The Merlet pointe shoes that are sold here in the United States are technically called Merlet-Pietra models. The names reflect the design collaboration between the Merlet Company and Marie-Claude Pietragalla.
Marie-Claude Pietragalla studied ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet school and then became a member of the corps. During her years as a dancer for the Paris Opera Ballet, she was given the nick-name Pietra which means “rock” in French.
Marie-Claude Pietragalla became the director of the Ballet De Marseilles. Her knowledge and experience with dancers needs were incorporated into the Merlet-Pietra pointe shoe collection. Out of this partnership came 4 pointe shoe models; the Empriente, Prelude, Pulsion, and Premiere.
You can see the Merlet-Pietra models by visiting the Merlet U.S.A. website.