Paste is a specially formulated glue-like substance, which is used in both the process of hardening the toe Block/Box and attaching the Insole to the inside of the pointe shoe. Bloch uses three different Paste formulas to give you a variety of options when it comes to choosing the pointe shoe best suited to your foot.
The standard paste is Paste A, which is a firm, hard Paste and was initially formulated to stand up to Australia's hot and humid climate.
Bloch Pointe Shoes with Paste A: Aspiration, Concerta, European Balance, Hannah, Heritage, Jetstream, Serenade, Sontata, Suprima, Sylphide, Demi Pointe, Sole (demi)
Paste B was developed because dancers wanted a Paste to mold faster to the shape of the foot. This Paste is extremely malleable and will break down faster than Paste A.
Pointe Shoes with Paste B: Alpha, Amelie Soft, Axiom, Synergy
TMT™ Paste (Thermo-Morph Technology), is a ground-breaking, patent pending heat activated Paste exclusive to Bloch, which can be molded to the shape of the foot by the use of direct hot air from a hair dryer. Traditionally, the process of breaking in Pointe shoes has been long and tedious. To redress this, Bloch has developed Thermo Morph Technology (TMT)™, an advanced formula heat activated paste. TMT™ enables you drastically accelerate the breaking in process by molding your Pointe shoes to the uniques contours of your feet from the very first wear. The Axis Pointe shoe, which uses TMT™ paste, is labelled ‘left’ and ‘right’. Once the TMT™ has been activated, the shoes will be molded to either the left or right foot.
Pointe Shoe with TMT™ paste: Axis
Go through steps 1-6 below with both shoes to mold the box. If the shank requires customisation, follow steps 7-9. Please note that TMT™ will not activate from the heat of the foot created by dancing.
MODIFYING YOUR TMT™ TOE BOX
Hold the blow dryer 4 inches from the demi pointe area of the outsole. Apply heat for 10 seconds.
Heat each side for 20 seconds. Heat the vamp (top of shoe, not platform) for 20 seconds. Heat the demi pointe area of the outsole for 20 seconds. Keep the blow dryer 4 inches from the satin to avoid marks.
While the shoe is still warm but not too hot, put the shoe on. Massage the toe area, molding the shoe to the contours of your foot.
Gripping the heel of the shoe, work through demi pointe 3 times.
Stand flat in the shoe and massage toe area again.
Do three tendues. Then leave shoe in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to set.
MODIFYING YOUR TMT™ SHANK
Fold back heel and put shoe on to identify the ¾ point of the arch area. Mark this point on the insole and then corresponding point on the outsole.
Heat just above the mark on the outsole for 20 seconds. Heat just above the ¾ mark on the insole for 20 seconds.
Firmly place your thumb on the ¾ mark on the outsole and bend the heel of the shoe down just above the ¾ mark. Ensure that you do not over-bend or bend below the ¾ mark. Leave shoe in the fridge for 5 minutes to set.
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