They are all covered in lustrous pink satin; they all look very similar on stage. When seen in cross-section, however, the differences among pointe shoes become clear. Most traditionally made pointe shoes rely on a combination of paste, fabric, leather, and cardboard for stiffness. Gaynor Minden, on the other hand, makes its supportive components from unbreakable elastomeric materials, the same sort of materials found in the best athletic footwear and equipment. Our shoes are cushioned with Roger’s Corporation’s Poron® 4000 which carries the American Medical Podiatric Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Our linings are treated with silver ion.