A Collector’s Dream
Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest male ballet dancers of all time. With his incredible ballet expertise it made perfect sense for Baryshnikov to create his own line of ballet footwear.
The Baryshnikov pointe shoe brand was on the market for only a few years and became a discontinued brand in the late 1990’s. Pointe shoes with such a legend behind them can only become one thing; prized collectibles.
I was pretty certain that whatever pairs of Baryshnikov pointe shoes that were left after being discontinued had been snatched up quickly or hoarded. As a pointe shoe collector, I had put a pair of Baryshnikov’s on the top of my wish list. I searched all over the internet for a pair for a few months last winter and had all but given up hope of ever finding some for sale.
In November, guess what? I found some Baryshnikov pointe shoes for sale, bought them, and will share my personal photos with you. It’s amazing to find these legendary shoes after being discontinued for more than 12 years!
The Baryshnikov pointe shoe was constructed with design features that are totally unique from any other pointe shoe on the market. My pair happens to be the canvas model LS with extra strong shanks for professionals. Here are the design specifications:
- It was made for professional dancers only
- The side seams were sewn at an angle. I’m not certain why this feature was added. My guess would be for better shaping and contour along the arch of the foot.
- The shoe is lined with a very comfortable cushioned liner/padding from the platform tip to the heel
- The soles are suede with the inscription: Baryshnikov…Dance Footwear…..Genuine Suede Soles
- They are not pre-arched
The most interesting thing about the Baryshnikov pointe shoe to me is that they were produced in the United States. The inside of the shoe is stamped Baryshnikov, LR SERIES STRONG, Made In USA.
I really treasure these beautiful shoes; they are a wonderful part of the Baryshnikov legacy.