How Gaynor Minden pointe shoes save you time and money

How Gaynor Minden pointe shoes save you time and money

The rather sad image above of hundreds of “dead” pointe shoes is a screen shot from an excellent video made by Altin Kaftira in 2005, shot in the Freed factory in London and in the studios of the Dutch National Ballet.

The video shows the life of a pointe shoe from being made in the factory, being delivered to dancer Yumiko Takeshima who sets about the routine of breaking the shoe and to the all-too-soon moment when the shoe is cast away. (Yumiko Takeshima is a former principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet)

This video highlights the ages-old routine of breaking the pointe shoes, in this case by bashing them against a wall, hitting them with a hammer, snapping the shank in two, and stitching on a new platform. It beggars the question “Why do dancers have to break in pointe shoes?”. Well of course the answer is “If you buy Gaynor Minden you don’t!”. Gaynor Mindens are ready to dance in as soon as you buy them!

It reminds me of a poster that is displayed in the Dancemania shop, created by Zoe, that compares the cost of Gaynor Mindens against standard pointe shoes in terms of money and time. Here is the comparison:

Standard Pointe Shoes

1) Average shoe cost: upto £48
2) Gel toe pads: £15
3) Darning cotton and needles: £6.20
4) Mesh pointe shoe bag: £4.00

PLUS Time spent darning pointe shoes and breaking in

TOTAL : Upto £73.20

Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

1) Shoe cost: £78
2) Gel toe pads: Not needed
3) Darning: Not Needed
4) Pointe shoe bag: Free

Ready to go from purchase!

TOTAL : £78

Gaynor Minden pointe shoes last longer

In fact, tests* show that Gaynor Minden pointe shoes last 3-5 times longer than standard pointe shoes. So buying a pair of Gaynor Mindens could save you buying up to 5 pairs of standard pointe shoes, and that means big savings of money and more time to dance.

*Scientific study performed in American Journal of Sports Medicine (Vol. 26, No. 4)

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    Dear Friends:

    Wishing you the best, let me introduce myself. My name is Marcos Valle López and I am the director of the non-profit Arabesco Dance Academy in the northern city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Central America. The reason why we are addressing you is to request a donation or sponsorship to pointe shoe, slippers, etc. for our students.
    We started operating as a non-profit dance school a few years ago, hoping to interest the people of Matagalpa and surrounding area in the fine art of dance. My wife and I have been struggling along, doing our best to train young people and we haven´t received any support from the government and very little from private enterprises. We live in a time of recession in our economy, so funding has been scarce and disperse. Nevertheless, we have continued along trying to establish a series of events and courses through all these years.
    We have had help from very few entities and through international aid programs, but mostly we have had to do things on our own. In our country it is very difficult holding on to a sponsor or even asking for aid for one single event because in this country musical events and boxing shows gather more attention. Among our projects we want to expand our educational system for children into rural areas, where little attention has been paid to the cultural formation of youngsters and adults alike.
    Hoping that our request be accepted, we shall be in contact and we thank you for this opportunity.
    More information about us:


    Lic.Marcos Valle Lopez
    Director of Arabesco Dance Academy
    Graduated in the National School of Ballet – Habana, Cuba

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