Saturday, June 19, 2010

Altering Shanks

Some shoes are harder than others to break in the shanks. Some dancers cut the inside shank near the heel where the foot sole bends. This is done with and Exacto or utility knife. This is done carefully, cutting away at the shank, layer by layer, until it can be completely removed along with the nail that holds it to the shoe. The shank then has to be shaped with the knife to taper towards the heel for comfort. Remember, NEVER alter your shoes without the consulting of your teacher.

Research from The Pointe Book

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