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Demipointe Shoes How Long Do They Last?

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AdventurerMom

My daughter had her first demipointe class yesterday. As she smiled and headed into class with her first pair of ribboned shoes in hand I was wondering, how long do demipointe shoes last?

Google was no help at all, as it kept telling me about pointe shoes and how they lose support in the shank and box...but these shoes are shankless and they aren’t using them to go en pointe.

She’s wearing a Bloch Tensus Demipointe shoe if that makes any difference. 

Thanks in advance!

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Ballet6706

My DD is 13, but since no one answered ... my daughter wore her first pair at age 10. She wore them until she outgrew them - they did not die. I have never heard of pre-pointe shoes dying at amongst the kids/moms/friends at our studio - doesn't mean they don't. Hope that helps. 

 

ETA: The pre-pointe dancers only had class thirty minutes, once a week, on marley floors.

 

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AdventurerMom

Thank you for your response!  I was hoping she would grow out of them before they went. 😅

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skiptomylou

Seems like they’d be unlikely to die if worn for a short pre-pointe class a few times a week, but it is possible for them to wear out.  DD16 wears them for regular ballet classes (2 hour class 5-6 days a week), and they do eventually get holes in them!

 

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Victoria Leigh

It would definitely depend on how much they are used, but also on the quality of the floors in the studio. If they are Marley, that should help the shoes wear longer than a wood floor that requires resin.  

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Chibikko

This was what ours looked like within 2 months. It was originally a Bloch aspiration.

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AdventurerMom

Answering my own question in case any one is wondering later: 

Demipointe shoes lasted roughly as long as canvas ballet slippers. My daughter wore hers for twice a week 1:15 demipointe class for four and a half months before she flat out grew out of them. She had worn straight through the satin on the edge of the toes roughly after a month of consistent class use. Her teacher showed her how to use nail scissors to trim the flapping part of the satin so it wouldn't be a safety issue. Since the were for class not shows, they worked fine until she outgrew them.

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AnastasiaBeav

My DD's demi-pointe shoe fitter has her writing down the date and how long she wears her shoes each time. This way he will have an idea of how long her pointe shoes might last unless she grows out of them. 

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Balletmomtoaboyandgirl

My daughter wears demipointe shoes for an hour per week, and she definitely kills them. She has super flexible banana feet (she can get her heels and toes to almost touch when barefoot), and her feet have ruined the inside of the shoes to the point her teacher makes me replace them for safety reasons. They usually last 15 to 18 hours on Marley. She wears Bloch Tensus.

I already have a savings account specifically for pointe shoes. Her teacher tells me we will likely need a pair per every 7 to 10 hours of ballet because of her feet. 😠

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dancemaven

BAlletmomtoaboyalndgirl,  how nice the teacher warned you!  :D  DD had “those feet” and yes, for several years she went through a lot, and I mean a LOT of pointe shoes!  One 9-month period, it was 40 pairs of Freeds.  We kept three pairs going at a time in rotation to help prolong their lives.  The worst period was between 14 -16 years.  Her teachers said that as she gained strength, her shoes would last longer.  And they were right.  By the time she was 17-18, we could buy in bulk 12 pairs and those would last her most of a year.  We also found her requirements for custom shoes and once we had those worked out, they lasted longer.

So, it will be rough in the beginning, but just want you to know that there is an end to the pointe shoe faucet!  At the beginning, it was hard because she didn’t really know what she needed in a pointe shoe.  Each time she got things worked out with knowledgeable fitters, it helped.  Early on, no one paid attention to the fact that the shank was not conforming to her arch, so she was snapping it like a twig being held at two ends and snapped.

I recommend you start reading through the Pointe Shoe forum and see what all you will learn about shanks and highly arched feet. Best Wishes!

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Balletmomtoaboyandgirl

Thank you for this! We are lucky we live by a really well known pointe shoe fitter so I am hoping when the time comes we can get shoes that will last at least a little.

I am very thankful our teacher warned us. We are about 18 months out from pointe shoes (she's in demi because she takes the pointe class for her level but she's a little younger than the rest of the class so not ready for pointe), and I am already dreading the initial cost while she figures out what works for her feet.

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MoDance

Dancemaven, your post above is very helpful to me.  Thank you.

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