When breaking in pointe shoes it is important to use the stockings and padding that you will be using when you are dancing.
1. Place the foot inside the shoe with the material on the back of the shoe peeled back. Find the area of your foot where your heel ends and the sole of the foot begins, and work out where this corresponds to on the shank of the shoe.
2. Remove the shoe, and hold it securely to make sure that you do not weaken anywhere else in the shank.
3. Slowly and carefully weaken in the heel of the shoe so that the shank sits snugly along the line of your foot. This will create a nice little platform for your heel that will help you feel lifted out of your shoe.
4. Once you are happy with the heel break, try breaking in the demi-pointe area a little. This area of the shoe does not need much as you will be working through this area a lot in class!