Magazine article Dance Spirit

Special Specimens

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Special Specimens

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We've put this year's newest pointe shoes and slippers under the microscope.

POINTE SHOES

1. PEUCO ULTIMA BY GAMBA A "one quarter" pre-pointe shoe constructed without a shank to help beginners develop a feel for pointework; for use at the barre only.

2. PRO 2007 BY GRISHKO Virtually the same as Grishko's original 2007, except it boasts "top secret" sound-deadening materials beneath the box.

3. RUSSIAN POINTE BY BLOCH Designed to be extra quiet and has a shorter vamp than most traditional Russian V-vamp shoes.

4-. BALANCE BV BLOCH Built with a wider box to give toes more room and with a wider platform for easier balance. Features elastic binding; also features low-cut sides, a thin outsole and a heel seam cushion. The Balance European (also new; not pictured] resembles the Balance, but has a tapered box.

5. WILIS BY REPETTO An asymmetrical model designed specifically for the right and left foot.

6. PIETRA & MERLET: DEDICACE Sports a rounded vamp and square box with a wide platform.

7. GRANDE BY RUSSIAN POINTE Offers more space around the metatarsals and is recommended for dancers who need extra room around their toes or use bulkier padding, like gel pads.

8. STAGE PRO BY GAMBA A longer vamp and full shank offers stability for dancers with high arches.

SLIPPERS

9. BALLET LEATHER SLIPPER By FUZI INTERNATIONAL Split sole and lined with cotton to absorb sweat.

10. FULL-SOLE SLIPPER BY MONDOR Full sole with a suede insole.

11. M6 SPLIT-SOLE BALLET CLIPPER BY LIBERTS This splitsole leather shoe features suede forefoot and heel patches. …

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