The existing pointe shoe line is now called Europa. Robust Italian satin provides firm wraparound support and creates the sensation of a snugger fit. For the best roll-through, try a softer shank!
Due to the complexity of ordering these shoes, we ask that you contact us to get the right fit — it’s the custom pointe shoe you don’t have to special order.
1. Select your Model
The model you select should reflect the general shape of your foot from the metatarsal to the heel.
2. Select your Length
Gaynor Mindens usually fit one to one and a half sizes longer than your U.S. street shoe size. Not every Length is available in every Model. If you require a Length that is not available, try selecting a different Model.
3. Select your Width
Width fits the metatarsals and mid-foot. Not every Width is available in every size combination.
4. Select your Box
The Box fits the toes and metatarsals. Not every Box is available in every size combination.
5. Select your Shank
Gaynor Minden shanks do not break in or soften, and all are equally durable and long-lasting. Make sure your new shoe is pliable enough to allow you to achieve a high demi-pointe easily.
Most dancers are best served by our FeatherFlex, Supple, and ExtraFlex shanks.
Very few dancers really need our Hard shank
6. Select your Vamp
The Deep vamp comes standard on all sizes and models, and is 1/4" (0.6 cm) longer than the Low vamp. If you are ordering a Low vamp, it will take longer to ship.
Dancers who wear a Gaynor Minden size 6 or shorter might prefer a Low vamp.
7. Select your Heel
The High heel is 3/8" (1 cm) longer than the Low heel.
High heels are standard on our Classic and Sculpted models. You can still order a Low heel, but it will take longer to ship.
Low heels are standard on our Sleek models. You can still order a High heel, but it will take longer to ship.
8. Select your Finish
Pink shoes with Suede tips are usually available to ship within 3–5 business days in our most popular sizes.
Mocha, Cappuccino, and Espresso shoes are made-to-order, which can take up to six weeks.
Pink shoes with Satin tips and White shoes are Special Orders, also take up to six weeks, and are NOT RETURNABLE.