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Hobbies & Collectibles
What is the shank on a pointe shoe?
Which pointe shoes have carbon fiber?
Asked in Ballet
What is the future of the ballet shoe?
Long explantion of pointe shoe history (skip this if you already know about pointe shoes ) I haven't heard anything about ballet shoes (canvas or leather soft shoes) changing besides companies maybe finding better (lighter and more durable) materials to make them out of. Pointe shoes on the other hand are consistently changing. Originally, pointe shoes used to be made out of wood and very hard materials. This was okay at the beginning of pointe work just because dancers didn't have the feet and strength dancers have today. Over time though, the pointe shoe has become relatively soft compared to its ancestors. Now pointe shoes are made of layers of fabric and paste. This allows the pointe shoe to be softer and more flexible. New advances in pointe shoe technology Gaynor Minden Recently new advances in pointe shoes include a flexible plastic shank introduced by the pointe shoe company Gaynor Minden. They advertise this new shank as long lasting and a pointe shoe that it has the feeling of an already broken shank (leather sole that supports the foot). I personally know a girl who has amazing feet and has worn both Russians and Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. She said that Gaynor's really require a lot of foot strength via the flexible shank, versus the Russians which have support, but die easily. Nike The most interesting advancement in pointe shoes (and probably why you wrote this question) is Nike's concept idea of a sport pointe shoe. Released last year, this concept sports a black pointe shoe made of some durable, yet flexible material that can supposedly last way longer than normal pointe shoes. As i said earlier, this is a CONCEPT. As we have seen this year, Nike has already started to dabble in the dance field, by introducing their "Studio Wrap" shoes. If Nike indeed decides to pursue this concept, I think there will a lot of resistance. Ballet is know as a graceful and classical sport/art form, and bringing in a modren looking shoe might upset people. In addition, most pointe shoe companies have been making pointe shoes for around a hundred years. This has lead to multiple versions of pointe shoes and extensive knowledge of the pointe shoe. Unless Nike gets some very knowledgeable pointe shoe manufactories on its side, I think no dancer will take the product seriously.
Asked in Ballet, Shoes, Demi Lovato
Where can you order demi pointe shoes?
Asked in Ballet
What is the function of a pointe shoe?
a pointe shoe is a shoe used in ballet to give the illusion of effortlessness. althought it can be painful, pointe dancing is beautiful and graceful. a pointe shoe is made of plaster, glue, satin, and many other things. search "the making of pointe shoes" on youtube.com and there are some great videos.
When do you get new pair of pointe shoes?
The perfect pointe shoes for someone who has a high instep but needs a very flexible shoe?
Asked in Shoes
How do you get the sound out of a pair of pointe shoes?
Why is ballet dancer able to rotate on her toes?
ballet dancers enable themselves to rotate or 'pirouette' on her toes by the use of very helpful pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are made of a soft material at the heel, but at the 'vamp' (where your toes begin) a slight wooden material is used to make a flat surface on the box or shank of the shoe. This is why ballerinas can rise 'en pointe' as we dancers say
Asked in Ballet
How do you tell when your pointe shoes are dead?
For different people, shoes die in different ways. I know when my shoes are dead when the shank (kind of like the sole) is too flexible and is over bending and/or the box (the tip of the shoe) is very mushy. Sometimes, the box dies first and that mushiness causes over bending in the shank and sometimes the shank goes first which makes the box mushy. It depends really.
Asked in Shopping, Performing Arts, Shoes
How do you get fitted for point shoes?
There are a bunch of sizes by width and length so you'll have pointe shoes that are made for you! Well first off you will have to have a good enough arch to actually go up on pointe. I am a size 7 1/2 in street shoe and my pointe shoe size is 5 1/2 so pointe shoes say they are 2 sizes down, ( but still the same length of shoe ). You will probably try on many different types of brands and sizes to figure out what shoe sreally fits you. You should probably have a professional pointe shoe sizer so you can get the best out of your pointe. Hope this helped!