If ever I get a chance to visit the ballet shoe “underworld” in St. Petersburg, Russia, I would have a lot of questions to ask about the seemingly secret society of cobblers who construct gorgeous pointe shoes that are so rarely mentioned or photographed. The pointe shoe in question is the Russian-made Galina shown here.
This is indeed a mystery shoe. To get a closer look at the words on the liner, click on the photo. What is obvious is that the name of this pointe shoe honors Galina Ulanova, who was one of the most respected and revered teachers of ballet technique in Russia and around the world.
Pointe shoes this lovely should never be kept hidden from the general market. Of course, they may well be easily accessed by Russian Dancers who commission professional cobblers for custom-made pointe shoes in St. Petersburg, a theatrical mecca.
The name Galina may be a brand name or it could be a model name from an unknown collection. It is finding new shoes like this that makes my blog a never-ending quest for information and inspires me to “stay on the hunt”.