Today was finally the day. I went to get fitted for new pointe shoes. My mom was also in town, so she came with me! I drove 40 minutes to this dance store that my previous dance store recommended since they didn’t have my size for my pointe shoes. I know, kinda weird. So I got there today and was paired up with a very sweet, pregnant woman. She was very knowledgable about fitting shoes and listened to the problems I have been having. She got up countless times to go back and forth fetching different sizes and styles. I really like her. She focused her complete attention on me and we were not interrupted once. I tried on 17 different pairs of pointe shoes. 17. It took 2.5 hours to get through all these. I tried on pretty much every Bloch shoe made, Grishko 2007s, Gaynor Mindens, and some other brand that I can’t remember the name of. The only shoe that fit well and didn’t cause any pain on my big toes was the Gaynors. It was like a match made in heaven. I even tried 4 different types on. I ended up getting a Size 11, Wide Box 4 in the Hard Shank with Deep Vamp and High Heel. I sewed my elastics on when I got home. The fitter at the store recommended I also sew in criss-cross elastics to help stabilize and control my feet, especially my left. Even with the hard shank, my left foot needs to be controlled. Crazy. My right foot just kind of goes along for the ride because of the problems with it. Once I put the criss-cross elastics in they fit perfectly. I could stand up en pointe all day in these shoes. I also got new toe pads. They are Gellows by Pillows for Pointes. They are like clouds and they are reversible. They made such a difference. I feel secure and strong in these shoes. I can roll through them beautifully and can hit my demi pointe great. I can turn with ease on the platform and can hit my passé on each foot great. I feel like these shoes were made for me. Let’s just hope that lasts!! I’m so excited to try these next week in the studio and show my teacher. I hope she likes them as much as I do. They make my feet look amazing. Squeeeee!!! I also got new ballet shoes. I opted to try the canvas type this time around. I got the same ones as LB, the Bloch Elastosplit. They feel cool, and can’t wait to try them out on Monday. My mom also bought me a new leotard as a Christmas gift. It’s so pretty! I will try to post a pic soon. The leotard that LB got me for my birthday finally came in too!! It’s a pretty halter type. I can’t wait to wear both of my new leotards!! So exciting!! Thanks LB and mom!!! 🙂
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.