Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

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cherchie

Frankston, Australia

#1 Apr 16, 2007
I was just wondering what people thought about gaynor mindens, because some people think they are great and some people think they are ugly/not traditional etc. this is what i have heard around anyway.
does anybody here have them?
what do you guys think?
cherchie
Sarah

United States

#2 Apr 17, 2007
i wouldnt kno my teacher unfourtanatly refuses to let me buy them
Sylvie

New Zealand

#3 Apr 18, 2007
I love them. They are so comfortable. i don't understand why teachers get so uptight about them. They make my feet look really nice. They really make you stay on pointe properly. It's great not having to wear anything inside the shoes. They last too. Much longer than normal shoes. Also you put them on and go - no bashing them against a concrete floor etc. Some great dancers use them too - cojocaru I believe. I'd like to know what those old fashioned teachers say about her pointe work!
maggie

Plainfield, IL

#4 May 25, 2007
I had gaynor Mindins. The reason your teacher dosent allow you to buy them, is becasue they dont allow you to develope your own arch, or get any muscle memory. I beleive they are cheater shoes but somtimes they are ok for beginners. They may make your feet look nice, but when Gaynors dont fit you properly anymore, then you will have to relearn all the excircises, so that you get the muscle memory and correct arch. I don't think they gain anything for you technique AT ALL. But for beginners, there feet do look nice. Thats about it though.
dAnCaH

New Zealand

#5 Jul 21, 2007
No i dont have gaynor mindens! but i soooo want dem! dey look really nice! but i agree wif maggie...you really need to develop ur own arch or else it'll be really hard for you when your older. but ive only done point for half a year so yep. but my feet dont have a good arch so i need to get GM since bloch dont work for my feet!
Jenny

Vancouver, Canada

#6 Jul 23, 2007
Principal shoes customize my shoes so they fit perfect. I agree with Maggie you have to develop your muscles instead of letting the shoe hold you up.

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Since: Jul 07

Marietta,GA

#7 Jul 26, 2007
I just went online and looked at the shoes, they look pretty to me.
Beth

Alveley, UK

#8 Jul 29, 2007
whats so special about GM then? how are they so able to do all the work for you? ive been doing point for about 2 years now and i love it =] ive tried bloch (that really didnt suit my feet) and grishko (which are amasing) i really would like to try some other makes but am confused about GM's.. someone explain? x
Laura

Maribor, Slovenia

#9 Aug 4, 2007
(Born to be a ballerina) I have a pointe shoes gaynor Minden and it`s so great an soft my feet ar so preety and not ugly i think that is great for begginers and profesional!Gaynor Minden it`s great!
Galina

Maribor, Slovenia

#10 Aug 4, 2007
Drugo leto pri baletu dobimo špice (pointe shoes)in ne vem kateri bi bili zame najboljši.Razmišljala sem, da bi poskusila Gaynor Minden in mislim, da jih bom kupila, seveda pa najbolj upam, da bom z njimi zadovoljna in, da te ne bodo moji zadnji in ne prvi špici (pointe shoes).

“I Love ballet”

Since: Jul 07

Marietta,GA

#11 Aug 5, 2007
what are you trying to say Galina
RMS

Tuscaloosa, AL

#12 Aug 21, 2007
If your instructor is reluctant about letting you use GMs, why not rotate your shoes? If you have a more conventional pair for strengthening, and Gaynor Mindens for woring on your balance and getting you more comfortable on pointe, it shouldn't hinder you. Perhaps you could come to a compromise.
My feet and ankles are pretty strong, but even after all these years of work, my feet still do not show well in pointe shoes. GMs show my natural arch which is visible on flat.
maggie

Shorewood, IL

#13 Aug 31, 2007
I still beleive that the reason why other pointe shoes do not suit people whom are used to gaynor mindens is because they have not developed the right muscles to form and arch and are used to the technology in the GM's doing most of it for them. I have used Gaynor Midens and yes, somtimes they do look nice but what if you end up in a perfessional company that GM's are not allowed? You would have to completely reteach your self.
leanna

Greenville, KY

#14 Sep 9, 2007
what makes them so flexable?
maggie

Shorewood, IL

#15 Sep 12, 2007
they are a 3/4 shank shoe so the heel part of the shoe, isn't a hard shank. Its the 1/4 thats not the shank.

does that make any sense?
:]
-maggie
Beth

Broomfield, CO

#16 Sep 18, 2007
I went to GMs in 1995 because I have very, very high natural arches (you can slide a pen under my arches from the outside - I have to custom order streetshoes.) GMs were the only shoe that did not require me to break the shank to get the shoe up against my arches. These shoes, like all others, are appropriate for some people and not for others.
kirsten

North Bergen, NJ

#17 Sep 22, 2007
i just bought a pair of Gayor Mindens after 3 years of pointe in Gamba's and Grishkos. Im not sure about the gm's yet but from what ive been told these are really good shoes for me because i have extremley flat feet so in a normal shoe like my grishko 2007's the shoe doesnt go with my foot when i pointe it, these make me look like i have an arch and thats a really great thing for me. FOr any of you who have gm's if you have any advise on how there supposed to feel please let me know because i have the extra flex shank and since you cant break them in idk if thier too stiff or too tight, theyre very different then all my previous shoes
Robyn

Washington, UK

#18 Sep 24, 2007
I have GM's and my feet are sore after i use them because my feet aren't getting to work properly. I've been on pointe for a year and a half and i have dance classes every day of the week my dance teachers neither agree nor disagree with them but i personally feel that they are no good at all because i can't work properly in them so i've had to resort back to my old pair till i can aford a new pair

can anyone recomend me another brand?
Luna

Durham, NC

#19 Sep 24, 2007
i really don't reccomned GMs. what i don't think that anyone has mentioned is that the reason that they last so long is that the shank is PLASTIC. this means that when you sweat the shoes don't mold to your feet. I also agree with what other people have said about GMs not allowing your feet to become stronger. in adition to that, if you ever have to do anything on three quarter pointe, you will be hard pressed to! many contemporary, and even some classical pieces require work (not just walking) on three quarter pointe. I also think that GMs aren't really that pretty on people's feet. one last warning, i have met some people who's toenails have been totally ripped up by GMs. anyway, i hope you find a good shoe
Robyn - what type of foot do you have? i have had GMs reccomended to me many times and if your foot is anything like mine, i reccomend grisko 2007, Freed studio 1, or grisko ulanova II (thats if you like a tappered shoe) anyway, don't forget to have your teacher check your shoes if you have only been on pointe a year and a half.(by the way, you know its normal for your feet to be slightly sore after class, right)
P.S. anyone who wears GMs, DO NOT WEAR PADDING in the shoe, a little pain is a good thing and anyway, you will not EVER be ready to switch to a different shoe if you wear padding in a GM, i mean, they are soft enough already!
nikyia

Christchurch, New Zealand

#20 Sep 24, 2007
um, I've had 3 pairs of GMs and I wouldn't recommend them for newbies to pointe work. They require really strong feet to get them to bend on to demi pointe as they are bent into a permanent arch but aren't bent the other way. On the plus side for experienced dancers in competitions and performances they are quite good. Also depends on your foot as to whether gaynors are right for you.

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