Make Your Ballet Shoes Last Longer

If you find that you’re replacing your ballet shoes almost as often as washing your hair, then check out these top tips to help them last longer and save yourself some money!

The first tip is to consider the type of ballet shoe you purchase. They are mainly available in leather, canvas and satin. Whilst satin is the most aesthetically pleasing, it’s best to keep them for special occasions as it's not very hard wearing. The most hard-wearing is leather, which also has the added benefit of being very soft and light. However, it is the most expensive of the three fabrics so canvas makes good alternative.

The most obvious but often the most overlooked tip is to only wear your shoes for dance classes. Many dancers like to wear their shoes on the way to and from the studio but hard surfaces such as tarmac and grit can cause significant irreparable damage to their soles. Furthermore, grit can sometimes get caught in the leather soles or in the creases of the upper which can cause damage to the studio floor. Though it may take a little bit of time, it’s best to place your shoes in your dance bag and put on a pair of slip on shoes for the journey which are easy to change in and out of.

The next tip is to keep your ballet shoes as clean as possible. Wearing them only for dance class will help considerably but they will still pick up a little dirt and a few scuffs from the dance studio floor. If your ballet shoes have a canvas upper, simply put them in your washing machine on a very gentle cool cycle with a small amount of detergent. Let them dry naturally as direct heat from a tumble dryer or radiator may cause them to shrink. If you have leather ballet shoes, simply use a clean damp cloth to spot clean. Any marks should remove fairly easily though if you want to deep-clean them, use a tiny amount of detergent on a soft damp cloth and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

These two simple but effective tips will without question help your ballet shoes last much longer than usual saving you time and that much needed money too!

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