works for you. Should you feel that your sewing skills aren’t up to darning then you could always take advantage of our darning service.

You’ll need a good strong needle (some people like to use a curved needle), some darning/crochet thread and possibly a thimble.

You need to cover the whole of the platform and a little bit on the pleats under the box.

Chain Stitch

How to darn pointe shoes

Start at the edge of the platform and sew in circles until you have covered the whole of the platform.

To make the chain bring the needle through the fabric (A) then place the needle as close to A as possible but not in the same hole and pull the thread through (B) loop the thread under the tip and pull the needle through until the loop lies snugly against the thread but don’t pull too tight. For the next stitch, bring the needle through close to B bringing it out at C, looping the thread under the tip and pulling the thread through carefully as before. Repeat until the whole of the platform is covered and finish by taking the needle over the top of the last loop and pull it through as far away as possible from where your last stitch ended then trim the thread as close as possible to the shoe.

Blanket Stitch

How to darn pointe shoes

Start at the lower edge of the platform and sew in straight lines slightly overlapping each line as you go.

Bring the needle and thread through at A. Take the needle back through at B and come through to the front at C, making sure the thread is under the tip of the needle. Pull the thread through gently being careful not to pull too tight. Take the needle through to the back of the fabric at D and come back to the front again at E, ensuring the thread is under the tip of the needle. Continue until the whole of the platform is covered. Finish by taking the needle over the last stitch to secure and then push the needle through to then come out as close to the sole as possible and trim the thread close to the satin.

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By aliciajell | February 3, 2018 | Comments 0 Comment

Ah, the world of pointe shoes is the most unique and one of a kind since the Fairy Godmother magically crafted Cinderella’s glass slippers. What brand, manufacturer you wear, the specific maker, the padding required, all so dependant to that of the individual dancer, that no pair of pointe shoes are ever exactly the same. Sometimes the shoes within that pair aren’t even the same. Hence the reason for having a professional fit your shoes, which you can read more about here https://danceniche.com/2017/04/25/pointe-shoe-cronicles-importance-of-a-professional-fitting/ How each dancer chooses to prepare her shoes is also unique. You can read about the basic ways of getting pointe shoes ready to wear here https://danceniche.com/2017/05/09/pointe-shoe-chronicles-preparing-your-shoes/

How a dancer chooses to protect the platform of her shoes, is completely down to personal preference. Darning is by far the most traditional method. Not only does it protect the satin on the platform and the pleats, but it can increase stability and traction. However, it is a labour of love. It can take up to 2-3 hours per shoe, and is heavy going in the fingers. With this in mind, some companies have come up with a suede fabric piece that can be glued to the platform area, essentially doing the same job as darning but within a fraction of the time. This has come as a god send to some dancers and parents for whom time isn’t a luxury, who aren’t adept with a needle and thread, or those who simply lack the patience!

There is now another option. There are now people who provide a ‘darning service’. You pay them to take the hassle and effort out of preparing your shoes! Amazing! Dance Niche spoke to Maxcene, of Darn&Dance based in Bedford, UK, on the service they provide………..

DN: How did your company Darn&Dance start?

M: The idea was born some 18 months ago. My daughter dances, and after speaking to some of the other dance parents and listening to their struggles with darning, I asked them if they would welcome a service and use it – the answer was a resounding ‘yes!’How to darn pointe shoes

DN: Do you darn all the shoes yourself?

M: Darn&Dance is currently a team of 4 people, including myself. The team vary in experience from dancers themselves to arts and crafts enthusiasts. All members are fully inducted, so they are up-to date on the different processes and understand our standards.How to darn pointe shoes

DN: How long does it take to complete an order?

M: Anything from 3-5 hours for a pair of pointe shoes. The time difference is due to the stiffness in the pleats and how loose the satin is. Freed’s of London are my favourite to darn due to how the pleats fall! But I love them all, Pointe shoes are beautiful! How to darn pointe shoes

DN: Do you use a standard darning method?

M: My preferred method is using the blanket stitch. It’s clean and leaves a professional finish. However everyone has a particular style, so we have basic standards set out and work within these for a custom request. How to darn pointe shoes

DN: What are your plans with Darn&Dance for the future?

M: We currently run out of the UK and internationally. I would love for D&D to become my full time occupation and be established for every country that has a good concentration of dance schools and/or home to a major ballet company.

So i’ve seen a few questions asked about how to darn so i thought that i should make a post with all darning information revealed.

TYPES OF DARNING:
There are two different types of darning. Traditional darning and spot darning. Traditional darning is used for traction and to make shoes last longer. It covers the entire platform of the shoe. Spot darning is used to correct incorrect pointe shoe alignment such as sickling or over winging. In this type of darning you only darn a spot on the platform hence the name spot darning.

MATERIALS:
Most darning materials can be found at your local craft store or online. I know that Jo-Ann Fabrics has all of the materials listed minus the darning thread. (www.joann.com)
THREAD:
Darning Thread: This is suggested for darning pointe shoes
Embroidery Floss:
This is what I normally use for darning my pointe shoes and it generally works just as well if you double thread it on the needle. Most people use emroidery floss as darning thread is almost impossible to find.
NEEDLES:
Curved Needle:

This is the suggested needle to use for darning
Standard Needle:

If you do not own a curved needle, a thick standard needle generally works just the same.

DARNING:
A good website for traditional darning that I used to learn how to darn is www.freedusa.com . . .
Below are more websites for traditional darning as well as spot darning. But I am going to add my tips to the freed website instructions because some of the steps confused me and messed up the darning on my shoes. Follow along on the website.
Step 2) Ok so when they say double rows they means not only double thread your needle but also stitch across twice along the platform to create one row.
Step 4) A Slip Knot Embroidery stitch is when you stich underneath the row you stitched and move to the left and stitch under the row again making sure the needle comes up in FRONT of the little circle the thread is making. Also when they say stich two rows at a time they DO NOT mean two of the four parallel lines your created but the two stitches across that create each line.(hehe that was my main mistake)

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me or just ask them in this thread.

Whilst having a Darned Good Time I made the most amazing discovery! It is something that has saved me so much time, effort and a lot of tears! And I know it will be a help for all us busy ballet dance Mums, Dads, Grandparents with daughters who wear Pointe Shoes.

Darning Pointe Shoes

I’ve always loved seeing ballet dancers en pointe. It must be one of the most graceful, beautiful art forms there are. The elegance of a row of girls gliding gracefully across a stage is one of the most uplifting sights that I know.

However, as a dance mum, I know that the beautiful elegance and grace that is portrayed in the performance belies a lot of effort and hard work, not only by the dancer but by the person behind the scenes dressing those dancers!

I know that looking at these graceful ballerinas performing no-one on the outside would guess the sheer hard work and hour upon hour of practice that go into each dance. And no-one who doesn’t share a bathroom with a ballet dancer should ever need to know about the state of their feet!

Well, I feel it is just as much hard work for us poor mums (dads/grandmas) who have to spend hour upon hour trying to force a sharp needle into an impossibly thin piece of silk whilst avoiding piercing the hard shell of the shoe underneath. That has got to be absolutely the worst job involved with being a dance mum (anybody got anything worse?).

