Today Gaynor Minden is a global brand, available at hundreds of dance-specialty stores nation-wide as well as through numerous overseas distributors. While still very much a family business, we have offices on three continents and at last count we ship to 85 countries and over 200 professional companies. Gaynor Mindens are used at almost every major ballet company in the world including American Ballet Theatre, England’s Royal Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The San Francisco, Houston, and Boston Ballets… to name just a few.
The original Gaynor Mindens had stiff shanks and were available with only a few fitting choices. We now offer a greatly expanded range of options including ultra-flexible shanks and boxes, a narrow-heeled style for the sleekest possible fit, longer sizes for today’s bigger feet, built-in suede tips for extra durability, and shades of brown as well as pink satin — all for stock shoes. In addition we offer extensive additional customization by special order.
In 2020 our pointe shoe production moved from the United States to Europe. Just like our original Massachusetts factory, our new factory in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a family business that blends tradition with innovation. Our pointe shoes still use exactly the same American-made, high-tech internal components — all have our flexible shanks and boxes and Poron® Performance Cushioning. And all Gaynor Minden pointe shoes are handmade by skilled shoemakers using time honored techniques.