The Paul’s company in Koln, Germany has a very long and interesting history when it comes to making pointe shoes by hand.According to the about page on the Pauls website, it all began way back in 1919.
Theo Paul was an established cobbler working for the Cologne (Koln) Opera in Germany. Anna Pavlova was performing in the city at that time. Pavlova came in to Theo Paul’s shop to get a broken shoe repaired. Theo Paul not only repaired Pavlova’s shoe, but created a special pointe shoe model named after her, the Pawlowa.
Almost 100 years later, Pauls still makes this model by hand. Fascinating, isn’t it? I love the history of pointe shoe making in Europe. Instead of the photos from the official Pauls.co website, I found another photo of the Pauls Pawlowa model.
The Pawlowa comes in two different choices; satin or leather. Unfortunately, the website offers no information about the design features of these shoes. My German translating needs a lot of help, but I did notice different options for shanks and widths on the Pawlowa. This is definitely a pointe shoe I would love to add to my collection!