Am I the only one who feels that sinking feeling when they hear those chilling words “Mum, I think I need a new pair of pointe shoes”? My dread is not for the shopping trip itself – that I just leave to the professional fitters at Dancemania: whilst I sit and relax or browse the store my daughter is completely taken care of by experienced fitters who provide her with the perfect pair of shoes. No, my dread comes after the purchase, then it is my job to DARN THE TOES.

The times I have spent shouting at that darning needle and cotton to get into where I want it to go instead of my finger, dabbing up the spots of blood before they stain the shoe and all the time trying to maintain an elegant, symmetrical daisy chain pattern: I tell you, it is the job from hell! I dread it to the bottom of my stomach and it is only the fact that I know the toes need extra protection to prolong their working life and the thought of how beautiful the dancing will be that gets me through.

Glueing Toe Caps

Anyway, it seems that my prayers have been answered when, on my latest trip to Dancemania, I discovered stick on suede toe caps! Where have you been all my life?

These beige patches can be cut exactly to size and then stuck on with a strong white glue like Copydex to provide a perfectly protected platform for pointe!

What could be easier or quicker?

Is it better to darn pointe shoe toe caps or to glue them on?

So, I am much happier now that I know I have saved myself hours of hard work and still achieving the same result. However, I cannot help but feel a little sad. There is undoubtedly a sense of great achievement having finished darning a pair of pointe shoes and, on that rare occasion (for me anyway!), where the stitches just seem to fall into line there is nothing prettier than the swirling circle of pink stitching.

I would recommend that for a first pair of pointe shoes it is definitely worth going through the blood, sweat and tears of darning. You will always treasure your daughter’s first pair of pointe shoes no matter how battered they become and the nostalgia does owe a lot to the amount of time you have been caressing and turning those shoes whilst sewing. But once they have moved on from their first pair take my advice: ditch the needles and get stuck in!

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6 thoughts on “ Should you darn Pointe shoes or glue on toe caps? ”

Interesting comments, I know that some mums hate the darning job, but for me, sat in the green room, waiting for my daughter to come out of class, I get a sense of satisfaction from sitting with shoes / costumes / accessories, sewing away with other ballet mums, who are doing the same thing. We share our feelings and thoughts (also hints and tips!) as a group. Anyone who has acted as a backstage matron at a dance show will tell you about the comeraderie of getting (sometimes up to 20) excited dancers ready, coiffeured, made up and on stage is a joy!

great article, I completely agree – anything to save from this thankless task is a godsend!

my daughter has gone through 8 pair of pointe shoes in less than a year (she is en pointe about 10 hours per week) – and EACH pair were required to be darned. Thankfully – her teacher insist the wearer does the darning! She wants them to have a sense of history – and actually wrap their hands around their shoes and learn to work them.

We have just brought my daughters first pointe shoes and as a non-ballet mum I was wondering whether to glue or darn. So thank you.

As a ‘dance daughter’ I’m rather shocked at all the dance mums out there who sew their daughters’ shoes for them. Of course my mum helped with my first couple of pairs (and she’d taught me to sew before that anyway), and we both worked out how to darn together. But after that I have always sewn and darned my own shoes – quite aside from the fact that neither my mum nor my teacher would have been happy for me to rely on my mum’s sewing skills indefinitely – I wanted to! Sewing your shoes is part of a dancers life, as you get more experienced only you really know exactly where you want your ribbons placed, precisely how taut you want your elastic, and whether you need to darn just for traction or for stability.
Darning gets easier and quicker with time, it’s fiddly the first couple of pairs but after that it’s not difficult at all, although admittedly it can be tedious which is why I do it while watching TV. Nothing else can quite mimic the effects of darning – unlike suede patches it will not go shiny and slippery with use (like the toes on your soft shoes), quite the opposite – with use they increase their friction and pick up rosin. Darning can also be applied in different ways to improve balance en pointe – I always darn around the edge of the platform which increases the platform width and helps balance, and when I used to wear Gambas I would spot darn on top of the normal darning to even out the platforms (which were never perfectly flat).
I’ve been tempted by the glue-on patches before, but always ended up darning instead. Maybe its a psychological thing, it’s what I’m used to and I feel it gives a nicer feel to the platform and I don’t have to worry about something that’s just glued on twisting or coming off while I’m dancing.

How to darn pointe shoes

To darn or not to darn, that is the question. I started darning my pointe shoes back in 2012. (I think) I never, ever darned my shoes while I was at school. I trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City where it is an extremely uncommon thing to do. It never even crossed my mind.

Once I was in Denmark for a few years, I became curious about one of our principal ballerina’s that always darned her shoes. I asked her all the questions that you are probably asking yourself right now.

Does it really help?
-Does it make your shoes last longer?
-Is it true that it can help your balance?
-How long does it really take?

Is it really worth the effort?

She swore by it for herself and told me to just try it out. I tried it and never stopped. Now, I hate wearing a pair of pointe shoes that haven’t been darned.

Here are my answers to the questions above. I hope it helps you!

Does it really help?
Yes! I can feel so much more in my shoe. The darning makes it so it is more difficult to roll over the front of my pointe shoes. Meaning, that I can now feel where the end of the platform is on my shoe when I stand on pointe. I can easily feel when to hold back or maintain my position.

Does it make your shoes last longer?
Yes! It eliminates the possibility of your shoes going soft at the tip/ top part of the shoe towards the vamp. TIP: I add HotStuff or JetGlue to the top part of my darning. The glue keeps the thread from falling down. See below.

HotStuff/ JetGlue

Is it true it can help your balance?
Yes! Because you can feel more in your shoes, it allows you to feel the entire platform that you are standing on. You will learn to know exactly where to balance.

How long does it really take?
If I am fully concentrated and I have all my supplies, I can do both shoes in 45 minutes. Realistically, I’m darning my shoes while I watch something on TV. 🙂 That easily adds an additional 15 minutes. I say, it takes 1 hour per pair of pointe shoes.

Would you really say it’s worth the effort?
Yes! I really like it. The best combination is soft and darned shoes, in my opinion. That is ballerina heaven for me. I wouldn’t make the darning too big even though it can be tempting. Stray away from “bigger is better.” If the darning becomes too large it can be very noticeable from stage and not the most elegant.

Confession: Sometimes, I wish that I had never started because it is a big, time consuming effort. It is very, very possible to dance wonderfully without it.

WARNING: Darning is like the Pringles saying, “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop.” Except it would go, “Once you darn, you just can’t stop.”

Hello my lovelies, I hope you’ve all had a good week!

As I was once someone who didn’t know the difference between sewing and darning, I thought it may be a good idea to give you guide to a few alternative ideas on to how you can prepare your pointe shoes for pointe work. Whether you’ve been dancing en pointe for several years and are looking for a new way to prepare your shoes that will be more efficient (because it can be so mentally draining having to sit and darn your shoes for two hours!), or if you are a beginner to pointe and want to know how to start off, here are a few ways to prepare your shoes.

