How to Darn Pointe Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

Darning pointe shoes has become a lost art, due to lack of knowledge. Darning the tips of your shoes will help your feet look more arched, break the shoe in correctly and provide more traction. Darning the tips of your pointe shoes can help you stand completely flat on the platform if you are having difficulty.

Thread your needle with about 3 feet of thick thread. Knot the end of your thread and cut the excess.

Insert your needle into the bottom of the platform, through the satin. (The platform is the part you stand on.) Starting in the bottom right hand corner, put the needle through the satin on the pleats section and pull through. Your needle will poke through the very edge of the platform. Pull the thread all the way through.

Make another stitch about ½ centimetre to the right. Rather than pull the needle through all the way, leave it halfway. Take the thread that is hanging out of the previous stitch and wrap it clockwise around the needle. Make sure the thread is tightly wrapped and hold it down as you pull the needle through. Continue stitching in this manner around the edge of the platform.

Reinforce your darn by sliding your thread through the spokes of the circle, and pull tight. Go all the way around. You don't have to go through the satin, just the thread.

Finish your circle where you began with the first knot. Circle the remaining thread around your needle twice before you pull it through to knot it. Tie another knot and trim the excess.


Match your thread to your shoes or make a statement with a different colour. A thimble will come in handy. If making the stitch is difficult, take it out and try again, but not so deep. You want it to go through the canvas underneath so that when the satin rips while you are dancing on it, the darned thread won't just fall away.


Don't make your stitches too far apart or too short.

Things You'll Need

  • Pointe shoes
  • Needle
  • Thick thread or floss
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