Did Anna Pavlova have much to do with inventing pointe shoes for classical ballet?
Fanny Bias was the first "recorded" ballerina to wear pointe shoes in Charles-Louis Didelot's ballet titled Flore et Zephire. Marie Taglioni then went on to make pointe a norm for all ballerinas. Her ballet shoes were flat shoes with a leather pointed toe. Anna Pavlova didn't actually invent the pointe shoe but she did add the leather sole to it to support her high arch. She is credited for making what is most similar to today's modern pointe shoe. I think at one time of her life she wore Capezios... not sure though.