It is a major rite of passage for the ballet student to finally get their pointe shoes and to begin the study of pointe work. Pointe shoes are themselves fascinating pieces of foot ware which have evolved for a century and require a high level of craftsmanship to make, but it is hard to visualize what all goes into the making of the diminutive symbol of the art of ballet. So here is a great video by the series How It's Made showing the process from raw materials to finished product. It also reveals a bit about the reason pointe shoes must be broken in following a specific method unlike flat shoes which can be worn right out of the box. Enjoy!