We at Carmel’s DO NOT advocate the manipulation of the box and/or shank of your pointe shoes with anything other than your feet. This includes the addition of water or other liquid to the shoes as well as manual manipulation with your hands or other object.
If you attempt to bend the shank or flatten the box with your hands or any other object you run the risk of breaking the box and/or shank. When the box and/or shank are broken the shoes will be too soft to properly support your feet on pointe. When this happens the shoes must be replaced.
We at Carmel’s feel that the best way to break in your new pointe shoes is to allow your feet to naturally break them in. As you wear your pointe shoes the box will flatten, become wider and mold to the shape of your feet. The shanks will also become more flexible and will arch more closely with your feet.
Allowing your feet to naturally break the shoes in will help to extend the life of your shoes and will allow the shoes to properly support your feet for as long as possible.