Guide to Freed pointe shoes

I have received a few questions from readers with a request for advice about ordering Freed pointe shoes. I understand that this brand can be difficult to access, while it is the ideal shoe for most ballet companies and vocational schools. So, I've decided to put this guide post together. Choosing a shoe It is…

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My pointe shoes!

I have had quite the journey with my pointe shoes...I have worn Capezios, Grishkos, Bloch, Suffolks, and Freeds; and a handful of different styles within each of them. I count my pointe shoes (to hold me accountable for how many pairs I use...it is a good but painfully guilty exercise), and I am on pair…

Freed Pointe Shoe Experience

There are lots of rumors surrounding pointe shoes - most of them criticize modern brands such as Gaynor Minden, and also brands that are designed to help boost a dancer’s technique without them working hard for it. I recently tried Freed pointe shoes for the first time.  A professional Freed fitter was visiting my ballet…

Pointe Shoes: “I Can’t Get Over My Box”

So, what is holding you back from getting over your box in your pointe shoes? The immediate answer that most will assume is a lack of good or flexible feet. It is true that flexible ankles are important to pointework, yet it might be the type of shoe that you’re wearing and other fine criteria…

Pointe Shoe Decisions for Beginners

Hey everyone!  Today we discuss pointe shoe options for en pointe beginners. The controversy of this topic lies in whether or not newbies to pointe should wear harder or softer shoes.  I’ll look at both sides of the argument. The Types of Feet For reference later in this post, it will be helpful if you…

Pointe Shoe Sewing Threads

Today I am answering a question from one of my readers as a blog post! Don’t forget, you too can ask for advice here: If you have any ballet-related questions, just send an email to requests@gouletballet.com or visit our requests page at gouletballet.com/requests. The topic in this case is pointe-shoe sewing threads and the differences…