for choosing, tuning and care

by ballerina Angela Reinhardt










Ever since I was a ballet student, I have always been fascinated by the idea of being able to dance on pointe, in hovering perfection.  In order to be able to dance "perfectly".
I spent a lot of time looking for the "perfect" shoe. I was constantly experimenting with different ways of tying, sewing and changing my shoes.  I tried out different makes and styles of shoes. I wanted them to be less painful, wanted my feet to look more beautiful, to show off my instep to better advantage, to improve stability, to reduce the noise of the blocks – an endless list of wishes. I asked my teachers, I got together with other students to operate on my shoes.  We literally dismembered the shoes until all the component parts lay before us in our attempts to find out at last the secret of the "perfect" pointe shoe.

During my dancing career I adopted the tricks and methods of other ballerinas, and tried out many modifications together with the shoe­makers.  I was still hoping that one day I might perhaps find the "perfect" shoe for me.  I was never entirely satisfied; there was always something to cut, to sew or to improve.

This book is meant to provide you with the craftsmanship which can help you adjust your shoes in the best possible ways to cope with varying conditions. I would also like to share with you some of my experience of precautions to safeguard your health, and offer some guidance for helping yourself.  You’re almost certain to find a couple of helpful suggestions.

 Angela Reinhardt


pointe shoes, tips and tricks / welcome