Thanks for your speedy suggestions, Basheva!<P>My knees are probably slightly bowed (it's hard to get them to look straight) and I do have a flexible arch (though I was recently told that I may need a shorter vamp because my shoe seems to bend in the wrong place for me). I will keep working on placement and a suggestion that I try to "scoop" up into sous-sous rather than "jump". <P>I definitely have courage issues at one of the studios where I take classes - there is a new floor this year. It is a highly polished wood that the modern dancers seem to love, but is like a skating rink for pointe. Though we are allowed to use rosin (IF they have any that day) pointe shoes seem to either stick or slide depending on where you are in the room. It's very frustrating for us ballet types. I tend to be somewhat more successful at the other studio which has a vinyl-type floor, and I don't tense up with fear.<P>BTW everyone, how many years did it take you to find the "perfect" pointe shoes?