Ribbons

To put your ribbons in the correct place, go to the back of the shoe where your heel would be and fold the material forwards, so that it is pulling against the sole of the shoe. Make a mark in pen or pencil where this line is and then start sewing your ribbon here (it should be the side nearest to the end of the pointe shoe that is sewn on this line).

To measure how long your ribbon needs to be, put on your shoe, take the inside ribbon and wrap it around your leg twice, so it can reach the inside of your leg. Cut your ribbon to suit the length, repeat on the outer side but wrap it around only ONCE.

To make sure that the ribbon doesn’t fray, you can use a match or a lighter to seal the end of the ribbon, but ensure that you don’t burn it!

Repeat on the other shoe, and your ribbons are done.

Darning, suede patches, or just thread?…

There is always a conflict between teachers and students on the opinion of what you should have on the end of your shoes. As darning is more traditional, this is more liked by teachers but darning is a very long process. However, the more practice you do, the quicker you will get. The preferred process of students is normally suede patches and now there are even pointe shoes that come with suede patches on them (e.g. Gaynor Minden and Merlet).

To darn your pointe shoes

You will need a curved needle which is much easier as it can get underneath the material and you can pull it through easier. Start on the outside and work your way in a circular shape, following the shape of the end of the shoe. To do this, the most common stitch to do this is a blanket stitch. If you don’t know how to do this, take a look at the following link: (it has pictures to follow along with to make it easier).

They are a lot easier, all you need to do is buy some suede patches and glue them on with fabric glue, as if it comes out at the edges, it dries clear. Voila! A much easier process, but they don’t last as long unfortunately…

Darn the egdes of the end of your shoes

This is very popular among graduates and in sixth form.

  1. Take your shoe, and keep the satin on the toe. Make sure you have a good, thick, heavy-duty needle and some heavy duty thread.
  2. Thread your needle with enough thread to go around the edge of the shoe. Start at the left side of the pleats where they meet the platform and pull the needle through so that the knot is not in the way when feet are flat.
  3. Now we make our first darning/finishing stitch. Take the needle to the left of the first stitch and bring up through to the edge of the platform but don’t pull it all the way through yet. Take the thread under the needle to the left and around the tip, and then pull.
  4. Continue with the second stitch to the left of the first and so on, pulling to the sides to make the stitch lie neatly next to the previous one. Make sure you go all the way around the platform.
  5. Once you’ve come the whole way around the platform, take the needle and tie a knot using the excess thread from the beginning and trim the excess thread.

This seems extremely tricky to do but once you get going it is very easy and a lot quicker!

Finished! This is all you need to do to prepare your pointe shoes.

A/N If your teacher prefers you to darn, please do this and DO NOT use suede patches as this can be seen as quite rude and your teacher knows best, believe me! (It could even be because the floor is too slippy for suede if you are in a church hall- I know the struggle!)

“Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils”

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Introduction: How to Sew Pointe Shoes for Beginners

Getting your first pair- or even a new pair-of pointe shoes is a very exciting time. It’s like a right of passage you strive for growing up in the world of dance. Yet, it can become frustrating having so many steps before actually being able to put those bad boys on. It’s like a gourmet meal, there is a lot of preparation involved, but the end result is worth the effort. My hope is that whoever reads this can find a quick, easy flow for sewing their pointe shoes!

Step 1: STEP ONE: Gather Materials

-pointe shoes (your personal brand – I recommend getting fitted at a dance shoe store with a specialist)

-sewing needle and thread matching the color of your shoes OR dental floss (a matter of preference)

-elastic for each shoe

-ribbons for each shoe

Step 2: STEP TWO: Placement & Measuring of Elastics

DISCLAIMER: I will be demonstrating how to sew pointe shoes with one elastic per shoe.

Start by trying on your first shoe. It doesn’t matter which one, but the shoes will mold to you feet over time so keep track of which is which (I recommend labeling them on the inside). You will need to try on your shoes once or twice more to find the right length and positioning for your elastics. When you purchase pointe shoes you will be given one long elastic band that you will have to cut down into two pieces, one for each shoe.

There is a vertical seam on the back/heel of the shoe. (See photos above) On either side of this seam is where you will be sewing the ends of your elastics. With your shoe on your foot you will hold the end of the elastic on one side of the seam on the inside of the shoe. (See photo above) While holding it down, pull the rest of the elastic over the top of your foot. Bring it to meet the end of the elastic that you are holding down and place it next to that end on the other side of the seam. Measure a length that is comfortable for you. Remember to make it snug enough to allow for support and for the elastic to stretch out over time but not so tight that it cuts off circulation. Take your time with this step to make sure you have the right length and then cut your elastic accordingly. Like my Grampa says: measure twice, cut once!

Repeat steps with the second shoe.

Step 3: STEP THREE: Measure Thread

As I mentioned in the first step, you can use thread or dental floss for sewing. Some people use floss because it provides a stronger base for elastics and ribbons. I personally prefer thread because of the resulting cleaner look. Again it doesn’t affect your sewing, so you can decide!

I usually go for about an arm’s length of thread to begin. Cut the end of your thread. Thread the needle and pull the thread through, so that the ends of the thread meet. This results in a double layer of sewing, which creates a stronger stitch.

Beginning sewers may think to make a knot right away, but have patience grasshoppers.

Step 4: STEP FOUR: Sew Elastics

Take your first shoe once again and place the elastic next to your heel seam as in STEP TWO. Hold it down with your thumb and forefinger of your non-sewing hand. Starting from the inside, close to a corner, begin to sew. Make one small (1/4 inch or less) stitch about 1/4 inch from the elastic’s edge. Once you have pulled your first stitch through now is the time to make a knot with the end of the thread and the thread you pulled through. (See photos above) Continue to sew along the first edge, being sure to pull the thread tight after each stitch. You will sew a square to bring your stitches to meet with where you started. (See photos above) Your last stitch should be on the inside of the shoe so you can tie another knot using the ends of the thread from your first knot. Snip your thread and start on the other end of the elastic. Make sure your elastic is not twisted. I recommend putting on your shoe once more and pulling the elastic over your foot to double check placement.

Repeat steps for sewing second side of elastic and again for the second shoe.

Step 5: STEP FIVE: Placement & Measuring of Ribbons

Similarly to the elastics, the ribbons are sewn next to seams. There are seams on either side of your pointe shoes (at your instep and on the outside). The ribbon will be sewn right next to the seam on the heel side. Place the end of the ribbon far enough down to perform the same box pattern you stitched on your elastics. The opposite end of each ribbon will remain loose, as the ribbons are wrapped around the ankles and tied to secure the shoes further.

Step 6: STEP SIX: Sew Ribbons

You will be following the same pattern as the elastics. Go back to STEP FOUR if you need a recap. You will use these steps for all four of your ribbons.

