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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Pointe Shoes

In the Atlantic, Suzanne Fischer discusses the pointe shoe as a "technological artifact."


Author:  Sydney [ Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pointe Shoes

what i want to discuss abin Pointe Shoes, Bloch is unusual in having three pointe shoes designed specially for beginners, one for each type of foot. The "beginners" tag means they're priced at the budget end of the range, with few "fancy" features, and are very supportive.

The Amelie is a somewhat tapered shoe, best for a Grecian foot. It has a heat-activated paste which molds to the foot during the first few hours of wear - then you simply coat the inside of the box with shellac or jet glue, and the shoes will hold that shape.

If you have square (Giselle) toes, the Amelie won't suit you - but the Aspiration may. It's a durable budget shoe designed for new students.

Bloch's third beginners' pointe shoe, for Egyptian feet, is the Sylphide, which offers a rounded toe to make it easier to roll up en pointe.

Unfortunately, just because Bloch has three shoes to offer, that doesn't mean one of them must fit your feet. There are other factors to consider, like the length of your toes or the profile of your foot.

There are one or two more "student" or "beginner" shoes made by other pointe shoe makers, but the bottom line is - find yourself a shoe that fits, regardless of its label. That's the right shoe for you as a beginner.

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