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
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.
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
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.