Grinning at My Grishko’s

Ka-BAM!

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Sha-ZAM!

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These are my new Grishko Performance flats and aren’t these shoes just pretty? Such a soft pink color.  I love, love, love how they make my feet look.  They just hug every curve of my foot and don’t bunch up anywhere. The sole on the ball of the foot has some cushion and is plenty wide and I feel very “stable” in them. They are super comfortable and I just couldn’t be happier!

Hello!

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See how well they molded to my foot?

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I absolutely love there is Russian on my shoes!

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With my classes starting Monday, I decided I really did need some new flats, despite that I already had two pairs.  I am now the owner of three pairs of ballet flats.  I decided I needed new shoes because when I took ballet classes a few years ago the flats I had bothered the sole of my left foot.  The pads on the ball of the foot just were not wide enough for my elephant feet.   This pain continued as I wore them to do some of my ballet workouts over the summer.  So I decided then that I needed a new pair.  You may remember that I bought the Bloch Pro-Elastic, which I ended up not being really happy I bought.  The cushion in the sole was great but the fit was all over the place.  I don’t blame the shoe, I blame my hurriedness when I bought them and going to a store I was not familiar with which is not where I bought my Grishko’s. In my city we have two dance shops. Not long after I got them home and did a few ballet workouts I realized the fit was just all wrong.  Too much bagginess in the heel and my foot was actually moving in the shoe.  I knew I couldn’t do a traditional ballet class in either of the shoes I currently had.  Thus, the decision to take a Happy Time trip to the ballet store!  This time I went to the dance shop in town that fit me for my first pair, which were a perfect fit, and no one could have predicted the issue I had with the sole of my left foot.  Plus the service I received there was just beyond amazing.  Her store is just a dancer’s dream!

I really can’t say enough in the importance of finding a dance shop that is very knowledgeable when fitting you for ballet shoes.  My local shop is Pirouettes and I am now a steadfast customer for my dance life!  The customer service is the kind that is so good you know the term “Customer Service” is inadequate.  The shop owner gave me her undivided attention and really listened to my left foot issues and then fit me with the Grishko Performance in a 38 C.   She also selected amazing new tights for me too, Prima Soft’s.  The prices were spot on and I really couldn’t be happier.  I also got a new pair of black stirrup leg warmers that fit me well and she I sifted through the legwarmers until we found just the right pair.

The shop owner also gave me some great advice on my shoes.  When I tried them on the first pair were too tight and we went up half a size.  They still felt a little snug in my toes and she told me if your wishing they were just a touch bigger what I need to do is put them on at home, mist the fabric and then wear them at home for a few hours.  So the shoes will stretch to mold to my foot.  I have done that (actually wearing them now as I type…I was a total nerd and put some socks over them to keep them clean just so they can get dirty in ballet class!)  Let me tell you, that has worked perfectly.  The places it was snug feels just right and my feet are really comfortable now.  So, I just wanted to impart that information since it worked so well for me.

I also have to say, the shop owner treated me just like any other dancer.  There was no judgment or taking me less serious.  I felt like she treated me like I had been a dancer for years and had every right to be there.  She didn’t treat me like I was a silly ‘ol fat lady wanting to take ballet and rush me off because she had more important dancers to get to.  Nope, I was as valued a customer as any and had just as much right to be doing what I am doing and that really meant something to me.  I don’t look like your typical ballet dancer, I used to, but not anymore, and her welcoming and not judgmental attitude was just wonderful and really helped my confidence in returning to ballet classes.

Again, I think everything is pointing in the direction that things happened the way they did for a reason and I am where I am supposed to be at this moment.

2 days to go!

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24 thoughts on “Grinning at My Grishko’s

  1. I wish you all the best on Mon!! I didn’t start ballet until college — as my phys-ed class. My mother always said she never saw a “fat ballerina”. That being said, in the twenty-mumbly years since, I have danced on and off…. being a size 18 in college, thru 3 pregnancies and a size 26/28 (nothing like being on pointe at #250+…. ). Currently I am back in ballet and am no longer “full sized”, altho I still get all sorts of self conscious when I get fitted for new shoes. Now that I found a brand and size that I am happy with I order them online and save the extra $$ – it goes towards class 🙂

      • Well, as I said, I started my first year of college….. Sept. 1985 (I refuse to do the math and face up to how many years ago that really was). I started late in life – I was 17 years old.

        One of the adult classes I go to we had discussed making the class an hour longer and adding pointe to the end of it. I was all for it – was going to start two years ago in fact (was taking private lessons at that time in addition to the adult class) but had a car accident in Feb. 2012 and broke my foot!!! Was out of ballet a year and I am still having some pain where the surgery site is (the fracture didn’t heal so they had to put a plate/screws and donor bone matrix to “glue” my foot back together).

        Never say never and hold tight to the thought of going back on pointe!! I have concluded that it isn’t necessarily the size of the dancer, but the strength in the legs/feet that can determine if you can go back on pointe.

        BTW, I do love reading your blog! Forget how I stumbled across it, but so glad I did.

        • Don’t worry about the math…it’s not a pre-requisite on my blog…I avoid it at all costs. 🙂 I am glad you stumbled onto my blog too! I love making new ballet friends. I am so sorry to hear about your foot. I really hope that it heals up for you and that you will go back en pointe again. You are very right about the strength in the feet…mine were never as strong as when I danced en pointe. I yearn to have that strength again! So how often do you take class? I am just taking one class a week.

  2. What a positive experience! I made a rookie mistake with my first flats bought recently. Hopefully the second pair (on their way as I type!) are a better fit. I’m not quite courageous enough to go into a real live dance shop just yet!

    Perfect shoes in the run-up to your class on Monday!? Fantastic! (Love the action shots! Ker-BOOM!)

  3. They look great on your feet! There’s a dance store in my hometown that I love. When I was fitted for my first pair of pointes I tried on 30 some pairs and spent 2 hours in the process, I was floored. Unfortunately in Denmark, where I live, the ballet stores are absolutely useless, unwilling to spend five minutes helping with anything. Every time I make that transatlantic journey I make sure to stock up on supplies. Good luck on Monday!

  4. Ohh love the shoes on your feet! They are gorgeous.. I’m still in search of that ‘perfect’ pair. I did find my perfect pair of pointe shoes though so that’s a plus!
    I hope your class goes well tomorrow, there’s nothing better than knowing that within 24 hours you’ll be dancing..!! 😉

  5. I love those photos of your pretty dancy feet. You are so smart to keep looking for just the right shoes. Is that a new kind? I never saw any like that. Wear them in happiness tomorrow night at your class. And be sure to tell us all about it!

    • I don’t think the Grishko brand was available back “when”. I really love them and it is so important to find the right pair. It makes all the difference. I can’t wait for tomorrow night. I can hardly believe it is almost here!

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