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PBreaking In Your New Pointe Shoes.s...

Break In Instuctions ...................................

For all Bloch Pointe shoes


Bloch pointe shoe styles vary to accommodate the individual dancer. The varieties in each style include the shape of the shoe, the look of the shoe, and the making technique of the shoe. All these factors change the function of a shoe, which is why Bloch is able to provide shoes that suit many dancers. It is also important to mention that Bloch pointe shoes are made entirely from natural products. This allows the shoe to soften and eventually mould to a dancers foot. This also means, however, that the initial treatment of the shoe is crucial to it's life span. To get the best out of a Bloch pointe shoe, please adhere to the below techniques for " breaking in" the shoe. Technique A and Technique B, are very similiar. They differ due to two different paste types and two different construction techniques.


Break In Technique A

Break in technique A, applies to Bloch pointe shoes: SO130 Sonata, SO131 Serenade and SO132 Suprima. A little extra time needs to be taken to break in these shoe types. They are made with a harder paste than technique B and are therefore susceptible to "snapping" if treated roughly at first. Once broken correctly they have a long life span. Doing Barre is the best way to break in a pointe shoe. We understand, however, that you can't stand at the barre with a new pair of pointe shoes and expect to do a tendu..so the shoe needs to be prepared for barre by gently softening the shank and box by hand. Concentrate on the demi-pointe area of the shank, being careful not to crush the box. Then work your way up to the heel, gently massaging the shank until it is at a point where tendu and releve to demi-pointe is comfortable.

 

Softening the box is not always necessary and is left up to the individual. If softening is necessary, then concentrate on gently softening the sides of the box. Lots of dancers stand on the top of the box in order to soften and widen it. We advise that if you stand on the box, you need to concentrate the pressure on either side of the box center. This is important because the top center of the box is the weakest point and prone to damage if stood on. Once the shoes are ready for barre, 1 to 2 hours barre will be sufficient time to shape them to your foot. At this point the shoes will be evenly softened with no weak points resulted from incorrect breaking technique.


Break In Technique B

Break in technique B applies to Bloch pointe shoes: SO168 Signature Rehearsal, SO162 Signature Performance and SO100 Synergy. These shoes are made from a paste that is designed to soften when moisture is applied. The technique here is simple to understand. Follow break in technique A. After 1 to 2 hours barre the shoe will become moist and shape itself to the dancers foot. Once the shoe dries it will have set in the shape of the dancers foot. At this point it is possible to apply shellac to the inside of the block and shank. This will not only harden the shoe in its current shape, but also stop any more moisture entering the shoe, so we are left with a strong shoe, molded in the shape of the individual dancers foot on the inside, while leaving a quiet exterior.