How Do You Dye Ballet Pointe Shoes?

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Dyeing ballet pointe shoes is a part of the ballet tradition that can be both fun and frustrating. Pointe shoes come in a variety of colors, but many dancers prefer to dye them to match their costume or to create a special, unique look. Pointe shoe dyeing is relatively simple, but it takes some practice to achieve the desired results.

The first step in dyeing pointe shoes is preparing the material. Before beginning, make sure that the material is clean and dry.

If any dirt or sweat has built up on the canvas of the shoe, it should be washed with warm water and a mild detergent. Once clean and dry, use masking tape or painters tape to cover any areas you don’t want to be dyed, such as ribbons and elastic.

Once prepared, you can begin dying your pointe shoes. The most common method for dying pointe shoes is with fabric dye.

Fabric dye comes in many colors and can be found at most craft stores or online. When selecting a fabric dye color, consider how light your pointe shoe is and choose a color that will work best with that shade. To begin dying your pointe shoes:

  • Fill a medium-sized pot with enough water to submerge the entire area you wish to dye.
  • Add fabric dye following instructions on package or bottle.
  • Place your prepared pointe shoes into the pot of water and fabric dye.
  • Stir the contents for about 10 minutes.

Be careful not to stir too vigorously as this could damage your pointes!

  • Removethe shoes from the pot when they reach desired color.

Let them air dry before removing any tape or wrapping them in tissue paper for storage.


Dyeing ballet pointe shoes can be a fun way to customize your look while also preserving an important part of ballet tradition. With some practice and patience, you’ll soon have perfectly dyed pointes ready for performance!