Step 7: STEP SEVEN: Singe Ends of Ribbons

It’s time to grab an adult and some matches or a lighter. Carefully take the end of your ribbon that isn’t sewn and lightly singe the edge. It will only take a second and you will see that the edge hardens. This will prevent the ends of your ribbons from fraying. Do this to all the other ribbons. This concludes your sewing experience!

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Question 2 years ago on Introduction

what kind of thread do i need to use to sew a ribbon on a pointe shoes

How to darn pointe shoes

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You can use dental floss or standard thread that you can find at a fabric store or dance store.

How to darn pointe shoes

Nicely documented! My wife has been dancing for 30 years and I just learned recently how complicated this process was.

My one bit of feedback regarding this project is that you should post a main image showing your actual pointe shoes. Maybe you can try to recreate the one you used.

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How to darn pointe shoes

There are so many tips out there to make pointe shoes last longer, to make your feet look better, and to reduce noise. Sometimes, we forget to pass these secrets down to the younger generation, simply because it doesn’t cross one’s mind. It just becomes second nature, or you have just been doing it so long it doesn’t even seem like you are doing anything different.

How to darn pointe shoes

One of these secrets is to darn your pointe shoes. There are numerous reasons to darn:

  • Create a slightly wider platform to balance
  • Creating friction while turning
  • To quite the box
  • To find your box
  • To lengthen the line of your foot.

The list goes on.

So darning can be extremely time consuming for one pair of pointe shoes. It seems crazy that you would darn a pair of shoes, break it in and bang em out for one show; especially if you are on a budget.

So, why darn the box? Really it is a matter of preference. Some people use darning as a way to save the shoe, make the box reinforced and create a sturdier platform to balance. Anyways, there are multiple ways to darn a pointe shoe.

The first way is to take embroidery floss or crochet thread and loop it around the box multiple times. Like 8 or 10 times, sometimes even more depending on what you are dancing. Then easily whip stitch them together around the box holding the wrapped threads together. Easier said than done. When darning, you actually have to push into the first layer of the box, not just the stain so make sure you have a pretty heavy duty thimble. In this method you can leave slightly wider gaps to allow for give.

The second way is to take a chord of elastic so there is give in the darning and take the embroidery floss and blanket stitch tightly around tightening the stitches after each stitch. The blanket stitch edge should be in towards the box. If you don’t know what a blanket stitch is, it is basically a whip stitch but right before going back through the stitch you guide the needle through the stitch and creating a version of a cow hitch for those of you knot enthusiasts out there.

How to darn pointe shoes

TIPS TO DARN:

-The biggest and strongest needle

-A Very strong thimble

-Elastic Chord, if going the second way

-Embroidery floss or crochet thread

-if you are struggling pushing the needle through the box… use pliers.

-If you make a mistake, don’t take it out, just go over the stitch again, as long as it is comfortable for you to stand in.

-To check if the stitches are even, the shoe should balance on it’s own.

-If you want a video of how to darn… like the post!!

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This article was co-authored by Geraldine Grace Johns. Geraldine Grace Johns is a Professional Ballerina and the Owner of Grace Ballet in New York and Los Angeles. Geraldine toured through New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea as Jammes in Ken Hill’s Original Phantom of the Opera. She has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in London and taught for the Kudo School of Ballet in Yokohama. Geraldine also ran her own Royal Academy of Dance School in New Zealand before studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Geraldine was a guest coach and Master Class teacher in Toronto for the Canadian Royal Academy of Dance’s “Dance Challenge” in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She was also a guest coach and Master Class teacher for the USA Royal Academy of Dance Challenge in Long Beach, California in 2019 and 2020.

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In the ballet world, getting your pointe shoes is a major milestone. You’re probably eager to lace them up and start dancing, but you’ll need to prepare them first. After attaching your ribbons and elastic, you can start breaking in your shoes to achieve the right combination of sturdiness, flexibility, and snugness for your feet. As you get more experience wearing pointe shoes, you’ll develop your own process for preparing them. After all, every dancer’s feet are unique. Don’t forget to ask your teacher and more experienced ballerinas for advice!

This article was co-authored by Geraldine Grace Johns. Geraldine Grace Johns is a Professional Ballerina and the Owner of Grace Ballet in New York and Los Angeles. Geraldine toured through New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea as Jammes in Ken Hill’s Original Phantom of the Opera. She has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in London and taught for the Kudo School of Ballet in Yokohama. Geraldine also ran her own Royal Academy of Dance School in New Zealand before studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Geraldine was a guest coach and Master Class teacher in Toronto for the Canadian Royal Academy of Dance’s “Dance Challenge” in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She was also a guest coach and Master Class teacher for the USA Royal Academy of Dance Challenge in Long Beach, California in 2019 and 2020.

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Because pointe shoes are only widely available in a few standard shades, you’ll likely want or need to change the color at some point in your dance career. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can dye your pointe shoes to achieve the color you want. If you want to permanently dye your shoes and have a wide range of color options, using fabric dye or a permanent marker are both great options. If you want to temporarily color your shoes to remove their satin sheen and give them a pink hue or match your skin tone, you’ll likely want to try painting or “pancaking” them with foundation or calamine lotion.

Ok, I have been REALLY REALLY curious about darning pointe shoes. I am not looking for “Oh I use bunheads thread and I criss cross around the box” but I’m looking for REAL darning. Darning that looks like someone has taken yarn and swirled it around and sewed it. I’ve also heard it called crocheting your box. A good example of what i’m looking for is in The Dancer, a Swedish documentary (find it on YouTube) I have not been able to find any websites showing you how to do this in an easy to follow way. Please help because I wear Eva pointe shoes and the box is kind of rounded and unstable. Because of that I slipped and sprained my arm. (And I WAS INDEED WEARING ROSIN)

Help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

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I darn my shoes using embroidery thread and a curved needle. I start at the bottom of the box and create a circle around it, which spirals inward each revolution. When I reach the center I make a few more stitches until I reach the starting point, where I have left enough thread to tie a knot. Excess thread is then trimmed.

The curved needle helps make “loop” style stitches. I really don’t know anything about sewing so I can’t give better terms. I learned my style of darning from an instructor.

I prefer darning to the adhesive suede tips since the suede would peel away from the shoe and bunch up, creating an uneven surface. With a little rosin the darning is wonderful for stability.

I darn my pointe shoes with the slightly thicker, pointe shoe coloured thread and a small, curved “upholstery” needle.

I use the “Lazy Daisy” stitch, which I refer to as a chain stitch or darning stitch. I start by soiling the platform to see where I need to darn, then outline it lightly with a pencil. When I start darning I start at the bottom and outside of the platform, and go around the platform, and spiral inwards with each revolution.

Here’s the link to an animation. I hope it works and you should try it out on a piece of fabric first, before you accidentally mess up on your pointe shoes. (That’s what happened to me with my fourth pair. And I had darned two pairs before that!)

I darn all of my shoes, as it provides both traction and an extra layer to the platform, which I love! I use a darning needle (from JoAnn’s) and darning thread (also from Joann’s); the Freed guide is my favorite. It’s how I learned to darn! Let me know if you have any questions. The first time is the hardest, but once you get used to it, darning is actually pretty easy!

