Gaynor Minden

Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

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Elegance and luxury in ballet pointe shoes

Gaynor Minden pointe shoes retain the classic beauty of lustrous pink satin and elegant tapered lines, but with a completely modernized interior to meet the needs of today’s athletic dancers. The designer and almost the entire team are former dancers. 

**May 2020: Update About Pointe Shoe Production
Gaynor Minden's European Factory Has Reopened with Expanded Capacity
Gaynor Minden's intention in opening a second factory was to replicate their original pointe shoe as closely as possible. However, by combining their high-tech American approach with traditional European craftsmanship, they couldn’t help but make some improvements along the way.
The satin used in GM's European factory is woven and dyed in Italy, home to the finest textile mills in the world. It was important for GM to source the satin locally, both for better quality control and to reduce carbon emissions. The Italian satin is a paler shade of pink and has a slightly matte finish, which looks beautiful on stage. In studio tests on two continents they found that dancers absolutely loved the new look. Plus, it’s easier to sew!
The new Italian satin is more supportive, and it maintains its consistency over time. This will allow many dancers to switch to a softer shank to achieve a more fluid roll-through and higher demi-pointe. Because the Italian satin is slightly firmer, some dancers who wear their shoes very tight may wish to try a half size longer. The large majority of dancers won’t require a refit.
Suede tips have been the default option in Europe for well over a decade. Dancers appreciate the quality and durability of these well-made platforms. GM are thrilled to extend this product upgrade to the rest of the world. As they transition the stock in their USA warehouse, suede tips will become the default option for all customers — without the wait and at no additional cost.
  • Gaynor Minden shoes last 3-6 times longer than traditionally made pointe shoes. The parts that provide support for the dancer, the shank and toe box, are made from advanced flexible polymers. These are modern materials, not the 19th century paste and cardboard construction found in most other brands.
  • The buoyant support that you feel in the new shoe will remain the same throughout its life; that’s why it’s so important to select a stiffness that feels perfectly broken in when new — they do not soften with use. We offer FIVE stiffness options.
  • Gaynor Minden shoes are lined with genuine Poron® 4000 Performance Cushioning.  Poron is a cellular urethane foam, found in the best athletic shoes, that can absorb significant impact even when only 1/16” to 1/8” thick — no comparison to cheap latex or EVA foams. Also, unlike other cushions, it does not “bottom out”; it always rebounds to its original state of resilience. They place different densities of Poron in different areas. A light density, 1/16” layer is directly underneath the entire length of your foot for all-around comfort and shock absorption. An additional, medium density cushion is underneath your heel to protect it and to ensure that you never feel the edge of the shank. Instead of pleats, high density impact (and noise!) reducing materials are underneath the toes, so landing from jumps is as quiet and fluid as possible.

***Sizing: To check your sizing, click here for Gaynor Minden's Pointe Shoe Size Chart and Ordering Options.

We offer FREE standard shipping within Australia for orders over $150!

***All pointe shoes are by special order.
**Update July 2020:
 We currently have the following shoes in stock in our Sydney store for immediate shipping (made in US factory)- Just place your order for this size below. We also offer curb side pick up in Sydney if you do not wish to wait for shipping (select this option at check out).

SC-9.5W3SLH (satin tips)

SC-9.5M3+SDH (with suede tips)

SC-11M4XDH 2 pairs (one with suede tips and one with satin)

Shoes in stock in US warehouse: please allow approximately 3 weeks for delivery.

For new production shoes please allow 10-12 weeks (as of June 2020) for delivery. All new production shoes from the European factory will be made with Suede Tips at no additional charge.

Please advise us in Order Notes at check out if you have any extra requirements for your shoes. 

“Photo(s) by Eduardo Patino, NYC ©2019 Gaynor Minden, Inc"

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I recommend this product

Love them!

I love how supportive and comfortable the shoes are, and the customer service was very lovely

Ma Cherie Dancewear

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We hope these fabulous shoes will also become your daughter's soulmate shoes :-)

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Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

These shoes are just perfect. I have gone from a firm shank to a softer shank and I absolutely love them. Heidi was so helpful and her communication with updates of when the shoes would get there was great. Thank you.

Ma Cherie Dancewear

We are so pleased you love your GM shoes. It was a pleasure assisting you. Enjoy!

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