Capezio Brazil Creates A Division For Cecilia Kerche Pointe Shoes

CK31-La Sylphide

CK31-La Sylphide

Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart….remember that song? That is exactly how I felt when I clicked on the Cecilia Kerche website link on the sidebar only to find a big notice that says: ACCOUNT SUSPENDED. Please say it isn’t so, Cecilia!

Her beautiful website was years in the making. It was filled with eye-catching videos and most of all, pointe shoes that were HER own brand. Back in 2012, I made a post announcing that her site was finally up and running. Her pointe model Cinderella captivated me.

Capezio Of Brazil Now Has A Cecilia Kerche Division

After finding her website down, I discovered that Capezio of Brazil has added a Cecilia Kerche section in their footer navigation bars.  When you click on the link, a pop-up announces that is has a new model to offer. Can you guess what the model is called? Yes, it’s the CK40- Cinderella.

 CK40 Cinderella  Announcement As New ( Nova) on Capezio Brazil

This is the SAME model that made its debut on her site in 2012. If Capezio is announcing the CK40 Cinderella as “new”, then perhaps the business collaboration is quite recent.

What is very unusual is that Capezio Brazil has published links to the now-suspended Cecilia Kerche domain on the sales pages of her shoes. I’ve never seen a major dancewear company sending traffic out to another website this way. Isn’t pointe shoe world fascinating?

Her Video Archives Continue To Inspire

 Was This A Coerced Takeover , Or A Smart Business Move?

Imagine if you were to launch your own brand of pointe shoes. You would have to either build your own private factory, or commission an established manufacturer to do it for you.

For this work, the manufacturer would expect a cut of the sales profits. If the company is large enough, they might offer to give you a lump sum plus a small percentage of sales to buy your brand name and sell it under theirs.

In fact, if they are the only large-scale operation in town, they could refuse to make products for a competitor.  That is the unromantic reality of the pointe shoe business.

Will The Purity Of The Cecilia Kerche Brand Remain Intact?

Cecilia Kerche

Cecilia Kerche in serene repose.

After so much confusion with the blended SoDanca-CK label, it was refreshing to see such a popular and well-loved dancer break away to do her own thing. Now that Capezio is selling her models, we have to wait and see how the shoes are going to be stamped and marketed.

If they are imprinted CK on the inside, but Capezio Brazil on the sole, dancer’s will now refer to them as Capezio CK’s.

Sadly, with much regret, I now go to do that which I must do; delete Cecilia’s website link from the sidebar :(

 

Out of respect for her personal privacy, I will not be trying to contact Cecilia Kerche to find out why her lovely website is no more.

 

 

 

Sogei Pointe Shoes; As Beautiful As A Japanese Garden

Sogei Pointe Shoe Sole

Sogei Pointe Shoe Sole

As much I love discovering any kind of new pointe shoe brand, I love it even more when they take my breath away because of  their sheer loveliness.

I always thought that Ballerina and Sylvia of Japan had some pretty models, but now we have another Japanese brand to drool over; Sogei.

A Little Bit About Sogei

The Sogei Dancewear Company is based in Tokyo, Japan with its headquarters in Nerima-ku. It was founded by Endo Quing in 1950. He  had a passionate quest to create hand-cobbled pointe shoes that wouldn’t kill a dancer’s feet with poor fit, no support and ugly aesthetics.

Translating Japanese To English Is A Challenge

Japanese-garden

The peaceful serenity of a Japanese garden

As this website grows and grows, so does my interest in ballet “jargon” in other languages.  Because Google Translate is just a basic tool, sometimes it simply doesn’t translate certain words from one language to the next. Japanese into English is one of those examples.

However, some are easy enough to guess. Take for instance, the Sogei models named Borishoi and Ohrora. In ballet lingo, we can assume that this is how Bolshoi and Aurora are spelled or pronounced in Japanese.

Sogei Specializes In Pointe Shoe Making 

When I found the Sogei website, I browsed through the navigation just taking a wild guess at what category I was clicking on. Without using Google translate, it took me a few minutes to realize that Sogei of Japan is a 100% dance shoe manufacturer.

Not having to hunt through dozens of leotard and accessory pages makes it easier when you are a “tourist” who doesn’t speak the language. With this company, it’s all about the shoes. The Sogei Collection encompasses six models plus one pre-pointe; Toe Balance, Royal, Borishoi, Ohrora, Cerrito, Elisabeth and Pre-Toe.

Exploring The Pretty Sogei Pointe Shoe Models

Sogei Toe Balance pointe shoes

Toe Balance by Sogei

The Toe Balance Specifications:

The Toe Balance is one of the newest models to the Sogei collection. It made its debut in April of 2014.

