The Art of the Pointe Shoe
Whether they are stinky, old, and torn up, or brand new with shiny satin, we find these pointe shoes equally gorgeous and almost as mystical as the dancers who wear them.
Photo: ROBERT MAXWELL. Jennie Somogyi, 29, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. "I've been a professional dancer for 13 years. I was on pointe at 8 years old, just one year after I started dancing, because my ballet teacher thought I was strong for my age. She told me never to pamper my feet. A lot of dancers tape their toes, but she said I shouldn't: If I was ever without tape, I wouldn't be able to dance."