I have never darned my shoes, but have you tried suede caps ? You stick them on the platform and they stop the shoes from slipping. Hope this helps xx

Where did you get your suede tips? I can’t find them at any dance store locally, (I’ve got several Capezio stores, a MovinEasy, and also a Dorothy’s Dance. none of them sell suede tips). Also, I have tried the moleskin idea, and it was really slippery! So that was a no for me anyway.

This article was co-authored by Geraldine Grace Johns. Geraldine Grace Johns is a Professional Ballerina and the Owner of Grace Ballet in New York and Los Angeles. Geraldine toured through New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea as Jammes in Ken Hill’s Original Phantom of the Opera. She has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in London and taught for the Kudo School of Ballet in Yokohama. Geraldine also ran her own Royal Academy of Dance School in New Zealand before studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Geraldine was a guest coach and Master Class teacher in Toronto for the Canadian Royal Academy of Dance’s “Dance Challenge” in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She was also a guest coach and Master Class teacher for the USA Royal Academy of Dance Challenge in Long Beach, California in 2019 and 2020.

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Ballet is a rigorous style of dance that makes great demands of your body. Going en pointe is a big step, and a landmark moment in a young ballerina’s career. Dancing en pointe can be very dangerous if the dancer is not strong enough or trained enough to do it, so don’t attempt to dance en pointe unless your instructor tells you you are ready. However, this article will give you a sense of how close you are to being ready to dance en pointe.

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Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is an exciting time in any ballet dancers life, so in this post, I have decided to write a pointe shoe fitting guide to make your first experience on pointe as comfortable as possible for you.

If you were to dissect ballet down to a single, iconic image, it would most probably be the pointe shoe.

As young children, we always fantasized about dancing on our toes, but we knew that the pointe shoe was only for serious dancers and is the first step towards being a real ballerina.

It is the ultimate achievement in ballet to progress to pointe work, but be warned, the first time you go up onto those pointes, those tears of happiness could turn into tears of pain, but it is a pain that most dancers, in time, get used to.

When Is The Best Time To Start Dancing On Pointe?

As a rough guide, the absolute earliest age to go on point is 11, although 12 or 13 is more common and probably safer.

Going on pointe should be at the onset of puberty and never before. The dancer should have at least four years of ballet training under her belt, and if she is only taking one ballet class a week, four years then isn’t enough.

Starting later rather than earlier is always best because, in young bodies, the bones are yet to harden, and starting too early can cause enormous damage to both the bone formation and the growth plates in the feet.

Remember that there is absolutely no reason at all not to start later.

A good test for readiness is to do a series of releves devant on demi-pointe. Try sixteen on one leg in the center holding the body with balance and security. When you can do this well on both legs, you are probably ready for pointe work.

Remember that the shoes don’t do the dancing, the dancer does, and the dancer needs to be prepared both mentally and physically. Sometimes children are ready physically but don’t have the concentration to do justice to their pointe training.

What Is The Ideal Foot For Pointe Work?

The ideal foot for pointe work is said to have the first three toes the same length, but that doesn’t happen very often as it is the luck of the genetic draw.

How to darn pointe shoesAny dancer can work on strengthening their feet with tools like resistance bands and working against your own body weight.

Feet with high arches, although very pretty, will need extra strengthening, as they tend to be the weaker type of foot.

Remember that it is not only the strength of the foot that is important but the body as a whole. A dancer on pointe has to be especially strong in the core.

A foot that has an arch that is neither too high or too flat is usually ideal.

Pointe Shoe Fitting Guide

Now the monumental occasion has arrived where you will go and buy your pointe shoes, armed of course with your pointe shoe fitting guide, it can still be overwhelming.

Before you go for your first pointe shoe fitting, cut your toenails short.

Make yourself some notes from this pointe shoe fitting guide and use it as a reference. If you don’t write it down, you won’t remember.

It can be confusing going up on pointe for the first time. You are not sure how you are supposed to feel when you go up on pointe – is it supposed to be so sore?

The most important advice I can give is to get a professional pointe shoe fitter. Never buy your first pair of pointe shoes online without trying them first.

Never be scared to ask questions.

Try as many pairs as you can in different brands so that you can feel the difference.

You should be able to plie in your pointe shoes with the big toe just touching the end of the shoe. The pointe shoe should feel like a tight slightly suffocating hug around your forefoot. The toes should still be able to spread.

When you rise on your pointe, you should feel your big toe make contact with the floor, but also the feeling that your pointe shoes are supporting your foot evenly across the whole foot.

The toes should lie flat and not be clenched within the shoe.

The vamp should cover the toes, so in other words, no toe cleavage.

The shoe must be snug across the knuckle of the toe, but not squeeze it so much as to inhibit movement.

When on pointe, there is likely to be a bit of spare fabric at the heel – that’s ok.

Make sure that the shank of the shoe lines up straight with the sole of the foot. If you find it twisting to the side, then you probably have the wrong width of shoe.

When you get it right, the shoe actually becomes an extension of the body.

The most important part of this pointe shoe fitting guide is that you should not rush your fitting. Pointe shoes are an investment and you need to be absolutely sure that they are right for you before you purchase them.

Breaking Those Shoes In

While most pointe shoes are still made with traditional materials, there have been many advances in technology over the past few years.

How to darn pointe shoesSome shoes now use more flexible polymer in the shank and box and even shock-absorbing cushioning.

Even the more traditional shoes have changed gradually to suit the more modern dancer. They have become softer and don’t need as much breaking in as they used to.

No more is bashing and hammering required, and you will just need the heat and the sweat of your feet to do most of the work.

The prep work you will still need to do is sew on your ribbons and maybe elastic. Make sure you find out from your fitter just where the best place is to attach them and at what angles for the best fit.

In the past, we had to darn the platform for extra grip, but nowadays you can also purchase small suede patches which you can glue to the shoe – much easier.

Prepping Those Feet

To prep our feet, we were told to dip our toes in surgical spirits to harden them, but nowadays, it is suggested that moisturizing the feet works better so that your skin stays more elastic.

Lambswool is an old favourite, but now dancers tend to tape their toes to stop the skin from splitting. There are also gel toe-spacers available to keep toes aligned and avoid bunions.

Silicon pads to slip over the toes also work a treat. The less bulky the better, or you won’t be able to articulate the joints.

Start Slowly

Of course, now that you have your shoes, you are probably rearing to go, but remember that pointe work must start slowly and gradually – maybe ten minutes at the end of class.

Practise walking in your shoes so that you get comfortable in them, then walk and run in three-quarter pointe, until those shoes feel like extensions of your feet. Click here for some more tips on starting pointe work.

With good fitting and good teaching, pointe work will become a joy to do.

If you have any more points to add to this pointe shoe fitting guide, please feel free to comment below.

