MY POINTE SHOE ESSENTIALS

Today I am going to be sharing with you all some of my necessities I use for ballet/pointe!  Also, you can follow along with some of my tips and tricks.  If some of you are not dancers, still feel free to read and see what a day in the life a dancer’s  feet is really like!

POINTE

I wear my pointe shoes about every day for at least 3 hours.  I am training at a local ballet school at the moment.  I wear Gaynor Mindens.  For those who might not know what these are; Gaynor’s are a newer type of pointe shoe that are made entirely out of plastic and foam, rather than the traditional pointe shoe.  Typically, most pointe shoes are made out of a paper mache, but Gaynor Mindens kind of changed that idea so that the shoe itself could last longer!  I do like them a lot, especially since Gaynor Minden has helped me create the my perfect shoe!!  I absolutely love that the shoe itself is quiet and most of all lasts a whole lot longer.  And they are so pretty, each time I sew a new pair of pointe shoes I feel like a princess!!  I feel like most ballerinas spend there whole career looking for the perfect shoe, almost like princesses in the fairy-tales!  The picture above is me wearing my Gaynor Mindens.  I really do like how they immediately shape to my foot and I can warm-up/roll through my feet nicely at barre while wearing them!  I have also tried Freed’s by Freed of London.  I loved the shape of the shoes, but they died after a day of rehearsals and I have not had the time to find another shoe just yet.  So, I am sticking with Gaynor’s forever and always!! Let me know what shoes you might wear and what your thoughts are!

I will show you a bit of what I wear on my toes!


Here are all the bandages and necessities I use. In the red pouch I have my Despicable Me, Minion Band-Aid and athletic tape! ;) I also use toe pads, which just give my toes an extra padding in the pointe shoe. Then, I have toe spacers, which I make myself using; padded foam moleskin, you can get this at Walgreens. Toe spacers are basically like adding another toe in between your big and second toe! Lastly, I use toe caps. These are great if you get splits on your big toe, like me!
Here are all the bandages and necessities I use. In the red pouch I have my Despicable Me, Minion Band-Aids and athletic tape! 😉 I also use toe pads, which just give my toes an extra padding in the pointe shoe. Then, I have toe spacers, which I make myself using; padded foam moleskin, you can get this at Walgreens. Toe spacers are basically like adding another toe in between your big and second toe! Lastly, I use toe caps. These are great if you get splits on your big toe, like me! Pretty much everything a football player uses, only difference is that it is all for the toes! 😉

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I have found that warming my feet up specifically before class always helps and it is a lot healthier for your body, even if it is simple!  It’s the little things that lead to great things!  I have a set routine that I do everyday before class:

20 rises onto demi-pointe

10 reps of windshield wipers with a thera-band

20 reps of pointing and flexing my feet with a thera-band

25 reps of caterpillars (for the arches)

Foot stretch

Achilles tendon stretch on half of foam log


Here is a video for a better look, I have listed everything above in order of the video: