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Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site

You have just bought new point shoes and you’re excited to use them. Before you do, check out these tips on care and maintenance of ballet point shoes to make sure your pointe shoes last.


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You’ve heard it a thousand times, but let me make it clear: never leave your wet pointe shoes in your dance bag! Not allowing them to properly dry will decrease the life of your expensive pointe shoes.

Many types of shellacs and glues are available for re-hardening pointe shoes. One in particular that I have heard of is called Fabulon, which can be purchased at your local hardware store or sometimes even through dance stores.

via Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site.

  • Did you know that you can make your shoes last about twice as long with Hot Stuff glue? There are a lot of different products that dancers use to harden their pointe shoes, but top ballet companies like New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and others use Hot Stuff because they have found Hot Stuff is the most effective and saves the most money on their shoe budgets. If you would like to know more, you can see our video on Youtube made by Maria Chapman of Pacific Northwest Ballet- just search for pointe shoe glue. or on our website at

  • evievlahxo

    It’s a good idea also to hang them somewhere where the air will help dry them. Having two pairs is a good idea because then each one can have a whole week to dry before using them again