Shoe Update

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I bought new shoes. Finally being realistic, my GMs were not sized correctly. I was having issues feeling my toes after a while and realized it was affecting my dancing. So now I have smaller thinner and narrower GM shoes. They fit like a glove.

I also was able to try a decent pair of Freeds that we’re not ginormous and made my feet look GORGEOUS. It was extremely hard to pull up and not fall forward.

I also bought some new feet accessories to protect my outside bunion. One of the big issues I have with shoes and special metatarsal supporting wings. Hate. Now with my jelly toes, I hopefully won’t get any more blisters on my right pinky toe.

I’m very tempted to get a pair of the freeds, they look so nice but break down so easily. Hopefully the GM will work wonders now that they fit.

My Dog’s toes smell like Fritos.

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Grishko 2007 Pro

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New shoes!! I used them Thursday and despite the obvious needing of breaking in to soften some mean spots, it otherwise is a wonderful shoe. Supports my arch, stays on my heel, is quiet when walking, stable when flat, platform is nice, fit is for the most part quite excellent!

I wore my Blochs at the end of class after wearing my Grishkos and my feet were nearly killed in them. No support for my arch the boxes felt huge compared to the grishkos, so much so that I was knuckling in them!

So now I have to mail back a back up pair of Blochs and order another pair of Grishkos. The life of a dancer.

To note there are some significant changes ahead of me that I cannot reveal yet. It’s not necessarily bad, it is a change though. I’ll be able to inform you better in January when all the holiday shows are over, and my vacations are over as well. And before anyone jumps to conclusions. It’s just my ballet schedule.

I’m trying to update more I’m just so frazzled with choreography.

You’re Dead to Me

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Out with the old, in with the new! My Bloch Axis I got in June on the left, and my new ones I just “broke” in on the right. Waiting for me to sew the elastic and ribbons in. I need them for tomorrow morning but I’m so tired. Ughhhhh… Wake up on time to get these done.

I was do frustrated with the old ones his evening because they wouldn’t support me at all. I was doing so poorly in class and I chalked it up to my shank being dead to me. It wasn’t like killer dead for some people, but for me it was enough to really affect how I danced especially away from the barre.

I’m now concerned about how long these will last, if long enough for nutcracker? Maybe not! I need to have at least two viable pairs of shoes for performance. I may need to look into a stronger shoe. I’m just not up to searching for another shoe right now. Bluhhh. Anyways, I should be sewing or sleeping right now!

Shoe Search cont.

Still forever on the search for shoes, I’ve gone through blochs (Axis, Suprima MKII, Jetstream) Chacott Veronese II, So Danca Cecilia Kerche Bayaderé. I’ve decided to chat about each one by themselves reviewing likes and dislikes with photos!

 

My ultimate frustration with my latest shoes, the So Danca and the Chacotts were different from one another. The So Danca didn’t fit my arch any longer so I felt I was supporting myself in my own shoe instead of the shoe doing it’s job. The Chacotts ended up being too supple and soft to support my foot when my foot warmed up and became very loosey goosey, completely disabling any sort of support. I was swinging my arms like an orangoutang trying to stay en pointe and to just do a simple sous sous, soutenu.

 

Since I had my Bloch Jetstreams lingering around doing nothing I decided to give them a try, break them in and see how I like them. They were for the most part supportive. Far more supportive than the So Danca and the Chacotts. They were very noisy since they didn’t have any noise cancelation like the Axis had, and I still have problems with the right shank skewing under my arch. I have since learned that if you have a skewed shank it means the shoe is too narrow for your foot. Oh.

The other problem with the Jetstreams was that despite my foot being winged you couldn’t tell because my foot was literally slanted in the shoe. So while I pointed my shoe was making it look like I was pointing straight ahead instead of winging off to the side. Which I’ve been working on… almost like a mad woman. Almost. It was to the point where my teacher was so disappointed in the appearance she grabbed my foot in a dégagé and tried to push it in a winged position only to realize I was already winged and that the shoe gave the illusion I wasn’t. Which she then exclaimed she didn’t like the shoes.

UGH. Agreed. They were not my favorite pair of shoes. I liked them a lot more because that had to have been the biggest platform I had every worn before. SO easy to balance opposed to my very tiny platforms.

I decided to give a go for the Gaynor Mindens. I did my thorough research on them before giving them a try again. My local dance store didn’t have the right sizing and it just wasn’t going well during fitting. They seemed to not be so sure what they were doing to much of my frustration. So today I ventured out to the one in the University area and they were a little more responsive to my questions and queries. Though when I brought up how rumpled the shoe looks on me she pushed that aside thinking it was only because of the look I was complaining about- even though reading the fitting guides and watching the fitting videos told me never to wear a GM shoe with excessive bulging and wrinkling.

