The arch support in the Bloch pointe shoe goes through a special shaping process that lets the shoe to provide support where it is needed while still enabling the dancer to roll through and move freely.
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.
Listed below are the available pointes in Danse Boite Inventory. Click on the links to read more about each pointe shoe. If you would like to order, simply select the type of pointe shoe from drop down menu on this website and click on the "Add to Card" button. If you're done with your shopping, simply click the "Check Out" button from your shopping cart found at the top right corner of your screen. Fill out the form and this will send an email to us regarding your order.
ALPHA - Paste 'B'
(if you would like to get something custom made, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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. 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
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.