Tuesday, June 22, 2010
How Ballet Dancers Make their Pointe Shoes Last
Pointe shoes are not cheap, so it is no wonder that ballet dancers are always looking for ways to prolong the life of their pointe shoes, so that their pointe shoes can last a little longer. When I was young we used to site for hours and darn the platforms of our pointe shoes to try and make the satin last. Nowadays, ballet dancers have a choice of wonderful products to do the same job for them.
The best known way to make pointe shoes last is to have a second pair available. The longer that you let your shoes rest in between uses the better. In this way they are able to air out and harden back up.
Try to keep your shoes in a net bag rather than in your dance bag, so that they can dry out properly after use. These bags are available online at the ballet boutique.
Another thing that helps to make your point shoes last is wearing tights, as sweaty feet are detrimental to the longevity of your pointe shoes, and at least your tights will absorb some of the moisture.
Another method that I have heard of is to use shellac or Mop & Glow floor cleaner. A capful is poured into the box of the shoe, then use a paper towel to blot the excess and leave to dry overnight.
I have also heard of dancers who put their pointe shoes in the oven, but I have never been brave enough to try that one out. I just couldn’t bring myself to risk burning and spoiling that beautiful satin.
Any other ideas for making your pointe shoes last?