Pointe Shoe Profile

Kathleen Breen Combes
Published in the October/November 2009 issue.

Combes with Nelson Madrigal

Photo by Gene Schiavone

Brand: Freed of London Specials

Maker: “Anchor,” but “club” and “U” are her backups

Years wearing this shoe: 7

Break-in process: After sewing the shoes, she removes the two nails from the middle of the shank and bends it to form to her foot. Then she softens the bunion area of the box with water and applies jet glue inside the tip.

Number of pairs she uses a week: Between 2 and 4