The Code Explained

We use a six-digit code to specify the box, shank, vamp and heel of our pointe shoes. Length and width are specified with the traditional number and letter, e.g. 8M (medium) or 5W (wide).

The code appears on our hang tags and inside each shoe. You may find it convenient to use the code when ordering, but we will gladly accept plain English too. Or let us fit you and we'll make sure your shoe is perfect for you.

#-###-##
The first digit indicates the Box 2, 3, or 4

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The middle three digits describe the Shank. Of these it is
the first one that specifies the stiffness. (The others are for
production purposes.) Gaynor Minden pointe shoes come with a cloth
shoe bag, the color of the bag corresponds to the stiffness of the Shank.

5##= Hard. Very stiff, comparable to most traditional paste shoes when they are brand new. Green bag.
1## = Extraflex. Firm and medium-stiff, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are slightly worn. Yellow bag.
2## = Supple. Flexible and medium-pliable, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are broken in. Pink bag.
4## = Featherflex. Very flexible, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are wearing out. Turquoise bag.
7## = Pianissimo. Extremely pliable, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are almost "dead." Lavender bag.

#-###-##
The fifth digit describes the Vamp.
1 = Regular Vamp
2 = Deep Vamp (+¼")
3 = Sleek Vamp (+¼"), comes automatically with Sleek Heel

#-###-##
The last digit describes the Heel.
1 = Regular Heel
2 = High Heel (+¼")
3 = Sleek Heel

Example: 3-121-21 = #3 Box – Extraflex Shank - Deep Vamp - Regular Heel.