And buy yourself something pretty!
Dudes, you too!
Ok, here’s what the haps is. In this post I mentioned a need to maybe swing by the dance store and maybe check out the toe-spacers? To prevent the Gumby-toe.
Got a sweet tip from Kaija: she got a toe-spacer from the from the foot care aisle of the pharmacy for much less dineros than at the dance store.
Wanted a piece of that cheaper action! Went to nearby chain drug-store.
Feeling, well, not majorly hopeful. Probably Kaija goes to some kinda magical pharmacy. Right?
Cruised the foot care aisle. There’s the insoles, there’s the corn-pads. (And hey, corn is a horrible name for a foot issue, right?! Just, super gross name, right?) Oh, and look, there’s a toe sleeve. Very similar to the creepy big-toe-sleeve I tried on at the dance store. Ok. There’s the wart stuff, don’t need that. Oh look, there’s a two-pack of toe-spacers! Sweet! $4.99, that seems like a good price, ok, never used one before but the price is right…
And then mine eyes fell upon something so glorious, you guys-
Remember the Ouch-Pouch?
Which was the biggest surprise-$$$-bomb of the whole pointe shoe buying experience?
$25 frikin dollars for that ouch-pouch? On top of the price of the shoes? And it’s not like I can do without? And I’ve been thinking in the back of my head of ways to DIY it for the future ever since that second when I laid my money down?
On the shelf in the stupid chain drug store:
Selling for $8.99:
“Pump Pouches”. “Amazing Wraparound Toe Cushions”. To all outward appearances, Gentle Reader, the Exact Same Product as the Ouch-Pouch. Two pieces of, what, neoprene maybe? Flat-locked together? Peachy-beigey-pinkie color? $8.99!
Gentle Reader, get thee to a pharmacy!!!
Ya know, for that matter, Gentle Reader, the conspiracy theorist in me sez that your local dance store knows it can make money off you because you’re obsessed with dance and don’t know anything about the world outside of dance, such as pharmacies, or craft stores where you can buy ribbon, which will not be pre-measured, but, heck, you know how long you ribbons should be by now, right?
Well, don’t know about you, but the Adult Beginner has been known to occasionally run a nude-colored bra through the dryer, thereby rendering it fried and non-functional, but hey, free elastic in the correct color! Bonus! Could be used for shoes! Maybe not ankle elastic for pointes, maybe just for slipper elastic. But still, elastic! Wild and free for the taking!
Ok. The moral of the story is: you better shop around. Also, let’s all give a big wi-five to Kaija for the science she is droppin’.
PS, Girl, you best to scroll down through the comments! Helpful info up in there! Dudes, you too!