Ok so way back when I bought my ballet slippers, which you can read about here if you wanna, I asked the sales lady if the slippers have a left and a right? And she was like, No, ya big dummy!
So I took that totally literally and figured that ballet slippers are like socks, you just put whichever shoe you grab first on whichever foot you grab first. After a minute they started showing some wear in the big toe department, so I had this brilliant idea to make them last longer by intentionally switching right and left each class.
I’m so cleverrrrrrrr!
And, well, it’s kinda worked, because coming up on two years now and no holes, but, you know, I was looking at my slippers, and looking at my classmates’ slippers, and suddenly occured to me, Well duh, ya big dummy, if I had chosen a left and right the damned things would’ve shaped themselves to my feet over time, and that would’ve been nice. Nicer than the slightly baggy fit they’re sporting now. But no holes, even in the (now dual) big toe department.
So….when in doubt, ask Twitter!
So I asked twitter:
Hey ballet people: do you mark your soft slippers left and right? Or just wear them any which-a-way?
The massive majority of answers were in the Mark Them camp and the You Don’t Have To Mark Them, You Just Know camp. Which answered the underlying question of Same Foot Same Shoe in the totally affirmative. Way at the end I got a few, Meh Whichever Foot answers. When I mentioned this to Mr. Adult Beginner he was like, “well yeah, the other people answered first because they actually have an opinion.” Ha!
Meanwhile, caught some mention of a free ballet slipper offer. From Capezio. Went and looked on their website, it says the offer ended October 1st. Asked google if the offer had been extended, couple different hits said yes, until November 1st. Checked the website again, still says it ended October 1st.
But it also said that you cannot request color or style, so the shoe would be a surprise, which is like my Favorite! Thing! so I gave it a shot. $4.95 shipping fee, what the heck. Shipping form asks for your adult shoe size, so I told it 7 1/2, finished up, hit submit, immediately whacked myself on the forehead and was like, “No, ya big dummy! Capezio doesn’t care about your street shoe! They meant dance shoe size!”
Quickly ordered another pair in a 5w, which is my Bloch ballet slipper size. Which I can just barely see under all the dirt.
And then figured either 1: I’d get an email saying Ha Ha, Too slow, Offer is Over, Loser. Or B: I’d get two pairs of shoes, one of which might fit, it three weeks.
Instead I got Option The Third: two pairs of slipper arrived yesterday, like, less than a week after my order. And they are Gorgeous, Gentle Reader! Nothing I would’ve chosen on my own. Pale pink canvas, split leather sole, criss-cross elastic, neat top stitching detail at the center front, called Pro Canvas, in a size 8.5m and a 6w.
8.5m fits like a frikin dream. Like, I have never seen anything dreamier on my feet. Except maybe my pointes. And my other slippers, which I still love.
Here’s the (link now closed), go get a pair before November 1st. I’ll remove this link once the offer is really for reals done. and yes, apparently they are asking for street shoe size after all.
But in the meantime, I have a pair of really beautiful teeny tiny size 6w pale pink Pro-Canvas split sole shoes. Is this your size, Gentle Reader? Let’s trade!
I will send you these lovelies in exchange for something cool. Like, a ballet book I don’t own. Or something you make. The Adult Beginner doesn’t knit or crochet, so those are very exotic in my mind. No food though, what, are you trying to make me fat? Keep in mind if you are outside of the United States you will need to up the cool-factor of your trade to off-set shipping.
Interested in trading? Lemme know in a comment!
And if that’s not your size or you hate trading, quickly go order your free pair before they wise up.