Another project I have been working on over the last week or so.
I’ve had a similar conversation with a few people over pointe shoes vs ballet heels and whether it would be possible to make a “real” ballet heel from a combination of the two. Sure it can be done. :-)
For me, squeezing another second out of the day meant I almost abandoned the project for other priorities. I’m a pretty busy person as it stands. So, ta da! Finally, here they are, embellished with clear Swarovski crystals and glitter.
Surprisingly the glitter does not come off the shoes as one might think. I coated them with clear varnish, as you do, and the glitter seems to be stuck fast. I can bend and manipulate the material and it doesn’t crack or peel off. :-D Yes. The fur is real. Mink tails from a falling apart stole I am recycling. Best to use the fur I can than to throw it away. Karma and all that.
I’m sure not one person will want to do this to their pointe shoes, or pull apart a pair of ballet heels so I won’t bother you with the logistics of turning pointe shoes into ballet heels.
Onto the walking:
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These are surprisingly comfortable. Better than any ballet heel I’ve bought so far. Got me thinking to make myself a black pair as well. :-P
The heels are from a larger pair of ballet heels than the welt I used to stop the pointes from bending uncontrollably when the heel was affixed. Pointe shoes have a shank, however it’s not strong enough to cope with a heel.
Shanks are typically made from leather, plastic, cardstock, or layers of glue-hardened burlap. The flexibility of a shank is determined by its thickness and the type of material used. A shank’s thickness may be consistent throughout or it may vary along its length to produce different strengths at select points. For example, slits may be cut across a shank at demi-pointe to enhance roll through. Also, a shank’s thickness may transition at some point along its length in order to implement differing strengths above and below the transition. Standard pointe shoes typically have a full shank, in which the shank runs the full length of the sole, or fractional (e.g., half or three-quarter) length shanks. Many pointe shoe manufacturers offer a choice of shank materials, and some will build shoes with customized shanks of varying stiffness and length.
Dancers will sometimes wear different pointe shoe models for different performance pieces. In such cases, the choreography often dictates the type of shank required; a lyrical style may call for a softer shoe, while an aggressive style with many turns is more easily performed in a hard, stiff shoe.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointe_shoe]
All heeled shoes have a metal spring or shank inside the welt.
The heels are are 10mm or so longer than the heel that comes with a size 37 ballet shoe.
I also found some toe covers on ebay for $9.00 a pair. Probably not as good as the Bunheads but worth a look see.
I also found this:
The Pointe Shoe With Heels (also known as Dori Shoes), is a dance shoe that combines the toe box of a pointe shoewith a dance heel approximately 3 in (7.6 cm) in length. It allows the dancer to combine steps from multiple dance styles with classical ballet, by switching balance from standing on the heel to standing on tip of the toes (en pointe), and vice-versa. It was originally created in 2007 by professional Las Vegas choreographer and dancer from Puerto Rico, Dorimar Bonilla.  They were first used for performance at a cabaret show by “The Coquettes” at CatHouse, inside the Luxor Hoteland casino in Las Vegas. They have also been seen in shows such as “Ran Can Can” in Puerto Rico, “Sin City Comedy” in Las Vegas, and “Broadway Bares- Las Vegas”, produced by American theater choreographer and director, Jerry Mitchell.“
Very interesting shoes aren’t they?
Have fun, I did