Our original U shape: the metatarsal, midfoot, and heel are generously cut.
For a pointe shoe to look, feel, and function just right it must be fitted just right. Our ingenious fitting system lets every dancer obtain that professional, customized fit — no special order required.
You get to determine the seven crucial specifications that govern fit: model, length, width, box, shank, vamp, and heel. Please take the time to understand your options.
1) Our shanks and boxes don’t soften. Any shoe that is too stiff could do the work for you and allow you to cheat. Be sure you love the pliability of your shoes when they are new because it will not change.
2) Our satin hardly stretches at all — allow a little extra length (1/4″ pinch at the drawstring casing when en pointe).
3) If you’re new to Gaynor Minden, or if your current fit could be better, try Gaynor Mindens without toe pads. Starting a fitting without pads allows for a much more supportive fit, and once this is achieved most dancers find they don’t need toe pads in our shoes because the linings are already cushioned.