I’m trying everything to break in a pair of Capezio Arias. They were gifted to me a long time ago, as were a pair of Bloch Eurostretch shoes. I am working out at home and feel ready to do some simple pointe exercises at the barre (which is as far as I’ll go without a teacher present), so I took these shoes out of storage and tried to break them in. Crikey, almost broke my feet. They are SO frickin’ hard, and as square as the box is (I believe it may be the squarest box of any stock pointe shoe — at least it’s the squarest I’ve ever seen), there’s still a nasty little taper on the inside of the box that kills my big toe. Told you I had duck feet!
So I’ve been going after it with rubbing alcohol, then gave up on that and poured water on the box (not a good idea with Capezio, I guess — it stained), and then started hammering. Since I’m not doing much with pointe and these shoes were a gift (and they’re definitely not anything I’d use in a real class), I’m determined to use them for my first stabs at going back on pointe. But they seem to be made out of concrete, and they seem to want to stay that way.
The Eurostretch shoes are quite another story — so soft and sweet that they feel like bedroom slippers. They fit like they were made for me. But I’m saving them for when I can actually take a real pointe class. They’re too nice to beat up on at home.
Has anyone any breaking-in techniques for the Arias that I haven’t tried? Jeez…..
Update: got ’em up and running, finally, after about 5 tries. Dousing them with water again and hammering INSIDE the box did it (thankfully I already owned a small, heavy hammer). I very much doubt that if I were a person who used lots of pointe shoes, I’d choose this model. Too much work to get them in shape.