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Pointe Shoe Fitters Reference Fitting Gaynor Minden pointe shoes is logical and easy to learn. As in fitting conventional pointe shoes: ã You never fit with “room to grow.” ã The toe box must be snug. (Reason: a shoe that is too big cannot provide proper support.) Unlike fitting conventional paste shoes: ã You allow 1/8” to 1/4” pinch (at the top of the heel by the drawstring casing) when on pointe. (Reason: our satin does not stretch as much as conventional satin does.) ã You select a shoe sti
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  Fitting Gaynor Minden pointe shoes is logical and easy to learn. Asinfittingconventionalpointeshoes: ãYou never fit with “room to grow.”ãThe toe box must be snug. (Reason: a shoe that is too big cannot provide proper support.) Unlike fittingconventionalpasteshoes: ãYou allow 1/8” to 1/4” pinch (at the top of the heel by the drawstring casing) when on pointe.(Reason: our satin does not stretch as much as conventional satin does.)ãYou select a shoe stiffness that will never change; there is no “breaking in” or softening.(Reason: our shanks and boxes are elastomeric; they never weaken.)ãA Gaynor Minden “size” consists of six variables; length is just one of them. You specify all six. Pointe Shoe Fitters Reference 1.Determinelength. ãStart with a length one size longer than the dancer’s U.S.street shoe size.ãDemi-plié, deeply on one leg. The big toe should just touchthe end of the shoe. Pressure on the big toe indicates alength too short or a box too wide.ãStand on pointe. You should be able to pinch 1/8” to 1/4”of material at the top of the heel by the drawstring casing.If you can pinch more, try a half size shorter. If you cannotpinch any material at all try a half size longer. 2.Determinewidthandbox. ãWidth is measured between the edge of the box and theside seam. Minimize bagginess and gaping at the sides of the shoe by using the narrowest width that still allows thefoot to slide into the box.ãThe box should be snug and its appearance smooth. Itsedge should neither dig into the big toe joint nor endabruptly just below it causing the joint to bulge. If necessary, try a larger box or a wider width. If you changeto a wider box, try it first with a box liner to ensure a snugfit; remove the liner if the box is still too tight.ãIf the dancer’s forefoot is narrow try the #2 box, if averagethe #3, if wide (and square) the #4. A compressible footoften requires a smaller box.   length ¦   1/8”-1/4” pinch at drawstring casing   width Same box, different widths. # 2 # 3 # 4 box Narrow & Tapered Medium WideTo ensure proper support and to prevent bruised toenails,do not fit Gaynor Mindens too wide.  4.SelectHeel. ãHigher heels help keep the shoe on the foot.Lower heels make for a smoother, less baggy fit. 5.ConsideraSleekfit. ãIf the box fits correctly but the sides and/or heel arebaggy, try a Sleekfit. They are available in most sizesbut usually require 1/2 size longer length. Sleekfits areideal for dancers with narrow heels. 6.Finetunethefit. ãAdd box liners and/or toe cushions to relieve pressureon toes. Add heel grippers to minimize bagginess atheels and to help keep the shoe on the foot. 7.Re-check! ãPads and cushions, especially large ones, affect fit.Re-check the fit with all cushions in place.ãRepeat the deep demi-plié test and the pinch-at-heeltest after every adjustment and one last time beforesewing on the ribbons. 3.Selectstiffnessandvamp. ãThe shank should be stiff enough to allow thedancer to maintain correct, comfortableplacement on pointe, but pliable enough toachieve a high demi-pointe easily. Be sure theshank is sufficiently flexible!ãLonger vamps add support. Vamps should alwayscover toes completely–no visible cleavage.ãUsually, a highly arched foot requires a longervamp and/or a stiffer shank.ãIf the dancer feels “held back,” try a more pliableshank and/or a lower vamp. If she is “going overtoo far,” try a stiffer shank and/or a higher vamp. sleekfit Reg or High SleekHeel HeelSleek orRegularHeel vamp & heel ¦   ¦ High Heel ¦ ¦   Deep or Sleek VampRegular Vamp Please note Sleek Heel comes only with Sleek Vamp   Flexible ankle& high instepHigher vampwould help preventfoot from“popping out” Going Over Too Faror “Knuckling” Too muchbend here,shank toopliable Pulled Backor Can’t “Get Over” Enough Not enoughbend in shank,too stiff Less flexibleankle &moderate instepLower vampwould help CONVENTIONALGAYNOR MINDENBrand New =“HARD”Slightly Worn =“EXTRAFLEX”Broken In =“SUPPLE”Wearing Out =“FEATHERFLEX”Almost “Dead” =“PIANISSIMO” SHANK STIFFNESS       ®       ®       ® 3-121-22 code Box Shank VampHeel BoxlinerToe Cushions Questions? Contact us:www.dancer.comFax: (212) 929-4907Phone: (212) 929-0087
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