Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


Ballet Shoe Review- Part 1

Well hello there!!! It’s been awhile since I reviewed any ballet products. A few months back I received an email from a gentleman named Tim Heathcote. If you’re wondering who he is, he’s the CEO of the company MDM. They are a ballet gear company based out of Australia. Last year, I bought a pair of their new ballet shoes to try out. You can read all about them here. I was not happy with them and did not give them a good review. Soooooo fast forward to a few months ago and this email. Mr. Heathcote had read my review and wanted to send me a new-not-yet-available ballet shoe. What?!? Me?!? I couldn’t believe he had found my blog and reached out to me. I was super excited to receive these shoes. I had really high hopes for them. After all, I really did like the concept of the arch support in the shoe. I just wasn’t really crazy about the canvas material. Unfortunately, he only had this sample shoe in canvas to send me, so I figured I would still give them a try. Here are the pretty shoes!! They even came in their own little fancy box and dust bag. Loved it!!




When I first put them on, I was in love. I loved how they fit and how they felt. The color of these shoes was much better than their first version. The arch seemed to really contour against my foot. I did a couple tendus at home and put them in my dance bag. I was excited to try them out in class. When we started doing tendus at the barre, I kept feeling my foot dragging, more so than it normally does. I also noticed in the mirror that it didn’t look like I was pointing my feet as well as it should. I was so disappointed!! I looked closer at the shoes on my foot and realized what the problem was. The shoe fit perfect everywhere, except right at the tips of my toes. There was extra fabric beyond my toes that was responsible for making my foot feel like it was dragging. It’s not too much fabric that I would need to go up a size, but just enough that it gets in the way. I think it’s because my foot is more tapered than the shoe is made for. If I had a wider foot with even toes it might fit better. I was so sad!! I really, really, liked these shoes and wanted them to work!! I think I’m just more of a leather shoe kind of girl. The canvas shoes just always feel so baggy on my feet. I never like how my feet look in them. I’m guessing if I got this newer shoe in their leather version, it would be perfect! I don’t think they are even for sale yet.

Here’s a few pictures of them:





See how when I point my foot the shoe gets all wrinkly??

Overall these are great shoes. I love the color, the fit around the arch and heel, the arch support, the elastics come pre-sewn, and I love the little bag they come in. I know if this shoe was made in the leather version, with drawstrings to tighten the shoe, they would be perfect for me. My tapered feet need those drawstrings!! Hah!! When this shoe becomes available for sale, I would recommend trying it out. I’ll have to update you if I see them online!

Stayed tuned for another ballet shoe review. I think I finally found a good pair for my feet!!
Until then, happy dancing everyone!!! 🙂


New Ballet Shoes = No Bueno

Nothing sucks more than finally getting the long awaited package in the mail with your new ballet shoes to only open it up, try them on, and not like them. I came across these new ballet shoes from a newer company known as MDM. They came into the market in 2011 I believe. Their new, one of a kind shoes, are made with a type of arch support system in them. They come in either canvas or leather. I ordered the canvas because that’s what I’ve been dancing in. One of the only reasons I switched from using leather shoes to canvas ones was because of the metatarsal pain I was getting in the leather ones. I put these no slip ball of foot cushions in my old leather shoes to help with the pain, but it didn’t cure it all the way. So I decided to try a canvas shoe on the recommendation of LB. I now currently wear Bloch Adult “Pro-Elastic” shoes. Ever since I got them I haven’t had any metatarsal pain. I don’t even need to put in cushions. Awesome, I know, right?!

So then my curious little self came across these new canvas shoes. I told LB all about them and we decided to both give them a try. I sadly did not like them from the moment I put them on. For a company that is run by ex-professional dancers you think this shoe would have been better. First off, the color is ugly. They are so light pink they almost look white. Gross. They were a little tight on me, but the next size up would have been too big. I tried to dance in them one night at class only to find that they stuck to the ground. I did not like them. The built in arch support is nice, but the shoe’s overall look is just not going to cut it for me. Since I only danced in them once, for about 30 minutes, I’m most likely going to try to sell them on eBay. I was very disappointed in them. They did nothing to make my feet look better than my current shoes already do.

Here are the cushions that I have used in the past in my ballet shoes. I highly recommend them!


Here are the MDM Canvas Ballet Shoes. At least they came with a cute little satin dust bag??


    What type/brand of ballet shoes do you wear?
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