When you think of a ballerina you might visualise her with pointe shoes.
Pointe shoes were originally made to make the ballerina look flawless and weightless. To be on pointe gives the impression of being above the ground which looks magical almost fairy–like.
Just like anything you buy there are many brands that make the same product with there own differences. It is the same for pointe shoes, you have to go through many brands to find the one that fits you the best.
Now looking back, I may have tried all the brands available but out of all of them, I like the brand Bloch the best. It’s a famous brand from Australia which is the most comfortable for me as I feel like the shoe really supports my foot.
Here is a tutorial of how I prepare my shoes for the rehearsals and stage and for the ones’s who would be interested, the reference I use is Serenade.
The amount of sewing that is involved in preparing my shoes you could say that I could have a second carrier as a seamstress. The company provides my pointe shoes. Most of the time I can ask as many pairs of shoes as I need.
- To start out I need to sew ribbons and elastics. I prefer to have crossed elastics that support my foot because I had injuries in the past.
- Then I sew ribbons for the same reason, plus for the stage it’s always required unless it’s a request from the choreographer to not sew ribbons.
- After that you might think that they are ready to use, but before I would start wearing them I would have to « break them in ». Just like normal shoes, when you first wear them, they could cause you blisters or pain. To skip the painful process, I need to hammer the shank, break the insole with a cutter and remove the nail of the insole. All of those small details really make a deference as I work most of my days on pointe.
Pointe shoes are my tool of work so I need to prepare them to prevent injuries or unnecessary pain that would make me less productive.
Hope this small tutorial helped you to find new ways for feeling more comfortable on pointe or simply discover a new part of a dancer’s life.
XOXO, Alex Inside Motion.