Pointe Shoe Profile: Miami City Ballet's Jennifer Kronenberg

Published in the Dec 2009/Jan 2010 issue.

Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra in George Balanchine's "Agon"

Photo by Joe Gato

Brand: Freed of London
Size: 4 1/2 XX
Maker: Maltese (Iron) Cross
Years wearing this shoe: 15!
Padding: She tapes her second toe and two last toes with first-aid tape, and wears Bunheads “jelly tips” on her big toes. Occasionally, she’ll use corn pads between her toes for added comfort.
Break-in process: After darning the tips of her shoes, she lays them on the floor and steps on the boxes to flatten them. Then she rips out the insole lining and gently bends the shank back and forth to conform to her arch. Finally, she pours one tube of super glue inside each box for extra strength.
Number of pairs she uses: During performance periods, she goes through two to three pairs each weekend.