What is an R-Class Pointe Shoe?
R-Class is a shortened version of Russian Class. The Russian Class is a system of designing pointe shoes that meet strict criteria of design, functionality, and beauty.
Every R-Class pointe shoe is one that meets the highest level of quality and craftsmanship according to the academic theaters of Russia.
The company was created by the masters of The Bolshoi Theater workshop. Now most of the academic theaters in Russia use the shoes with the “R-class” brand.
The U.S. representative for the R-Class pointe shoe is none other than Russian Pointe, based in Chicago. I know Russian Pointe shoes are extremely well made, but I never realized their deep connection to the Bolshoi Theater and the R-Class standards of pointe shoe construction.