Dancer Testimonials

Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy

Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

"As a professional dancer, I've come to realize that what makes this art form truly magical is something beyond technique. Gaynor Mindens give me the added confidence to reach this next level. I know my shoes will be soundless and fit perfectly. I go onstage ready to completely enjoy the movement and the moment."

Alina Cojocaru

Alina Cojocaru

Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet

"In Gaynor Mindens I am free to take my dancing to my highest possible level, because I never worry about consistency, durability, comfort, or quietness. I cannot imagine going back to a traditional pointe shoe."

Alina Somova

Alina Somova

Principal Dancer, The Mariinsky Ballet

"It’s easier to point, easier to balance and turn, easier to jump – and I love the sleek, arched look they give my foot – I won’t dance in anything else now."

Erica Cornejo

Erica Cornejo

Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet

"Ballet has always been hard but Gaynor Minden makes it easier. I love them – they don’t make any noise when I jump, and I can use the same pair many times because they last longer."

Elena Glurdjidze

Elena Glurdjidze

Senior Principal Dancer, English National Ballet

"To feel comfortable during a performance is very important. They are soft, flat, and light; they fit your foot perfectly and they are not noisy. You can put on a new pair and go straight on stage. I don’t have to spend an hour preparing my shoes. Since I bought my first pair, I have not been able to wear anything else."

Yekaterina Kondaurova

Yekaterina Kondaurova

Second Soloist, The Mariinsky Ballet

"Gaynor Minden pointe shoes are created for the creative work. I wear them for everything. I don’t have to think how to jump, or how to spin and still stay on my foot while moving the center off balance, especially in ballets with extreme choreography. Most important is that Gaynor Minden shoes make my feet more pliable and expressive – alive and speaking."

Yekaterina Shipulina

Yekaterina Shipulina

Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet

"I was impressed when I first tried Gaynor Minden shoes. Now ballet shoes are not just beautiful, but also very comfortable. And the most important thing is that comfort lasts for a long time. My feet are grateful for the shoes and my audience is happy with my dancing. With Gaynor Minden, I feel I can do anything."

Yevgenia Obratzsova

Yevgenia Obratzsova

First Soloist, The Mariinsky Ballet

"I love how they make jumping so light, so effortless and so quiet, and how they make balancing easy (which I especially appreciate for the Rose Adagio.). I adore them!"

Deanna Seay

Deanna Seay

Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet

"Now I am ecstatic about my pointe shoes, not just content. It is as if I have been given a new pair of feet. These shoes inspire me to explore new possibilities of expression, artistry, and technique. They make me feel free."

Viengsay Valdés

Viengsay Valdés

Prima Ballerina, Ballet Nacional de Cuba

"Gaynor Mindens make me feel like I'm dancing on air - like butterfly's wings. They are a gift to my feet. I can dance with a sense of security, and they give me a beautiful line. That's why I trust them."