  • Created with a wide center of balance for extra stability
  • Available in 4 widths and 3 shank strengths
  • Choose from v-vamp or u-shape throat

 


Sogei Borishoi pointe shoes

Borishoi by Sogei

 The Borishoi Specifications:

  • A V-vamp Russian-style shoe with low-cut sides to enhance the arch.
  • Tapered toe box suitable for narrow feet.

 


 

Sogei Ohrora pointe shoes

Sogei Ohrora

 The Ohrora Specifications:

  • A customized model where you can choose heel depth, shank strength, width, sides and profile preferences.

 


Sogei Royal

Sogei Royal

 The Royal Specifications:

  • European-cut shoe suitable for many foot types.
  • Comes in v-vamp or u-shape with several choices of shank strengths.

 


 

Sogei Pre-Toe pointe shoes

Pre-Toe by Sogei

The Pre-Toe

  • A pre-pointe model to condition the feet for real pointe shoes.
  • All of the Sogei models are made of the finest texture of  satin. They photograph beautifully.

 

Pointe Shoes Made To Fit Dancer Specifications On Order 

Navigating the website looks scary if you can’t read Japanese. If you visit the official website of Sogei,  click on the 3rd category button down on the left side to see the shoes. The 4th button also shows more variations.

The Pre-Toe is featured with the soft slippers here: http://www.sogei-shoes.com/other.html

My personal favorite is the elegant Borishoi. I also find it admirable that a company like Sogei of Japan chooses to focus all of their energy and skills on creating one thing and one thing only; shoes for dancers. That probably makes them very, very good at what they do.


Getting To The Pointe Of La Pointes ; Sansha Vs Wear Moi

How many La Pointes does it take to dance on your toes? Apparently, it takes several manufacturers and many varieties to keep us en pointe La Pointe style. In one of my previous posts, I spoke about discovering the new model La Pointe by Wear Moi back in February of 2012.

Because it was so new at that time, there were few pictures other than the images found on their website. Hunting around,  I recently discovered that Sansha also makes their own La Pointe models. Seven to be exact.

La Pointe Models From Wear Moi Are Made To Order

Wear Moi La PointeWear Moi offers this model as one that can be tweaked to a dancer’s specifications.

According to the order page, La Pointes can be chosen  with either a tapered or a square toe box.  You can then choose from a large variety of specs:

  1. Shanks-Extra soft, soft, medium, hard, reinforced hard, reinforced extra-hard.
  2. Soles- Full, 3/4 or 1/2
  3. Sizes and widths- 13 through 9, narrow, medium, wide, extra-wide, x extra-wide
  4. Options- V-shaped vamps and different ribbon choices

La Pointe Models From Sansha- Another Collection Of Specialized Shoes

Sansha La Pointe Number 1

Sansha La Pointe Number 1

Sansha has continued to grow its pointe shoe collection into a vast array of models. They seem to branch out faster than I can keep up.

Besides the classic Sansha collection, dancers can choose from the F.R. Duvall collection and now the La Pointe collection.

Sansha La Pointes Are 7 Individual Shoe Types

Isn't this a unique vamp style? I have seen dancers insert elastic into their vamps, but have never seen a pre-made elasticized vamp on a new pointe shoe. Interesting!

Sansha La Pointe 7. Isn’t this a unique vamp style? I have seen dancers insert elastic into their vamps, but have never seen a pre-made elasticized vamp on a new pointe shoe. Interesting!

Instead of having one shoe created much like a custom order, Sansha’s La Pointes are ready to go. Each one of the seven models is uniquely different:

  1. La Pointe One- A professional lightweight shoe with low sides, a split sole, soft shank, u-vamp and pre-darned platform.
  2. La Pointe Two- This one has a v-vamp, strong shank and almost a square-shaped box.
  3. La Pointe Three- Rounded v-vamp, 3/4 strong pre-arched shank and full sole.
  4. La Pointe Four- This one is a Russian-styled model for strong feet. It comes with a strong 3/4 shank and is constructed with elastic inserts. The toe box platform comes fully darned.
  5. La Pointe Five- A professional shoe with a soft shank, short vamp and wide, square platforms.
  6. La Pointe Six- Short vamp, square box designed for narrow feet. A light shoe with very low sides.
  7. La Pointe Seven-High sides and heel construction. Short v-vamp and the hardest shank of the collection.
I am intrigued by the Sansha company; a French founder making Russian-style shoes, yet naming them Numero 1 which is Spanish for "number".

I am intrigued by the Sansha company; a French founder making Russian-style shoes, yet naming them Numero 1 which is Spanish for “number”.

It appears that Sansha La Pointes are faster to receive from a customer’s perspective. Wear Moi La Pointes take 4 to 6 weeks  to receive because they are made to order.

