Mice Fiestas Pointe Shoes From Spain

Mice Fiestas Pointe Shoes

Mice Fiestas are handmade in Spain

From the land of clicking castanets and Flamenco dancing comes another  pointe shoe brand discovery, Mice Fiestas of Spain.

Mice Fiestas means My Parties in Spanish. Although the company logo is a cute little mouse, the word Mice is pronounced meese in Spanish. The play on word pronunciation between the two languages via a mouse logo is quite clever.

Mice Fiestas was established in Madrid, Spain in 1995. They sell many different types of dance garments, shoes and accessories. The most I can share about the pointe shoe model is that it is a genuine made-in-Spain brand.

MouseI am muy triste ( very sad) that their online catalog page loads as a blank when I click the ballet-pointe shoe category image. Although they have Twitter and Facebook accounts, there is no activity on either site to do more sleuthing.

Mice Fiestas Official Website- Click on the bottom image that says Haga click to enter the website.

Capezio’s Latest Pointe Shoe Model-The Airess

Capezio AiressPronounced like the rich-girl-sounding name of heiress, Capezio has cleverly named their latest pointe shoe model Airess. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but clever nonetheless!

This model looks a bit different from many of the others in their collection. The first thing that stands out is the rosy-pink colored liner. The stamp pattern on the sole is also different.

The Airess reminds me a little of the Aerial with its wide metatarsal area and sharp taper down to the platform.

Capezio Airess sole

The sole is unique on the Airess

What makes the Airess special? According to Capezio, the model offers:

  • 2 different toe box options and 3 shank options
  • Gripping no-bunch liner for traction
  • A rounded platform edge for rolling onto pointe easier
  • Smooth heel aesthetics

Read Capezio’s detailed specifications on the Airess

I wish all pointe shoe models had a video  showing them in action on a real dancer’s feet.  As with any new model, time ( and dancer reviews)  will tell  if the Airess passes muster with many or flops into pointe shoe oblivion.

Sutorio De Maserejian-The End Of A Cobbler’s Legacy?

Sutorio de Maserejian-Ballet SlipperA while ago, I had discovered another pointe shoe brand based in Argentina. Because I post in random order, I took it for granted that the brand, its products and its website would still be up and running when I got around to writing about it.

The brand name of the company was called Sutorio De Maserejian. The word sutorio means belonging to or related to the art of making shoes. When I first discovered the brand, I had an interesting time learning about the company and its founder, Stephan Artin Maserejian.

Sadly, when I revisited the old company website, the domain was no longer viable. There were wonderful family photos and pictures of the workshop where the dance shoes were made by hand in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After doing some online searching, I found the obituary of Stephan Maserejian. His legacy and life story are really inspiring. There is a memorial slide show that includes a photograph of a cobblers bench from his company workshop.

Leotard by Sutorio de MaserejianI have tried to contact his wife and son through their Facebook pages to find out what happened to the company brand name. I am hopeful that I will get a response although they don’t appear very active on the site.

Searching the company name brings up the old Argentina address and there are references online to a location in El Salvador, but it leads nowhere. I will have to put this brand under the mystery category.

Sutorio de Maserejian dance garments and shoes can still be found for sale on eBay-type sites in South America. Unless I can contact the Maserejian family and find out otherwise, this brand name may have sadly disappeared into the pages of pointe shoe history with the passing of its founder.

Antares Dance Line Pointe Shoe From Italy

Flickr.com, Italian Flag by Ed Yourdon, no modifications, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/There are many people the world over that admire the craftsmanship of Italian shoes. Italy dominates the world of high fashion designer footwear. Some people actually travel to Italy once a year to attend fashion shows and purchase Italian-made shoes.

As far as cobblers pride and striving for quality first, Italian-made footwear products are at the top of the list; that includes pointe shoes. Speaking of Italian brands,  we can now add a model by Antares of Italy to our list!

 The Antares Dance Line Company

The Antares Company has its headquarters in Monza, Italy, not far from the border of Switzerland. They own and operate an ultra-trendy dance shop and have been in business since the 1980’s . Antares has a wide selection of professional dance shoes, costumes and accessories. Their shoe designs are beautiful; especially the metallic embellished styles in their VIP Collection.

Antares pointe shoe

Italian model Antares

After making an inquiry about their pointe model through their Facebook page, they were gracious enough to respond to me.

Grazie, Antares.

According to Andrea Antares, the model is manufactured by them  in Italy.

It can be custom designed for either a beginner or a professional. 

The model featured here appears to have high sides, a u-shaped vamp, a low profile and a wide, but narrow platform. It has beautiful aesthetics.

A Real Passion For Dance

One of the first things I noticed about this company is that you can feel their high energy and passion for all things dance. You can see it in the company photos. You can feel it through the decor of their shop in Monza.

This Italian shoe-business listing site has wonderful photos of the Antares shop, some products and company members; Negozi de Scarpa Italy.

You can learn more about their dance products by visiting their official website, Scarpeantares.it.  Click on Scarpe Donna, then go to Classica under the Non Solo Latina category to see the pointe shoe and ballet slipper.

Visiting the Antares Dance Line page on Facebook gives you a great idea of the exciting apparel they offer the dance world.

 

Flag photo: Flickr.com, Italian Flag by Ed Yourdon, no modifications, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

Evidence Pointe Shoes From Brazil

If you need hard proof about something, you expect to see some evidence to convince you that a thing is true. This post is proof that I have discovered another Brazilian pointe shoe brand; Evidence.

Evidence pointe shoes

The Evidence Ballet Company has been in business since 2008 as a supplier and manufacturer of dance wear products in and around Camapanha, Brazil. I was very, very pleased to discover this company by accident while surfing You-tube.

Depending on which route you take, Camapanha is approximately a 6 hour drive inland from Rio de Janeiro and the coast. It’s exciting to see how many brands are popping up from Brazil. Pointe shoe factories must be busy down there.

Brazil mapIt’s intriguing to find yet another manufacturer in a non-English speaking country that has products with names that we recognize and can pronounce.

Even the name Evidence Ballet wouldn’t give you a clue that we were talking about a Brazilian maker, would it?

Evidence Ballet Offers 3 Models: The Lisse, Essential And Box Soleil

The Lisse is their professional model. It has a u-shaped vamp and is constructed with a nylon insole for flexibility. 

The Essential  is their beginner model. The toe platform has a flat base and softer toe box to help students gain strength for releve onto pointe. The toe box is covered with a suede cap for traction.

The Box Soleil is advertised as a pre-arched shoe made with specially blended materials that adapt quickly to foot shape and make the shoe more durable.

All  of the models are advertised as heat moldable shoes and come with ribbons and elastic attached. All three come with a choice of two widths; medium or large and three shank strengths; normal, reinforced or super-reinforced.

As I mention above, I discovered this company browsing through You-tube. I thought I would share that same video with you.

A Dancer Reviews The Evidence Lisse Pointe Shoe ( In Portugese)

 

Sadly, without Google Translate, I can’t tell if the Lisse received a good review. I hope it did. From my vantage point, they all look well-made and have a nice balanced aesthetic. I think they are pretty.

If you want to see the models up close and see more photos, you can visit their official website, Evidence Ballet. Click on Sapatilhas, then choose Sapatilhas de ponta.  Warning; the shoe images are beyond HUGE!

They also have a very active Facebook page where you can see more of their dance apparel and accessories, including some lovely ballet slippers.

Evidence Ballet on Facebook