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The best to gel pads?
By miss_star_dancermember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 657, member since Wed Mar 31, 2004
On Thu Feb 09, 2017 03:12 AM

Hi Guys!

After using the same gel ouch pouches for 10 years they have certainly become retired.

I know technology has evolved and I'm just wondering what you guys use, whats best for comfort!

Thank you!

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re: The best to gel pads?
By Dancing_EMTmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3466, member since Wed Dec 08, 2004
On Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:47 PM
I absolutely hate ouch pouches. Way too thick for me and they're so thick that they hurt. I love the toe savers skinny dips or elite padding. Or depending on the shoe I'm wearing, I don't wear anything.
re: The best to gel pads?
By Gracie220 Comments: 51, member since Tue Feb 24, 2015
On Fri Feb 10, 2017 09:48 AM
It definitely depends on the shoe for me, since I sometimes like to try different pointe shoes I haven't tried before. With my go-to shoe, Grishko 2007, I usually wear spacers between my big toes and second toes, and then a jelly tip on my second toes (my big toe and second toe are about the same length). I usually just wear a lambswool pad with those, because ouch pouches are too thick unless I go up a width in the shoe size. Sometimes I use the wool pads that have a gel tip, too.
I like using ouch pouches with Bloch Axioms and a few others, which have a little more width to them. Something to note with ouch pouches now is that the multi-colored ouch pouches (i.e. purple/fuchsia, blue/lime green, etc.) are a little more fitted, which works really well for people like me who have narrow feet and/or tapered toes.
re: The best to gel pads?
By miss_star_dancermember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 657, member since Wed Mar 31, 2004
On Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:40 AM
Thank you for your replies, I myself wear Grishko 2007, I have just purchased the purple ouch pouches as I also have narrow feet too :)
re: The best to gel pads?
By SarahdncrPremium member Comments: 634, member since Wed Jul 29, 2009
On Sun Feb 12, 2017 08:57 AM
I use Eurotard ToeFlo gel pads in addition to jelly tips to my big toe and 2nd toe on each foot.
re: The best to gel pads?
By CinderEmma Comments: 135, member since Mon Sep 05, 2016
On Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:25 AM
Edited by CinderEmma (277630) on 2017-02-14 10:26:50 additonal info
I use Eurotard gel pads, too. I don't think I could ever dance in pointe shoes without them. The ones I use cost about twenty dollars a pair.
re: The best to gel pads?
By cara7 Comments: 189, member since Wed Aug 07, 2013
On Thu Mar 16, 2017 06:07 AM
Edited by cara7 (260547) on 2017-03-16 06:11:15
Edited by cara7 (260547) on 2017-03-16 06:30:11
Edited by cara7 (260547) on 2017-03-16 06:30:44
Hi! I also had Bunheads Ouch Pouch, but soon found out that Pillows for Pointes "GELLOWS" are more comfy but don't take up more space. One side is a thin layer of soft gel (not bulky at the tip, you can feel the floor very well!), other side Cool Max fabric. If you want super-super-slim gel pads, go for Danztech Toesavers "SKINNY DIPS", these are SO thin, almost non-existent, but very effective & comfy (the Gelastic Gel is very impact absorbing and jelly-like). Only downside: the gel separates more easily from the fabric, but if you cut away the ribbed hem (they are trimmable), the gel is less likely to separate, and Talcum is important after each use as the gel becomes sticky otherwise. If you do that, Skinny Dips last much longer. With Gellows I did not have that problem, but they are not as slim & stretchy as Skinny Dips and slightly thicker. Both are seamless & trimmable.

www.danztech.com . . .

Hope that helps...
re: The best to gel pads?
By DanceHeart99member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 200, member since Mon Nov 21, 2011
On Mon May 15, 2017 05:23 PM
Wear moi gel toe pads! They're really thin unlike some gel toe pads but since they're not cloth or lambswool, they never flatten/wear out. I also like the classic ouch pouches when I'm wearing a slightly less snug shoe

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