Did you know that your pointe shoes last longer if they get 48 hours to dry out? In dry Colorado, we can scale that amount back to 36 hours yet that still may not leave enough time for you to wear your shoes as much as you need. You probably already knew this from the last time you slid on slightly damp (and possibly cold) pointe shoes. Adding Minwax, Jet Glue and other hardeners help keep moisture out but nothing works as well as good old dry air and rest. (Minwax is a great hardener that can be reapplied when shoes are dry. It can be purchased at any hardware store or big box store that carries paint supplies. Jet glue is great for hardening shanks, platforms and certain areas of the wing of the shoes. Be careful with this option – it’s runny like water, dries super fast and can be quite smelly. BBW carries Jet glue behind the counter. Fun fact – unused Jet Glue lasts longer if kept in the refrigerator!)

Darning shoes can help the shoe platforms last longer, but the real beauty behind this skill is the stability of placement added to the shoes. Just like most cups or jars that you have in your cabinet, the bottom is not flat rather it is concave, allowing the lip around the center to even out the carried weight, stabilizing the object (in our case, a dancer en pointe). Darning can also help shoes sound better on stage. If you want your audience to pay attention to the dance your feet are helping to produce and not the sound, this is a good trick to use.

What does all this mean for your shoe allotment as you dance into high gear for Nutcracker and holiday performances? Just as it sounds, lots of pairs of shoes. Before your parents faint on the floor, make sure they know we have a bulk order program that will not only save the day on back order shoes, but also save them money! In order to make this program work for you, act fast and get your orders in for your rehearsal and performance pointe shoes. You can call or email in your order (we ship!) or stop by. If you are thinking you need an adjustment on your style or size, make a 30 minute appointment with one of our fitters and place your order once you are comfortable with your new shoes. Worried you might outgrow your shoes before you use them all? We agree that it is better to have too many shoes versus too few, so we will exchange any unworn pair for new sizing within 3 months of your order.

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Looking for a pair of pointe shoes for Egyptian feet?

Check out our list and reviews of some of the best pointe shoes for Egyptian feet.

In our pointe shoe fitting guide, we touched on Egyptian toes, Grecian Feet, Giselle Feet, etc. but didn’t get into the details.

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Egyptian feet are very common and if you look at the image above, they’re characterized by having toes that decrease in length from your big down to the little toe.

An ideal pointe shoe for Egyptian feet should have tapered toes and hold the forefoot snugly, keep reading for our list of recommeded pointe shoes and reviews.

Best Pointe Shoes for Egyptian Feet

Almaz – Russian Pointe

The Almaz is a good option for Egyptian feet when you need a pointe shoe with moderately tapered toes. Russian Pointe shoes do have a higher vamp, which makes it a little difficult to get up onto the box. They have a higher cut heel and a low wing.

Airess – Capezio

One of the things that make the Airess by Capezio so unique is that the offer choices for shanks, vamps and toe box. You can have the Airess tapered for Egyptian feet and the rounded platform makes it easier to roll on pointe.

The biggest concern other dancers have is that it can go soft faster when compared to a pleated shoe. The three different shank strengths are called soft, medium and hard. However, they’re more like medium, hard, and ridiculously hard. There is an interior sock lining which is pretty great for getting an extra grip while keeping the interior soft. The heel of the shoe also conforms more to the contours of your foot.

Alpha – Bloch

Great shoe for medium Egyptian feet. Similar to the Capezio Tiffany, but the box is a little more square and only slightly tapered, which is what makes it great for medium Egyptian feet. The 3/4 outer sole functions almost like a 3/4 shank and the heel feels incredibly soft. It’s a very easy shoe to break in. It’s a great looking shoe but make sure it fits your foot type.

Suffolk Spotlight + Suffolk Stellar

The Suffolk Spotlight is a great 3/4 shank for dancers with long narrow feet and Egyptian toes. The box can be a little soft, so be prepared to replace these regularly. There’s also the Suffolk Stellar, which uses more durable materials. If you’ve tried the Bloch Axioms or Aspirations but found them too wide, then you may find the Suffolk models to be a better fit.

Encore – Russian Pointe

The Encore model by Russian Pointe uses a pre-arched construction which is great if you have low arches. The box is tapered for Egyptian feet but is still pretty wide compared to other shoes. Other things to note are the medium/short vamp and medium/soft shank. It comes in 6 widths, 3 vamps, and 6 shanks.

Axiom – Bloch

Bloch’s Axiom pointe shoes are tapered for Egyptian feet but with lower sides and angled seams. They’re wider than the Suffolk brand pointe shoes but still great for narrow feet. If you find that they’re too wide for you, then check out the Suffolk Stellar or Spotlight.

Axis – Bloch

The Axis by Bloch uses therm-morph technology in the shank and box. What that means is you use a hair dryer to mold them to your feet without having to break them in. These shoes can last a really long time if you fridge them after wearing them. Just like the other pointe shoes on this list, these are great for Egyptian feet with long toes.

Suprima – Bloch

Of all of Bloch’s shoes, the Suprima has the narrowest platform and most tapered box. The shank is strong, but flexible, so perfect if you have super narrow, Egyptian feet with high arches. If your shoes are too long, then these may not be the best because they’ll cause you to knuckle over (but this is my experience).

Heritage – Bloch

The Heritage is Bloch’s version of the classical Russian-style pointe shoe. Very low v-shaped vamp and tapered toe. The Heritage Bloch pointe shoe is perfect for wide feet with Egyptian toes and a high arch. Would not recommend these for narrower feet.

Bella – Capezio

The Bella by Capezio is great for medium to wide Egyptian feet. It uses a 3/4 shank and has a vamp that is 1/4 inch shorter than the Glisse.

Pavlowa – Capezio

If you find the vamp on the Bella too short, then you can try the Pavlowa by Capezio. Overall, it’s a longer shoe. The vamp is longer, as is the heel. These are great pointe shoes for narrow Egyptian feet, and if you need extra support for the metatarsals.

Tiffany – Capezio

The Capezio Tiffany pointe shoe has a softer shank than other models and has a more tapered box than the Glisse. Vamp length, wings, and heel will feel similar to the Glisse, but the crown will feel higher.

Grishko 2007

The Grishko 2007 is one of the most popular pointe shoes. It can be used with a variety of different feet, but it is tapered which makes it great for Egyptian feet. The roll through shank is supportive enough but still makes it incredibly easy to roll through pointe.

It features a medium vamp, and a really low wing, making it easier to control. Overall, it’s a great shoe for narrow and Egyptian feet, but I’ve also heard dancers with medium-sized feet give these positive reviews as well.

Grishko Nova

Very similar to the 2007 but with a lower heel. You’ll also notice the platform is broader with higher wings. It’s a soft, quiet shoe, which makes it a great performance shoe.

Grishko Vaganova

The Vaganova by Grishko is 100% handmade, no machine stitching. Just like the other Grishko’s on this list, the Vaganova is great for narrow feet with high, flexible arches. These also have a higher than normal vamp for long toes.

Freed Classic

Freed’s Classic pointe shoe is one of the most popular out there. The shoe has a slight taper, which is perfect for dancers with wider, Egyptian feet. Freed pointe shoes are incredibly light, but some dancers do complain that they die quickly.

