I took my first pointe class since the summer holidays this week. I was both excited and a bit apprehensive because I would finally be wearing my new gaynors to class.
The only time I put them on previously was to make sure the ribbons and elastics were sewn in the right place.
I didn’t want to wear them too much because I didn’t want to dirty them..
However, even just putting them on for those few minutes felt a bit strange. I just assumed it was because I hadn’t worn gaynors or pointe shoes for a while.
However, as soon as I put them on in class I could tell that they just didn’t feel right. My big toes were hitting the box before I even got on pointe.
How could they be too small??
They are meant to be the same size as my old gaynors, except with satin tips. They have the new gaynor code, but why would that make a difference?
I persisted with them during the last bit of class but I felt a bit worried.
We did piques on pointe across the diagonal and I was a bit disheartened. There was a time where I was pretty good at doing them on pointe on my right hand side, but that feels like years ago now.
I won’t even talk about the left hand side.
After class finished I decided to play around with the padding in my gaynors.
I tried them in class with only my toe spacers and the box liner.
Then I tried taking out the box liner and putting in the bunheads pro pad.
Then, to my excitement, I noticed that the class that usually takes place in the other studio wasn’t happening for some reason. So I put on my gaynors and tried pique turns towards the mirror. I actually managed some decent ones on my right side. My left side was hit and miss.
I wish that studio was always empty!
However, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that these gaynors aren’t right.
What is really strange, is that when I got my very first gaynors I was fitted with those thick silicone toe pads. This kind:
I think mine had an even thicker tip than those pictured.
I remember when I decided to stop wearing that padding my gaynors felt biggish… so I started using lambswool and a box liner. All was good.
So what is the problem now?
Well, I contacted gaynor and this is what they wrote:
„We do routinely make small updates to the way our shoes are made, to make sure that the shoes are being made using the most current methods and technologies. Between the satin and suede tips, you shouldn’t feel a difference in the fit of the shoe, since the change is being made to the outside of the shoe. However, depending on when the shoes were made, there may be some slight production differences – but nothing that should really affect the fit of the shoes.“
She asked me to send her the codes underneath the fitting code to see if there were any changes in production.
I really feel like that if I was trying these on in the shop I would have gone up a half size.
I thought that was the point of gaynor… that you can get the same shoe and it will feel the same.
I noticed that the padding at the tip of my old shoes has been pressed down where my big toes were, so maybe if that happens to my new pair than they will feel ok.
Or… do I sell these? or try and see if gaynor will take them back?
Can I wash my old ones and wear them to class in the meantime. They really are too dirty looking to wear them to class at this point:
Plus I pancaked them.
Can I use sandpaper to get rid of the black off the leather?
I can’t remember if I admitted this in my blog anywhere. But I was browsing ebay a while ago and saw some gaynors in the size my fitter originally liked me in. They had a box 3…which I didn’t like. The only difference was that these shoes have a hard shank and I like the worn in shank.
I got them because they were cheap and I thought I could practice in them at home.
Although I never really used them to practice, I did experiment with them in terms of darning and pancaking.
Well, I decided to throw these ones in the wash to see what would happen. Maybe I can do this to my old class ones?
They came out of the wash a few minutes ago, and while they seemed to have survived, the pancaking didn’t budge. They also don’t look a whole lot cleaner…
I sent gaynor minden the codes of my old and new shoes, so I guess we will see what they say.
Have a great week!