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Here is a photo series taking you through, step by step, on how to tie your pointe shoe ribbons. It’s a little tricky at first, but in no time you will be tying your shoes in a matter of seconds. I hope this is easy to follow! Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below!
Start by putting on your pointe shoe while sitting on the floor. Bend your knee and slightly flex your foot so it lifts off the ground. Make sure each ribbon is free on either side of your shoe.
Take only the ribbon that is on the inside of you foot and leave the other ribbon alone to begin with.
Drape the ribbon across your ankle and bring it around the back of your ankle.
Keep going around the ankle…
Continue around the backside of the ankle again. (So the first ribbon goes around your ankle 1.5 times)
Your right hand will keep holding on to the ribbon that you’ve been working with. Now, with you left hand, pick up the other ribbon.
Drape this ribbon across your ankle, the opposite way, creating an X on the front of your ankle.
Continue with the ribbon all the way around the back of you ankle, and across the front. When the two ribbons are parallel with each other then you are done.
Still with a bent leg, let your leg fall into the “butterfly” position so you have easy access to the inside of your foot. You are ready to tie your first knot.
Tie a knot. Try not to tie a knot that is too tight. But the knot does need to be tight enough that it doesn’t unravel. I tie my knots directly between my ankle bone and my Achilles tendon.
Tie a second knot.
Now, grab both ends of your ribbons and lay them on top of each other to create only one ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in on itself.
Tuck the ribbon under all the layers of ribbon on your ankle.
TIP: Before I go onstage, I always take a small piece of tape and wrap it around my tucked in ribbons. This way, I’m sure that my ribbons will not fall out.
A piece of tape, about this size.
Fold the tape over the ribbons.
Voila! Now you have a shoe that is performance ready!! Just have to put on the other shoe. 😉