Another great way to put some life back into those softening pointe shoes is using wood hardeners. Minwax isn’t cheap (about $9.00 a pint) but it does a great job of restoring hardness to the box area of pointe shoes.
You can find Minwax at any hardware store. There are two different consistencies in the Minwax formula. One is a thinner liquid and the other is made for the customer to create and mix according to preference.
How to use
1. Find a well ventilated area as Minwax is toxic and has unpleasant fumes
2. If using the thinner formula pour 2-3 tablespoons into the toe of the pointe shoe and swish the wax around making sure to coat all the soft spots. Let dry for 2-4 hours.
3. If using the thicker version a paintbrush works well to apply the hardener evenly. Follow directions for drying time from the label.
Minwax wood hardener is actually a plastic chemically. No, it won’t turn your Capezio’s into Gaynors, but it may buy you time until those pointe shoes have to be replaced. Minwax can also be used as a sealant on new shoes to lock out moisture so they last longer. Use the thinnest coat possible.
Here is some Minwax information