Dear Karen,

Hope, the answers can be useful for you.

The Grishko pointe shoes are different in everything, beginning from the raw material up to its quality control.

First of all, the fabric for pointe shoes is made of the raw material selected by the company’s specialists. Each piece of hide for making a shoe sole is meticulously checked up. The strict quality control is being carried out in each phase of the production process. All the Grishko goods are made of high quality materials that are friendly to the environment and manufactured basically in Russia.

Secondly, the design of Grishko pointe shoe models, especially of the Grishko – 2007, was made not by former dancers, as it is done in many other companies, but by highly qualified technologists and researchers, including the only one in the world doctor of technical sciences who defended a thesis on designing ballet shoes.

The Company, Grishko Ltd. constantly carries on scientific research work in the field of insuring more durability and less noise of the pointe shoe, as well as avoiding professional diseases of dancers.

The research work is being done together with specialists of the Academician Andreyev Accoustics Institute, the Scientific Research Institute of Leather and Shoe Industry, and many medical institutions. The company also bases its work on the experience of the Russian ballet tradition accumulated since the XVIII century.

Thirdly, differently from the 99 per cent of the other companies’ pointe shoes, the Grishko ones are assembled completely by hand. As the great Anna Pavlova used to say, making a pointe shoe by hand the cobbler gave its heart and soul to it. It helps ballerinas a lot in their dance.

If you wear GRISHKO pointe shoes, you don’t need to buy a pointe shoe with an extra growing room.

The GRISHKO is the only pointe shoe maker who uses absolutely natural glue. The glue is rather hard but it changes its properties under influence of moisture and high temperature. Just rumple the box with your fingers. Then put your pointe shoes on and make your usual exercises. The increased temperature of your feet and natural perspiration make the glue “flexible” and the box moulds to your toes. After several hours of exercises you find that your shoes mould well both to your right and left feet.

Best regards,

Olga Lebedeva

Marketing Dept. Manager

Grishko Cobbler working in London