There are lots of ballet shoe manufacturers that name their models the same names. Both the Wear Moi and the Sansha La Pointes are very, very different types of shoes, however.

HatchingWho came first, the chicken, the egg, the Sansha La Pointe or the Wear Moi version? I don’t recall seeing this collection from Sansha in the winter of 2012, but they may have already been on the market at that time.

I’ll guess I’ll have to “get cracking” on solving this one.

The Menkes Liceo: Sturdy Looking Spanish Pointe Shoes

Menkes storefront, Madrid, Spain

A Menkes storefront in Madrid, Spain

When you think of dancing in Spain, you naturally think about the passionate art of Flamenco performances. Nobody expresses the excitement of this genre more than the people of Spain.

Spain is an incredibly beautiful country. It has so many cultural and historic gemstones to be proud of; amazing food, scenic landscapes, vibrant music and good-looking people, of course.

What Spain also has is a well-established dance wear company that I have been thrilled to discover; Menkes. The hub of the company is located in beautiful Barcelona.

The Menkes Company Continues To Expand Globally

According to the company history page, Menkes has been in business for over 50 years creating top-quality costumes, theatrical supplies and many different types of dance shoes.  It was founded by  a passionate tailor/ costume maker, Marcos Menkes and has grown into a multinational supplier of dance goods. Menkes has shops all over Spain. They also have locations in Paris, Miami and in New York.

The Menkes Liceo Model- A Seriously Sturdy Looking Shoe

Liceo pointe shoes by Menkes

Liceo by Menkes

Liceo is an unusual name for a pointe shoe model, isn’t it? It wasn’t until I found the Spanish translation of this name that it made more sense.

According to the Spanish language translation, it means: A place where people gather to participate in cultural activities.

In this case, it’s a shoe where toes gather to participate in pointe work. Perfect. From the pictures, it appears that the Liceo is one of those work-horse type of pointe shoes that are made to last.

Menkes And Their Pointe Shoe Collection-Missing Facts

Menkes has a few company-related pages on Facebook. Because I didn’t see any pointe shoe models on their website for sale, I am highly curious to know how or if they can still be purchased. As usual, I am waiting for a reply from the Admin of one of those pages to learn more.

In the meantime, we have another Spanish pointe shoe brand that can be added to the sidebar. Olé !

Menkes Contact Information:

Menkes, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 646, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Menkes Facebook Fan Group

Website @ http://www.menkes.es/#

Rommel & Halpe, Capezio Of Brazil And The Cerrito 07

Rommel & Halpe Ballet Slippers

Rommel & Halpe Ballet Slippers

Capezio is one of the most reputable and well-established dance wear suppliers in the world. They provide apparel and shoes for dancers all over the world. What makes their business so interesting is that they offer different types of pointe shoe models based on a particular market or region of the world.

Way down south in Brazil, Capezio offers many models that are not made for the American market. One of those models is the Cerrito 07.

Capezio Of Brazil And Rommel & Halpe Are Mixed And Mingled

Rommel & Halpe are pointe shoe makers that collaborate with Capezio in their Brazilian factory to design and construct many models; including the Cerrito. Here is the interesting part: Some Cerrito models are branded Capezio and some are branded Rommel& Halpe.

The Cerrito 07 Is Marketed As A Student Shoe

  •  According to product descriptions, the Cerrito 07 model is a popular beginner shoe for dancers with weak, undeveloped feet. They work for Greek or Egyptian-type foot shapes.
  • The have low, u-shaped vamps.
  • Shanks are available in 2 strengths; normal or enhanced.
  • They come with a suede toe cap.

Some Cerrito’s For You And Some Cerrito’s For Me

When I discovered the Cerrito model sold under both names, I was very intrigued. Rommel & Halpe does have a business address of their own in Brazil. Do they make some Cerrito’s for Capezio and some for themselves?

Do they walk over from their own business everyday to make a quota for Capezio, then return to make their own Cerritos later? The world of pointe shoes can be quite entertaining when you let your imagination run wild.

Apparently, Rommel & Halpe either had, or continue to have a business that credits their company name on the product. It could be that they are extremely talented cobblers that Capezio needs to construct the best shoes for their client base in South America. They are known as experts in the leather tanning business as well.

On Pointe Wearing The Cerrito

I could not find any website for Rommel & Halpe. They are somewhat mysterious although their name is well-known and out there in the dance community. It is amazing that the above video account belongs to Rommel & Halpe, yet is an advert for the Capezio Cerrito.

I wish Rommel & Halpe would come out of the woodwork and explain things. Even their Facebook page is as deadly quiet as a mortuary basement. The only contact information for the company is below:

ROMMEL E HALPE LTDA
R AGOSTINHO GOMES 373, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Phone: 1132729010