Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Apr 5, 2011

The Care and Keeping of Pointe Shoes

(For Megan)

Taking care of your pointe shoes is pretty simple. When you have them sewn to your liking and have flexed the shank to fit your feet, the only thing to worry about is keeping them off the ground to avoid unnecessary wear and plus it makes them more dirty. When I'm done with my pointe shoes I hang them on the coat hooks that we have in our dressing room. (No one actually uses the hooks for coats)

Yes, that is an actual picture of our company dressing room :)

Do NOT put them in a bag or confined space after you use them. You want them to breathe so the moisture they have absorbed can be released and this will prolong their "life".
You'll know when you need new shoes when they are no longer supporting you. Dancers with extremely strong feet can wear shoes longer as they don't require as much support from the shoe.

How long your shoes last greatly varies depending on how much you dance, the brand of shoe and how much your feet sweat. (Mine sweat a LOT which deteriorates them even faster) During the summer sometimes I even put a rack in the dryer, lay my pointe shoes on it and literally dry my pointe shoes. (The point of the rack is so they don't tumble) If you need your pointe shoes to be harder, you can use something called Jet Glue that hardens them right up from the inside. But I'll warn you, this stuff is EXTREMELY powerful and a little goes a long way. Be careful because you can literally glue your fingers together!

Thanks for reading!
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  1. can you do an article about how to clean point shoes?

  2. Unfortunately there is not really a way to "clean" pointe shoes. Once they're dirty... They're dirty. So sorry! :(

  3. Do you have any tips for keeping the heels of pointe shoes on? Sometimes when I dance I have problems with the heel being to loose and it tends to slip off my foot.

  4. Hi BallerinaBlogger!! I was wondering if you could do a post on what you keep in your dance bag?? I love to hear what others keep to help me be better prepared!Thank you so much!

  5. Sure thing Julie :)
    I actually have four performances this weekend and afterwards I'm going on vacation so I'll probably need to work on it after I get back. Stick around until then though!

  6. Did you know that you can make your shoes last about twice as long with Hot Stuff glue? There are a lot of different products that dancers use to harden their pointe shoes, but top ballet companies like New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and others use Hot Stuff because they have found Hot Stuff is the most effective and saves the most money on their shoe budgets. If you would like to know more, you can see our video on Youtube made by Maria Chapman of Pacific Northwest Ballet- just search for pointe shoe glue. or on our website at http://www.caglue.com/Pointe-Shoe-strengthening_ep_56.html.

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