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The "plastic" Grishkos: pros and cons

Posted by Inna 28/03/2017 0 Comment(s) Pointe Shoe Fitting,Pointe Shoe Brands & Models,

Penny's Grishko2007 ProFlexesPenny was one of my first customers. Back then, when she was 10 years old and a pointe beginner. Now she is 17, the boast of her dance school - because of her passion and hard work, not because of her physique. Penny’s arches aren’t flexible at all, thus we had to restrictively stick to Grishko Pro-Flex model. However, each time she comes for her next pair, we go through all the new models, so the last time she tried the Dream Pointe 2007.  She was thrilled of how her arch looked in the mirror, so did her teacher. Yesterday, though, she came back for her old and faithful Pro-Flexes:

-          You know, I won’t be using Dream, after all…
-          Why?
-          Hard to explain, they support me, but I always have this feeling I borrowed them from someone else. This shoe just does not break in!

 
Indeed. This is the very core of the plastic sole philosophy. When it comes to classic pointe shoes, you are so confident that they will change a lot within their first week in your feet. You always have this in mind, correct? The sole will soften in the demi area; the leather will bend just a bit and will “get used” to go where your heel is. On the other hand, when you go for Gaynors, or Dream, or DreamPointe 2007 or even Super Triumph, you have to bear in mind that the shoe will stay just “as is”.

It is not good or bad – it’s just how it works. When trying them on in for the first time, imagine that you have already had this shoe for a while, a month or so. If you are happy with it, then take it! It will last at least twice longer than any classic pointe shoe (the manufacturer insists on 3,5 times longer). Moreover, it does not require much preparation and the platform will stay straight and stable till the end, no matter how bad the floor of your studio is.
 
The construction
 
The distinctive detail of the “third generation” of Grishkos  is this joint shank & platform part, which looks like a very flexible semi-transparent spatula. The manufacturer calls it an “ultra-durable thermoforming polymeric material” which, to my humble opinion, is just a more elegant and sellable word for “plastic”. The insole details seem to be welded (no glue at all!) – frankly, had some hard time to disassemble a shoe (to look what's inside...) 
 
Disassembling the DreamPointe 2007...

 

The sole is almost flat in the Dream pointe shoe, very curved in the Dream Pointe 2007 and slightly arched in the Super Triumph.
 
In comparison with the Grishko2007 and the Nova models, the leather sole of the Dream is wider for better weigh distribution and the side wings are longer. The inside part is covered with this soft velvety fabric that we loved so much in the Miracle model. The Super Triumph is a plastic and pre-arched version of the classic Triumph. If your feet shape is square, this will be your "plastic" choice (instead of the "Dreams").   
 
To sum up...
 
- Try not to begin with “plastic” pointe shoes, until you know exactly what you demand from a shoe. Especially if it is your very first pointe shoe pair. 
- If you think you have to buy new pointe shoes way too often (because you melt the soles and / or damage the platforms all the time), you should definitely try the plastic analog of your classic pointe shoe.  
- Dream Pointe 2007 model will also help those dancers who need an extra help to get en full pointe – adult beginners will love it!

- And, as always, if you have any doubts - you can always contact us :-)

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