Pointe Shoe Profile: Mara Vinson

Published in the Dec 2009/Jan 2010 issue.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Mara Vinson


Brand: Freed of London
Size: 5XXX
Maker: Mostly “key”
Padding: None!
Years wearing this shoe: Eight or nine
Break-in process: She removes the heel section of the shank and softens the box with herfingers, then applies glue to both the tip and shank.
Number of pairs she uses: Depending on the ballet she’s dancing, it varies from one pair a show to one pair a week.