The other day I watched this video that’s been making its way around social: how dancers from the Australian Ballet prepare their pointe shoes.
Maybe it’s because I’m one myself, but I’m always curious about other dancers’ pointe shoes. I wonder what brands they use, how they break them in, and any other rituals they have to make the shoes feel natural on their feet. It’s such a personal thing.
So I appreciated seeing what these three pros do. Take a look:
(As someone learning pointe as an adult
, trying to make up for lost time, I don’t have too much of my own pointe shoe prep process, yet. I sew my ribbons and elastics a specific way—from the base of the shoe—stomp on the box, and water the sides the first wearing or two, for flexibility.)
Other dancers: How do you prep your pointe shoes? Or if you do another sport or activity, what’s your ritual?