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How to darn pointe shoes

Pointe shoes are expensive, and they don’t last very long. Every ballet dancer would love to find a foolproof way to make their pointe shoes last longer. Considering that a single pair of pointe shoes can cost almost $100, frequently replacing pointe shoes can become very expensive. Did you know that professional ballet dancers can wear out a pair of pointe shoes during a single ballet performance? Student dancers may not wear them out that quickly, but needing new pointe shoes every two or three weeks is not that uncommon.

Pointe Shoes Have a Short Lifespan

Why do pointe shoes have such short lifespans? Pointe shoes tend to wear out quickly because they are usually made with natural materials. Your feet sweat a lot while dancing en pointe, and your pointe shoes tend to soak up the sweat and become soft. The pointe shoe box softens under the heat and pressure produced by your feet.

The two most important factors that determine the lifespan of a pointe shoe are the shank and the box.

  • Shank: The shank is a piece of rigid material that provides support for the arch of the foot while en pointe. Over time, the shank weakens and becomes too soft to provide support for the dancer.
  • Box: The box is a hard, flat enclosure covered in satin that supports the dancer’s toes. Over time, the box becomes too soft to support the dancer’s weight.

Drying and Rotating

Before discussing any methods for rehardening your pointe shoes, it is important to understand the importance of two simple maintenance techniques.

  • Drying: After wearing your pointe shoes, never throw them into your dance bag. Instead, take them off and remove all padding. Take a plastic grocery bag stuffed with wadded newspaper and stuff it into the box. This will help your shoes dry quickly while keeping the moisture away from your shoes.
  • Rotating: Make sure to rotate at least two pairs of pointe shoes. After wearing one pair of pointe shoes one day, allow them to dry for a full day before wearing them again. This single strategy could easily extend the lifetime of your pointe shoes by 50%.

Rehardening Techniques

  • Polyurethane (Shellac): Sweat and moisture make pointe shoes break down. Applying polyurethane will make them somewhat waterproof, plus harden the box. Pour a small amount of polyurethane into the box of the pointe shoes, just covering the inside of the platform. Using a paintbrush, quickly smooth the mixture around the inside of the box. Allow the shoes to dry completely, at least 48 hours, before wearing.
  • Super Glue (Jet Glue): The product known as Jet Glue is used by many dancers for rehardening pointe shoes, but some dancers simply use super glue. Squeeze a few drops of glue into the box and swirl around quickly. Apply a few drops along the shank. Work quickly because the glue will dry fast. Allow the glue to dry completely before wearing, at least 24-48 hours.
  • Floor Wax (Future): Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Using a small brush, apply a small amount of floor wax to the inside the boxes of your shoes. Turn the oven off and put pointe shoes inside. Do not remove them until the next day. The wax will form a plastic coating inside the box.

What You Should Know

Different brands of pointe shoes are made with different materials. Rehardening methods that work well for some pointe shoes may not work as well on others. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before trying any of the methods mentioned above.

Always use caution when working with chemicals. Some dancers may develop skin reactions when coming into contact with certain products. Always protect surrounding surfaces to prevent accidental damage.

Pointe shoes: A Love Affair

The relationship a ballerina has with her pointe shoes is fascinating. Considering the beauty and magic of a ballet performance, one might imagine it a tender, benevolent affair. But we know better, don’t we?

Pointe shoes are pressed, mutilated, drawn and three-quartered before they can ever adorn the feet of a dancer in class or performance. And once pointe shoes are broken and useless, they’re tossed aside. Woe to the next pristine pair!

Yet, pointe shoes are the object of every young ballerina’s desire and, though she may go through a period of love/hate, most dancers who move on to professional stages show great respect for the tool of their trade. A ballerina takes care in choosing her pointe shoe and when she finds a “partner” she really likes, she’s loyal. A dancer prepares her pointe shoes with devotion, even if her methods lack a certain… elegance.

How to darn pointe shoesJuliet sketch by Roberta Guidi Di Bagno – Houston Ballet

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…

Our love affair with pointe shoes gets me thinking about other examples of torrid entanglements in the ballet world. There are plenty of specimen, but during the month of February, Romeo and Juliet glide to the forefront.

Here in Houston, we await the world premiere of an entirely new production of Shakespeare’s famous love story. Presented by Houston Ballet February 26 – March 8 2015, Romeo and Juliet is choreographed by artistic director, Stanton Welch with sets and costumes by acclaimed Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno. [Get tickets here.]

In celebration of this event and of pointe shoes (and the ballerinas who wear them), I decided to ask four of Houston Ballet’s female dancers to tell us about her pointe shoes and the tough love she shows them.

Let me introduce you to the dancers…

How to darn pointe shoesOriginally from Japan, Houston Ballet Principal, Yuriko Kajiya studied ballet in China and Canada and is a past Prix de Lausanne Scholarship winner. After joining American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2001, she later apprenticed and rose to the rank of soloist with ABT’s main company. In July 2010, she appeared on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, along with fellow ABT soloist Jared Matthews. Ms. Kajiya is well known in Japan, having starred in the high profile documentaries, Passion Across a Continent in Japan (2007) and Yuriko: Ballerina (2011) which appeared on national television across Japan. In September 2013, she met with the Prime Minster of Japan, Shinzo Abe, while he visited the U.N., to discuss women’s rights within Japan. She joined Houston Ballet as a first soloist in 2014 and was promoted to principal dancer in November of that same year.

How to darn pointe shoesHouston Ballet soloist, Nao Kusuzaki, grew up and trained in Japan until the age of 10, when she moved to America to study at the Washington School of Ballet. Ms. Kusuzaki danced professionally with Boston Ballet for five seasons. She later joined Houston Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2008. She has danced featured roles in Stanton Welch’s TuTu, Falling, and Brigade, premiered in Nosotros and Punctillius, and has danced the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian in The Nutcracker; Cio-Cio San and Suzuki in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Nikiya in La Bayadère.

How to darn pointe shoesBorn in Sacramento, California, Houston Ballet demi soloist, Elise Elliott trained at the Deane Dance Center. In 2007, she became a member of Houston Ballet II, where she performed in many ballets, including a world premiere by Stanton Welch, choreographed to Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 for Da Camera of Houston. Later that year, she joined the main company and has been featured in many ballets, including Stanton Welch’s Falling; Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading; Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels, Stanton Welch’s Of Blessed Memory; and William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Elise was featured as the “On The Rise” dancer in Dance Magazine’s April 2014 issue and is married to fellow Houston Ballet dancer, Rhodes Elliott. I first spoke with Elise in 2009, when her last name was still Judson and she was a corps dancer taking on the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.

How to darn pointe shoesAlyssa Springer, originally from Orange County, California, is a member of Houston Ballet’s corps de ballet. She began her study at Ballet Pacifica and continued her training with John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow of ABT, California Conservatory of Dance, Anaheim Ballet, and attended the prestigious Stiefel and Stars program for two summers. Ms. Springer performed as a Snowflake with the company in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker during her first year as a Houston Ballet Academy student, later joining Houston Ballet II midyear. She was offered an apprenticeship with the company shortly after and has appeared in a number of world premieres by Stanton Welch, James Kudelka’s world premiere of Passion as a demi-soloist, and William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, performing the lead role originated by Paris Opera’s Sylvie Guillem.

