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How Long Do My Pointe Shoes Last?

Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

If you want to get the most out of your Pointe shoes you must ensure that you store them correctly after using them. Your Pointe shoes react to the heat of your feet, so when you wear your Pointe shoes, they gradually soften and mould to your feet. So after you have worn your shoes you need to cool them down again so that they harden.

To do this you must NEVER put them in a plastic bag, you should always take your toe pads out of the shoes, and avoid leaving your Pointe shoes in your dance bag. Instead you want to find a cold dry place to hang your shoes, so that the air can circulate around them and thoroughly dry them out. You should hang your shoes for 24-48 hours.

If you are dancing more than twice in a week then you should consider buying two pairs of Pointe shoes, so that you can alternate them as you dance, and reduce the wear on each pair of Pointe shoes, this will really help with looking after your Pointe shoes, as it will give sufficient time for each pair of shoes to dry out and harden.

Depending on many factors you should be looking at your Pointe shoes lasting for about 6 months to a year. If it is less than 3 months then you need to take them to a fully qualified Pointe shoe fitter, to see if they can identify what caused such a short lifetime, and hopefully avoid this re-occurring.

If it is your first pair of Pointe shoes then you should book an appointment at a fully qualified and reputable Pointe shoe fitter, they can explain everything you need to know about the shoes you are fitted with, they can answer any questions you may have, and help you overcome any concerns.

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