The information by GM also talked about the extra fitting cushions. I called it a fit kit, and I’m not sure if that’s exactly it’s name, but…We decided to try a medium box despite my narrow foot since my foot was bulging in a narrow, and sinking in a large box. I was also amazed that every time I told them my street size, 7.5 they’d still pull down an 8, when GM says go a full size up to a full size and a half up from your street size. Either way, I ended up with a medium box and using the box liner to stop my from sinking. There was small slippage, but not grossly so. I’ll try them on again today with my teacher to see how she likes them on me. They are the sleek version. Sleek vamp and heel. I get teacher approval today I might be able to sew them up and use them for class on Friday… but I’m not positive just yet! We’ll see.

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My Dog decided to stretch right over them as I was taking a photo. Thanks, Dog. My # combo is 8.5M/3-211-33 if you’re interested! I got a softer shank because the standard version is very stiff. I don’t know if my teacher wants me to go softer. She likes us to perform in demi, and I do too. I like to have my demi mobility.

Still waiting for the OK to sew up these babies. I always recommend researching your shoes you’re interested in trying, their fitting guides if they have any, and being confident in how you wear your shoes, what your likes/dislikes are, and not being afraid to tell them you don’t like something and why. My Fitter today was asking if I was arguing over the bulging and folds because of just aesthetics and it wasn’t. Which I found insulting and ill informed of her. So… That’s why it’s GOOD to go with knowledge! Gives you POWER!

He-Man wielding POWER! Thanks bionicteachering.com

Nutcracker is looming

It’s nearly the end of September already! It has flown by substantially. I’m still adjusting to my new ballet schedule/life of 4 days of ballet and most of my days off from that are working with in betweens of minute social life, physical therapy, and that’s about it. MINUTE social life, I emphasize. I saw my friend for two to three hours with physical therapy in between. To say the least I’m feeling a little spent. Today was supposed to be my rare day I had no ballet and no work, but I decided to take a small shift for my boss on today and friday. Insert heavy sigh.

What I’m most concerned about is this Saturday is the auditions for our season’s Nutcracker! My teacher has been practicing particular steps in class to help us out and improve before the big morning. Tour jetés, balancé, waltz turns, sauté arabesques into balance turns. Just to name a few. My teacher still yells at me about my back- like I can make it stronger like she wants in a week. Then when I hold my back in my tour jetes I get yelled at for kicking my back leg too high. I CANNOT WINNNNN!!!

I think between now and auditions I need to relax as much as possible. Do practice what I can, but not stress myself over it. I’m not going to get any solo parts anyways, so there. Haha.

As for pointe shoes! I wore my bloch suprimas- which were hell. So I went back on the look and tried on Gamba but the 97 only come in a 3/4 shank but their’s did not feel… good enough. Too bendy for my arch. They also didn’t have my size and wanted to order me a pair and then I could try it and I wasn’t going to wait for that. I looked up pointe shoes on eBay to see what was out there and read up on the So Danca Cecilia Kerche pointe shoes made in Brazil. They were very informative about the fact they were made for Grecian feet with very narrow feet and heel and tapered toes. My God, that sounds like my feet! So I ordered the Bayadere pointe shoes in their narrowest size B and tried on the size 5 about 3 sizes down from my street size. They came, I tried on, I was amazed. Then wearing them in class for the first 5 minutes, I noticed that it felt suddenly too tight. Puzzled I moved to my soft shoes and researched online again and ordered a different model in a half size larger and a size up in width, C (because I couldn’t find the Bayadere in a 5.5 C). The Nikiya in 5.5 C was GINORMOUS. Significant difference when they described these shoes for a “medium” heel. I was swimming in that shoe and it did not feel comfortable at all. So now I have a pair of shoes I don’t know what to do with that don’t even come close to fitting me lol. So I tried on my Bayaderes again and decided to cut a small portion of my ouch pouch off and tried them on again- wa-la! It felt much better! I then had to scurry off to class only to realize I was freaking out for no reason because some how I was an hour off in my time and spent it sewing my soft shoes and pointe shoes. I still haven’t worn my Chacotts! So I’ll finish sewing them and see how they work out.

Show & Tell

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This is my ballet shoe bag! I’m finding I’d rather carry this bag by itself besides my large heavy gym bag but I often need the larger capacity. This is it’s contents!

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Bloch TMT Axis pointe shoes in 6X
Leo split sole airabesque soft ballet shoes in canvas
Silicone toe spacers
Bunheads toe pads, large with custom toe “caps”
Smiley toe tape and tiny scissors
And my Bunheads alignment belt hidden under my shoes

Questions?