Found Memories | Dancing Shoes

March 4, 2017 Found Memories, Home Sweet Home 4

“Found Memories” is a series of little vignettes featuring a few of our favorite things and the memories associated with them.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my once-upon-a-time ballet “career” (after having dug out an old show program + backstage pass from our novice production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird). Well, I’ve been tidying up a little more in my hobby room, and I stumbled across a few more ballet souvenirs — including a few very beat-up/well-loved pairs of shoes.

Pictured here: character shoes, split sole slippers, my first pair of pointe shoes (the super gross pink ones) and my last pair of pointe shoes (the slightly less gross peach ones). I guess it might be a bit odd to hold onto old broken down torture-shoes… but a lot of blood, sweat, and tears — yes, literally, all of that — went into these babies.

Well, TBH I have no idea what to do with them. It isn’t as though they will fit into a scrapbook. I don’t want to just take a photo and toss them, either, because a large part of their memory-appeal (to me) is their physical, tactical qualities. So I’m open to suggestions! Have any of y’all managed to “archive” stuff like this?

4 Responses to “Found Memories | Dancing Shoes”

  1. Aylee

    Well, I have no advice to give you on how to archive this kind of stuff unfortunately, but I would be curious if you come up with a solution! I still have my ballet and point shoes somewhere as well, probably sitting in a drawer at my parents’ place collecting dust, so it would be nice to showcase them in some way. I agree that I wouldn’t just want to toss them, so many memories attached. Maybe check Pinterest?

    • Louise

      Oh yeah, I bet I could dig up something on Pinterest. I think I’m going to rip the ribbons out of the older pair of pointe shoes and use them for another project… those things never fit properly anyway, my main association with them is pain and awkwardness haha.

    • Louise

      Whoa, those shoe display things are cool! I’ll be digging through that website to see what all is on offer.

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