It's a good thing I'm single with no dependents, because good Lord.
|Ye olde box of pointe shoe rejects|
The Freeds really seemed like they were going to work, but apparently they're too narrow for my foot (though I didn't notice a problem when I tried them initially). The box has gotten mushed out of shape on the outside (pinky toe edge), and the shoe is twisting which is shifting my alignment off the platform (i.e. instead of being over my big and second toes, I'm shifted over my pink toe! NO GOOD).
|You can see how I'm leaning to the outside of my feet in this shot. This is bad.|
When I had shown them to the AD of the school originally, she'd expressed some concern over that side, but in the end was willing to let me give them a shot. I had two different teachers look at them yesterday (now that they're more broken in) and both said they thought the box was too narrow. LESSON: listen to your teachers, kids.
|Note the awesome pinky bulge and how the shoe doesn't look straight|
On the plus side, I *did* really like the 3/4'd shank and didn't have any issues with that. I was also able to wear very little padding with these (even though the box is really wrong). I had it down to a thin gel tip on my big toe, tape on my pinky toe and both bunion joints, and the toe of an old sock as a "pad." Go me!
I had cut the shank of a pair of the Bloch Heritage (the 5.5XX) as one of my practice pairs (as I mentioned in my Pointe Shoe Surgery post), and while trying it on during that process, I noticed that it didn't feel half bad. I'm wondering if my problems with that shoe came from too much padding, and so may give them another shot. That would at least save me some money.