Gillian Murphy who is a Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theater says, “As a professional dancer I’ve come to realize that what makes this art form truly magical is something beyond technique. Gaynor Mindens give me the added confidence to reach this next level. I know my shoes will be soundless, and fit perfectly. I go onstage ready to completely enjoy the movement and the moment.”
There are pro’s and cons to the Gaynor Minden pointe shoe, but I seem to find that the pro’s far outweigh the cons. The technology in building a pointe shoe has come a long way during the last twenty to thirty years. A pointe shoe has never been a comfortable shoe to wear and it has always been a painful experience to dance on your toes, but on trying on a Gaynor Minden shoe, I thought to myself that maybe I would have enjoyed and endured my pointe work days a lot longer if I had had a pair of shoes like these.
Most pointe shoes that you buy are hard and need to be broken in, by either working them in and strengthening the feet at the same time, or banging them on walls and closing them in doors. Gaynor Mindens are broken in and ready to wear when you purchase them and they also seem to keep their shape a lot longer than the conventional point shoes. Some say that the feet can grow lazy with the unbreakable shank, but an overly stiff shank can have the same effect. Dancers must remember to pull up out of their shoes, and if you feel you aren’t doing this, you need to try a softer shank.
These are some of the features of the shoe:
Elastomeric construction, which promotes correct and proper alignment of the foot, thus preventing injuries.
Foam and gel liners, toe tape and secure heel grippers that are sold and fitted with the shoe ensure an “almost painless’ experience on pointe.
Flexible shank with different heel and box shapes to fit all types of feet to perfection.
Urethan foam that absorbs impact and suppresses the noise that the pointe shoe generally makes on the floor.
Draw string on the side which disappears under the arch, which means no more sore spots on top of your feet anymore.
Should last up to five times longer than the traditional paste shoes, so although they are expensive initially, they will save you money in the long run. The first thing to go on the Gaynor Minden shoes is the satin covering, so make sure to protect the tips of your pointe shoes.
The benefits will therefore be obvious. You will be correctly aligned in your Gaynor Mindens, thus reducing the risk of injury. You will also be a lot more comfortable and confident in these shoes, and hating your pointe work classes will soon become a thing of the past.