Demand the best: pointe shoes to meet your expectations.
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Muse by Russian Pointe
A pre-arched shoe in your choice of a V-cut vamp with no drawstring or a U-cut vamp with a drawstring. It has an extra-wide platform, generous box, and medium crown. $80 www.russianpointer.com
V-Vamp shoe by Fuzi
A low-vamp shoe suited for feet with high arches. It features a durable but flexible shank and soft pads at the heel and box for comfort. $58 www.fuzi.net
I need my shoes to not be a distraction. The more they are a part of my body, the better off I am. I don't want to fight against the shoe."
--Emily Gotschall, Ballet Met
"I want to have a line all the way through my leg straight and down. My shoe shouldn't let me overshoot in my arch or pull me back."
--Andrea Vierra, Nashville Ballet
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Stage Pro by Gamba
Includes supple full-sole and a choice of medium or large box. A shoe designed for advanced dancers. $70 www.repetto.com
Glisse Pro by Capezio/ Ballet Makers, Inc.
Features a medium vamp, low sides, low heel, wide platform and hand-flattened crown Designed with new pleating for quieter steps. $7.5 www.capeziodance.com
Hannah by Bloch
A lightweight shoe deslgned for dancers who want to build strength Built on a curved last with a supple InSOle desin. Features include: a medium vamp, wide platform, full outsole, and low-cut skies $69 www.blochworld.com
"I don't like having a drawstring. You're always worried about tucking in that little knot."
--Helen Daigle, Louisville Ballet
"I'm in the corps and we do a lot of full-lengths. I need the shoe to last all the way through a ballet like Swan Lake.
They need to be light, but they need to last."
--Chelsea Adomaitis, corps de ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet
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Lyrica by Sansha
Designed for students with medium feet. It has a high V-shaped vamp, very strong shank, high sides, and a streamlined box. $36 www.sansha.com
Gala by Prima Soft
Designed to encourage rolling through the foot, the Gala features the Prima Soft "perfect--placement toe box." Choose natural or hard graduated shank. $70 www.prima-soft.com
Choose a standard shoe or opt for a special order. Standard options include your choice of vamp depth and width. $94 ($100 for a special order) www.freedusa.com
La Carlotta by Repetto
Equally suited for pre-professional or professional use. La Carlotta features a reinforced tip and comfortable box. $78 www.repetto.com
Claudia by So Danca
Features a V-cut vamp and drawstrings to avoid gaping. Designed to promote balancing with lateral support and broad box. $66 www.sodanca.com
"In contemporary work I wear a more broken-in shoe with a softer tip and shank so I can lean off and not slip. If the shoe hasn't had time to relax then you'll fall or go over too far."--Aara Krumpe, Ballet Austin
"I have small feet, and on small shoes the tip is all that much smaller. So I look for a nice, flat, large platform."--Kimberly Cowen, Kansas City Ballet
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Solo Prequel by Suffolk Pointe
Constructed to discourage "sitting" in the shoe. It has a broad platform for stability and a low, U shaped vamp. $95 www.sufolkpointeusa.com
Triumph by Grishko
Designed based on features requested by Diana Vishneva and Svetlana Zakharova. A lightweight shoe with large platform, anti-slip sole, low heel, and U-shaped vamp. $87.95 www.grishko.com
Advanced Pointe shoe (#MS101A) by Mirella Features include a short, U-shaped vamp and low-cut sides. The outer sole is curved to hug the foot and has flat pleats for stability. $73 www.mirella-dance.com
Veronese II by Chacott
A lightweight shoe that is easy to break in. It has a tapered, V-shaped vamp and is designed with young dancers in mind. $90 www.freedusa.com
Custom shoe by Gaynor Minden
Each shoe is customized. You choose your overall length, box, width, shank stiffness, vamp length, heel height, and satin. From $102.50 www.dancer.com
Please note: Some tables or figures were omitted from this article.
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