All ballet shoes should be carried in a separate calico bag and hung to air when not in use. This will markedly prolong the life of the shoes. Pointe shoes will soften much quicker if not aired.
A drawstring runs around the upper edge of the shoe and tightens this edge so that it lies close to the foot with no gaping. The drawstring should be tied in a double knot with the ends tucked inside the shoe. This goes for boys shoes as well as girls shoes.
Your need four ribbons, about 2.5cm wide and 50cm long. Fold the heel so that it lies flat along the sole.
Position the ribbons on the insides of the shoe, just in front of the folds on either side, as shown in the picture above.
Sew the ribbon to the inside canvas rather than through to the outer fabric. Avoid the drawstring on the edge of the shoe.
For elastics, you need a piece for each shoe about 1cm wide and 12cm long. Position them by the folds, as for the ribbons.
Put your foot flat on the floor. Take the inside ribbon and pass it over your foot and around the back of your ankle to the front.
Pass this ribbon around the back of your ankle again, and bring it to the inside. Take hold of the outer ribbon.
Pass the outer ribbon over your foot and around the back of your ankle.Bring it over your foot and to the inside of your ankle.
Knot the ribbons firmly just above the inside of the ankle in a double knot. Then tuck the loose ends in neatly.