Taking Care of Your Pointe Shoes
advice regarding how to care for your new ballet pointe shoes to ensure they have a long life
For centuries, people have enjoyed dancing as a form of art and entertainment. Ballet, one of the most commonly known and classical forms of dance is an old favorite of audiences throughout the world. Danced traditionally with dancers wearing either slippers or pointe shoes, the work of the feet in ballet is one of the most crucial parts of the dancer's world. If you are an aspiring dancer, the transition from basic cloth slippers to pointe shoes is a huge step and advancement in the training of your art. However, it is also a bit of a pricey advancement, as most brands and styles of pointe shoes start up at about fifty dollars, with prices increasing from there. In order to allow your precious shoes to have as long a life as possible, there are a few basic ways to care for them.
First of all, never store your shoes in a completely enclosed bag. Try to carry them to and from class in a mesh-style tote that will allow them to air out. This is important because it allows the shoes to air out, thus preventing any moisture/sweat staying in your shoe for too long after class. Carrying your shoes in such a bag will also aid in odor prevention/reduction for your pointe shoes. By allowing your shoes to thoroughly dry after every session, you can help the boxes of the pointe last longer. Additionally, you may wish to invest in a pair of cedar chip sachets to stuff into your pointe shoes. Just like air drying, these sachets will absorb possible moisture build up (faster than air evaporation) and will also aid in odor prevention. An added bonus of such cedar chip sachets is that not only will they prevent odor build up, but they may also make your shoes almost smell good!
As you dance more and more in your pointe shoes, you will find that the ends of the boxes will grow increasingly worn out and torn. The satin covering the shoes will rip away from the box, leaving the under cloth exposed. In order to prevent unnecessary additional ripping, use a small pair of scissors to cut off the loose/ripped fabric. This will hopefully help the rest of the shoe still look nice.
Just like your boxes, the ribbons of the pointe shoes will also become more and more worn down. In order to make them last longest, paint the ends of the ribbons with a quick coat of clear nail polish. This will keep the ends of the ribbons from having exposed threads that could cause a run in the ribbons. Also, when sewing on your ribbons to your pointe shoes, make sure that you sew the ribbons to the shoes in small stitches that outline the ribbons in a box; doing so makes sure that your ribbons are securely attached to your shoes and are able to resist much wear without any tear in the classroom.
Your pointe shoes are an investment; taking good care of them will benefit both you, your feet, and your wallet.