POINTE SHOES SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALLY FITTED - ONLY ORDER IF YOU ARE CERTAIN OF YOUR EXACT STYLE, SIZE AND WIDTH OF SHOE.
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES WILL BE GIVEN ON POINTE SHOES FOR CHANGE OF MIND OR INCORRECT SIZE SELECTION.
IF YOU FIND YOUR SHOE IS OUT OF STOCK PLEASE CALL OUR STORE ON 07 3881 1669 OR EMAIL INFO@STEPBYSTEPDANCEWEAR.COM.AU. WE MAY BE ABLE TO SOURCE ONE OR ADVISE HOW LONG THIS SHOE WILL BE ON BACKORDER FOR. WE MAY ALSO BE ABLE TO HELP YOU FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SHOE.
Gaynor Mindens last 3-6 times longer than traditionally made pointe shoes. The parts that provide support for the dancer, the shank and toe box, are made from advanced flexible polymers. These are modern materials, not the 19th century paste and cardboard construction found in most other brands.
The buoyant support that you feel in the new shoe will remain the same throughout its life; that’s why it’s so important to select a stiffness that feels perfectly broken in when new — they do not soften with use. We offer FIVE stiffness options for stock shoes, and additional options by special order.
Our polymers are a type of synthetic material prized for extraordinary flexibility, strength, and resilience. They are neither rubber nor fiberglass. The ones we use are also found in medical devices such as prosthetics, and in a wide range of athletic equipment. Gaynor Mindens have been tested to withstand hundreds of thousands of relevés without any weakening or deformation of the shank or box. They can actually help promote correct alignment (see FAQ). Shanks are pre-arched for better support and a prettier line. However, the dancer must still work her feet in moving through the demi-pointe position.
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. Found the best fit but still want a little extra cushion? Try the box liner from our Fitting Kit.