I’m sure you’ve seen them, stacks of vibrantly coloured bags brightening up the dance shop, green, yellow, pink, blue and on rare occasions purple, but what do they mean? Quite simply the bag colour tells you how stiff the shank is for the pointe shoes contained within.
The Gaynor Minden shank comes in 5 levels of stiffness: Hard, Extraflex, Supple, Featherflex and Pianissimo and you can tell at a glance what stiffness the shank is for a pair of Gaynor Mindens by the colour of the drawstring bag they are in.
To give you an idea of what they would feel like compared to normal pointe shoes the Gaynor Minden hard shank is comparable to brand new pointe shoes
The Gaynor Minden extraflex shank is comparable to slightly worn pointe shoes.
The Gaynor Minden supple shank pointe shoe is comparable to broken in pointe shoes.
The Gaynor Minden featherflex shank is comparable to pointe shoes that are wearing out.
The Gaynor Minden pianissimo shank is comparable to pointe shoes that are worn out, and are worn by only a select few so are not that common in your local dance shop.
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