Ballet Pointe Shoes - Broken Toe Box

by Averydancer15
(Dallas, TX)

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Broken Toe Box

I got new pointe shoes (my 2nd pair) a few days ago and the fit great. When my mom came in to show me how far she had gotten with sewing them I noticed the toe box was very broken. I can't stay up on point because it is completely broken and I fall down. They even feel weird when I walk or just stand in them! I don't know what to do because the are expensive and I don't want to have to buy new ones when I JUST got those!


Reply by Odette
To:- Ballet Pointe Shoes - Broken Toe Box


Thank you for your message, it’s great to hear from you. I’m sorry to hear about your broken pointe shoes! I know how frustrating that must be since they certainly are not cheap. It seems strange how they broke very quickly without you wearing them, as you definitely want to prevent this happening for next time. Perhaps they mis-shaped on the way home after you bought them? Even though pointe shoes look strong and sturdy, they can change shape if you don’t make sure they are carefully packaged when you carry them around. If it’s too late to return them to the shop, you may be able to gain the strength in the toe box by using a product called shellac. This is a special dance supply which you can find on most dance shop websites online. Basically it is a liquid which is used by nearly every professional ballet dancer to extend the life of the shoe. You just pour or brush (with an old paint brush) where you need the shoe to harden and leave it at least 24 hours to dry. You will see a significant difference in the strength so the shoe supports you more. It may just save your new pointe shoes! If not, maybe try a different brand next time like Bloch which I know can be more sturdy and last longer. I hope this helps!

Best wishes,

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