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Going through shoes like I go through toilet paper

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Hey my name is Jaime. I am new to the boards. :thumbsup:

I know you all go through this, whether on the scale I do I am not sure, and I was hoping that some of you would be able to give me some ideas. :wacko: I used to wear Grishko 2007s and in August I started going through them in 2 2hour classes. :sweating: ( I wear my pointe shoes for all my classes) I decided to switch shoes and ended up with the glisses. They are no better in terms of lasting, :blushing: but I've decided to stay with the because they make my feet look decent. Long story short I was hoping someone would have a tip on extending the wearing time to, say, 8 hours instead of 4.

Thanx a bunch! :unsure:

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Hello Jaime, and welcome to the Young Dancers' forum here on Ballet Alert! Online :thumbsup:


Making shoes last when you do all classes on pointe is very difficult, I'm sure. I imagine you have tried all the standard things, like Future Floor Wax, baking, etc.? Nothing will make them last a lot longer, however sometimes the wax will get you another class or two. There is more information about this on the Pointe Shoes Topics forum. Not sure if there has been anything lately, so you might need to open your browser to show all the topics, or at least back a few months.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of the consumable commodity! Pointe shoes are real leaders in this field, although they're never used as an index for consumer prices. Of course, ballet as we know it would be impossible without them, so some care is dictated in their use and storage.


A key statement here is "I wear pointe shoes for all my classes". If you do that, and use them AS pointe shoes, then of course they're going to disintegrate in rather short order. Better to wear old, dead shoes for class, and make them your technique shoes, and reserve the new, fresh pointe shoes only for pointe class or pas de deux, where pointe is de rigeur.


Between wearings, make sure that the shoes dry completely, and that you don't keep them in your dance bag. They have to air out, unwrapped.


Of course, there are ways to make pointe shoes last practically forever:


1) Don't use 'em.


2) Bronze them before you wear them.


Of course these expedients are absolutely useless for dancing, but the shoes WILL last! :)

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