Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


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I Think I’m in Love…Again.

Well guys. It’s happened….again. I think I’m in love with my new Grishko’s. One hour and I’m sold. Lol. I think this relationship is destined to be a rocky one though. As much as I’m loving how the shoes fit my feet, how they feel, how they support me, and how nice my feet look in them…rolling through demi pointe is nearly impossible. I learned this the hard way when trying to execute pirouettes in center on Monday. Even my teacher realized how difficult of a time I was having. I just kept trying though. That’s all I really can do. We work our feet pretty hard at the barre, so I know I’m going to break these in soon. After some research though, I’m learning that having a strong, more stiff demi pointe area on this shoe is what makes it such a good, reliable shoe. What this means for me?? A lot of foot strengthening is going to be happening! It feels so good to be working the shoe again. I love how my Gaynor’s felt too, just couldn’t get the fit right. Even with a hard shank I was wearing through them too quickly. And specially ordering them every time I need them is just too much.

So, needless to say, my first class with my new Grishkos was mostly a success. I’ve ordered some new toe pads that will hopefully help. I got the Pillows for Pointe Extra Long gellows. They have a longer padding area that covers the bunion and pinky toe area better. Yay!! I also ordered a new shirt. I couldn’t help it. Anddddd I also ordered this little stretching system thing to maybe help me stretch more?! We shall see.

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The I-Flex Jr.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!! 🙂


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Cat got new shoes!!

Well I’m happy to say that curiosity didn’t kill the cat!! This cat ended up buying a new pair of pointe shoes!!! So maybe that does mean the curiosity killed me?!? Hah!! The awesome owner of the store was my fitter, and man does she do a great job!! We tried on several pairs of Blochs, none of which I was completely happy with. We then tried on Grishko 2007’s. I was a little uneasy at first, but I ended up liking them. She agreed with me that my Gaynors just weren’t cutting it. I needed more of a tapered box and because my feet are so big Gaynor doesn’t make a box 3 in my size. So I was very sad to hear this. She also cringed at the fact that I was wearing a supple shank. She said those did not offer me any where near the correct support that my feet require. She told me I have very strong feet and need something that is going to support my arch. I completely agreed and gave the Grishko shoes a chance. The Grishko ProFlex was not even an option for me because of how the shank is already broken in. It’s not strong enough for me. The 2007 was a good fit. The shank is a Medium. I’m a little concerned at how stiff the shoe feels, but was assured I will easily be able to break it in. It was so weird having a traditional pointe shoe back on. My feet were definitely sore from not having a “normal” shoe. While I will sadly miss how comfortable the Gaynors are, I’m excited to really work my feet again. I hope I don’t tear them up too much. I actually like my feet lol! I thought about trying to special order a pair of Gaynors, but the lady who fitted me said they typically cannot accommodate my type of order. They just don’t have the molds for it. So who knows. All I know is I’m excited, yet nervous to try my new shoes. I have class tomorrow, so I’m very anxious!! My teacher really liked the way they looked on my feet, and so did the girls from my studio who were with me. I’m also going to try using a toe spacer, as recommended by my fitter and another fellow ballet blogger. It’s so nice to have this community of support when you have questions and problems like this! It’s nice knowing you’re not alone in this battle! So thank you!!

In other quick news….

I’m back and running!! Yay!! I successfully ran 7.3 miles this week with no calf pain or problems! I had just a little residual tightness that my neighbor massaged out for me. I’m so excited. It feels so good to be running again. I’m loving my Brooks running shoes. They are a perfect fit for me. I’ve started my training for my first half marathon too. Taking it slow and easy!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I did 🙂
Here’s a picture of my new pointe shoes!

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Grishko 2007
Size 7 XXXXX
Medium Shank


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Curiosity Killed the Cat

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You know the saying….curiosity killed the cat. Well, tomorrow I will be said cat. Even though my Gaynor’s have been treating me pretty darn well, I can’t help but be curious. I have the desire to try on pointe shoes again. I know I’m probably crazy for doing this, but I just have to. Since I was fitted for my first pointe shoes, I’ve learned a lot about my feet. Who would have known there were so many details in your feet?!? My current pointe shoes, my Gaynor Mindens, aren’t really giving me too many issues. The only problem I’ve been having is pain on both my big toes again. This has caused me to start stuffing lambs wool in both shoes. It wasn’t bad at first, but now it’s driving me crazy. I’m having a harder time feeling the floor now. And it just starts to bunch up once my feet start sweating. Sigh. I don’t get blisters or any bruised toe nails, so I know I shouldn’t be complaining. But since getting to know how my little (or quite large) feet respond to being on pointe in different shoes, shanks, widths, etc. I’m curious to try on some traditional shoes. Luckily my teacher and a few girls from class are going tomorrow, so I will go with them! This will be the second time I’ve tried on pointe shoes with my teacher there with me. I’m excited! I’m excited to see the other girls try on shoes too. It will be fun. Who knows if I will find anything I like. Probably not, but who knows! 🙂


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Miko Fogarty

Miko Fogarty is a ballet student featured in the documentary “First Position” that came out a few years ago. She is an amazing dancer. Very, very talented and has her whole life ahead of her. I recently came across some newer videos of her performing at a competition in Moscow. This video in particular is my favorite. She performs “Esmeralda” and is simply flawless. If you like this video you should definitely check out her other ones from this competition. She is stunning in each one. I cannot wait to see where her career in dance will take her. Expect big things from this girl!!!!


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I’m Back!!

Well, hello there!! Sorry I’ve been quiet for a bit here. I’ve been oddly, crazy busy lately even though I don’t really remember what’s been going on!! Lol!! Not too much has been happening in the ballet world. We didn’t have class 2 weeks ago, but we had class last Monday, and oh boy was it a tough one!! My calves hurt and it was painful to walk until Friday. Four days of pain. Ouchie!!! But it was a good pain none the less. I absolutely love working on technique. It’s so difficult physically and mentally. I leave each week exhausted. We do 2 hours of ballet and then go straight into pointe for an hour. It’s a killer! I’ve been doing pretty well at the barre, at least I think so lol! We do some center combinations that’s usually involve some pirouettes. I’m happy to say that I actually was able to hit my double pirouettes on both sides! They weren’t perfect by any means, but I got around each time twice! Yay! I was very proud of myself. We then usually do turns across the floor which consist of chaînés, piqués, and soutenus(spelling?!). I’m pretty stable on my right side, but my left side is still really shaky. Just have to keep going!!

And then there’s the running. Oh, the running. The good news? I’m finally able to start running again. The bad news? I have to basically start at zero. Like one mile at a time. But I’m surprisingly ok with this. I’m at peace with it. It’s hard to take it slow, but it’s for the best. I’m going to slowly increase my mileage instead of jumping up in mileage. That’s how I got injured, and I definitely don’t want to get injured again. Speaking of my injury….it wasn’t all that bad. I had a huge knot in my calf. Like huge. And really deep. Thankfully my neighbor is a physical therapist and was able to do the active release massages on it. Man was that painful!! But a good painful. I was able to do 2 one mile runs this past weekend with no pain. I’m so excited! I’m now starting my training for the half marathon in October. I’m hoping things go ok! My husband and I also signed up to do a 2 mile fun run at a local bar towards the end of July. So excited! It’s our first race together too.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July here in the states! Summer is definitely in full swing! 🙂