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Marie Taglioni is often given the credit, and the blame, for being the first dancer to rise all the way to the tips of her toes and dance “en pointe.” Appropriately, she was dancing the role of a sylph in “La Sylphide” and the shoes allowed her to give the illusion of hovering as though she were weightless (Barringer & Schlesinger, 2004). To look at the origin of modern pointe shoes, though, we must step back even further, to the beginnings of ballet.

Classical ballet as we know it today originated in France from court dances imported from Italy in the 17th century. King Louis XIV is remembered by ballet historians as an avid dancer and he opened the Academie Royale de Danse to train dancers. Dance steps, in particular the five positions, began to be codified at this time. Going quickly through 200 years of history, we see that between the time the Academie Royale de Danse opened and Taglioni performed La Sylphide, ballet transitioned from being a men’s dance form to having many notable female dancers. The aesthetic also changed from a more grounded style to the airy, ethereal quality of the Romantic era, and it is this aesthetic, at its peak, that gave rise to the idea of pointe shoes (Barringer & Schlesinger, 2004, http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/PointeHistory.html).

In their article “Technique and Autonomy in the Development of Art: A Case Study in Ballet”, Sandra N. Hammond and Phillip E. Hammond (1989) walk us through a model for understanding the development of dance technique. They suppose four influencing factors:

1. Any technical innovation is partly the result of earlier techniques.

2. Any technical innovation is partly the result also of dissatisfaction with prevailing practices.

3. Dissatisfaction with prevailing practices, however, is partly the result of technical innovation.

4. Dissatisfaction results also from a range of non-technical factors.

From these, they trace a web through five major stages of ballet development, explaining each in terms of an interaction of the four influences. At each of these stages, one major technical development occurred, and this both allowed for and encouraged later changes. For example, stage 3 marks the first time that maximum turnout, the external rotation of the legs, was considered important. This had the effect of realizing motions that had previously been physically impossible (factor 1). Range of motion in the hips was particularly affected by increased turnout, as was the strength of certain leg muscles requiring more extensive training. This in turn allowed for the creation of more difficult steps, particularly turns and jumps which would have been impossible without turnout (factors 2 and 3). Hammond points out that physical abilities were not all that influenced these developments, though. She suggests that shifts in cultural ideals changed what types of ballets were being created (factor 4). A change from classicism to romanticism across the arts changed the styles of choreography.

We can use the Hammonds’ model not just to understand development in movement, but also to trace a non-technical factor, dress code, that piggybacks with changes in movement. These changes ultimately leads to the invention of pointe shoes. As technique changed, women shortened their dresses so as not to hinder their movement, and to show off their legs, which were doing increasingly intricate and complicated steps. Women also stopped wearing high-heeled shoes, but continued to rise up on their toes, to demi-pointe, or half pointe. As choreography demanded the floating quality associated with the romantic ballets, rising to full pointe was the next logical step, at which point technical development converged with technological development.

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Since our founder Jacob Bloch made his first Pointe shoe in 1932, Bloch has been the innovation leader for these shoes, which epitomise the art of ballet. You will find our Pointe shoes on the feet of leading professionals in dance companies around the world, as well as thousands of training ballet students. Recent Bloch Pointe shoe innovations include the Eurostretch, our first split sole pointe shoe; the Axis with our exclusive TMT paste; the Heritage with it’s unique shaped outsole and the Jetstream featuring an EVA cushion in the box for extra comfort and shock absorption.

Our handmade satin ballet Pointe shoes balance superior construction with a dancer’s comfort. A correctly fitted Bloch Pointe shoe considers all aspects of the shoe’s anatomy to ensure correct foot positions and the perfect leg line. We strongly recommend that dancers visit one of our Bloch Stores for a professional fitting from one of our highly trained staff. This is to avoid potential injury caused by an ill-fitting shoe. Browse our Foot Essentials for additional comfort when wearing Pointe shoes and check out our Foot Accessories for ribbons, elastic and toe caps. Read our guide for Sewing Ribbon onto Ballet Shoes , tips on Pointe Shoe Care and FAQs . Bloch, professional dance shoes since 1932.

Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe

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Glossary of terms

Binding
The tape that finishes the top edge of the upper which also encases the drawstring.

Block/Box
The hardened surface area of a pointe shoe which includes the vamp, wings and platform, surrounds the front section of the foot. The Block/Box is made from the application of numerous layers of special fabrics, all with different shapes, bound together by the paste in between each layer. This process is very similar to the process of papier maché.

Drawstring
A length of either cotton cord or elastic cord encased within the binding that allows the upper to form a snug fit around the foot.

Heel Strap
A satin tab which is sewn over the joining seams of the back uppers.

Last
The foot shaped mold which the pointe shoe is manufactured around.

Outsole
The outer most sole of pointe shoes is made from leather.

Paste
A specially formulated glue type substance, which is used in both the process of hardening the toe Block/Box and attaching the insole to the inside of the pointe shoe.

Platform
The flattened surface at the toe end of the pointe shoe which allows the dancer to balance ‘en pointe’.

Pleats
The measured pleating which draws the satin over the Box which meets the Outsole.

Shank / Insole
A combination of layers of special materials into a unique profile which forms the structural anchor similar to the way a spine supports the human body. Shanks/insoles are developed in different profiles creating various levels of flexibility.

Side Seam
The stitching on the side seam is a double French stitch which ensures strength and sews front Upper to the back Upper.

Sock
A thin suede or cotton fabric covering the inner shank.

Upper
All the parts above the shoe’s sole that are joined together to become a single unit which is then attached to the Outsole.

Vamp
The lower forward part of the shoe’s upper, covering the forepart of the foot and includes the Block/Box and Platform.

Vamp (Modified)
The measurement from the centre middle of the drawstring to the edge of the Platform.

Vamp Shape / Throat Line
The shape of the entrance area for the front of the foot. In Bloch pointe shoes the Vamp shape is either ‘U’ shaped or ‘V’ shaped.

Wing
Each of the two symmetrical sides of the vamp directed toward the heel. The outer edge of the hardened toe Block/Box that contain a lesser amount of material and paste. The Wings can vary in shape and hardness depending on the style of pointe shoe or the dancers preference.

Pointe Shoe Overview

The following styles of pointe shoes are available at Bloch.

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Foot Shapes

Pointe Shoe Width

How to darn pointe shoesBloch pointe shoes are available in up to four different widths.

Bloch pointe shoe widths can be identified in three different ways depending on the style. Some of the earlier developed styles denote widths with the A, B, C, D, E format and the later styles with either X or Y formats. With the different styles, widths and sizes available, Bloch offers over 1000 variations of pointe shoes.

Pointe Shoe Conversion Guide

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This is a guide only to the fitting sizes since Lasts vary in shape, length and the width of foot needs to be taken into consideration.