Continsouza Of Paris

The Mysterious Continsouza Pointe Shoe Brand

I found these photos of  the French pointe shoe brand Continsouza completely by accident during one of my internet researching episodes. This is getting to be a regular occurrence for me. I set off to hunt for information about one mystery pointe shoe brand and end up finding another!

I was able to dig up a small bit of history on the Continsouza name. A well-known French manufacturer by the name of Pierre-Victor Continsouza  invented and produced specialized camera’s and equipment for photography. The business became very successful and grew into a very large production company in Paris.

Pierre-Victor Continsouza died in 1944 and there is no clue as to whether this company expanded to produce dancewear or not. After a bit more investigating I found an  address for the Continsouza Company on a French dance forum;

Continsouza SA BP 622-75421 Paris Cedex 09-01 53 32 84 89

As you can see, Continsouza also makes (or made) ballet slippers. I found the ballet slippers for sale on a French merchant website.  At this time, I can’t know whether this brand is discontinued or not, so it will be added to the mystery list for now.

9/2014 UPDATE:  After all this time I am still no closer to finding out where French dancers are sourcing these shoes. They continue to appear for sale online sale since this post was originally published.

more images of this intriguing brand


16 responses to “Continsouza Of Paris

  1. Hi
    Actually i’m French, i am 29 now and i used Continsouza pointe shoes from the age of 9 to the age of 14. They were absolutely great.
    They were strong and difficult to break but they had the perfect form for Greek feet. And they were beautiful……Unfortunately they do not make them anymore and it’s impossible to find them now…… I try a lot of pointe shoes. For the moment i have a pair of Carlotta from Repetto and i’m trying Freed but i regret Continsouza ……..

  2. Hi. Yes, that must be one of the most difficult challenges a dancer faces; finding a great shoe and having the maker go out of business. I guess we never know when a brand will disappear forever….makes one want to save every pair, no matter how worn they get as they could become collectors items. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Patricia Storelli

    Hi! My name is Patricia Storelli and I am the author of “The Magic of Pointe Shoes”. When I was training in France I discovered by chance the Contin-Souza pointe shoes: they were awesome and the best pointe shoes I have ever worn in my entire life. I would call them the “magic slippers”. Unfortunately I confirm that the factory does not exist anymore and there are no more Contin-Souza shoes exist on the market. I wish I had kept one to be able to reproduce the same type of shoes, but unfortunately I didnt….

  4. Hello Patricia,
    I love to hear stories about beloved models of pointe shoes. This particular brand will probably be museum-worthy at some time, just like the shoes made specifically for the Bolshoi Theatre back in the 1980’s.

    What I find baffling (yet very interesting!) is the absence of company history and/or business closing information.

    I adore the title of your book, “The Magic Of Pointe Shoes”. That sums it up perfectly! There is no other shoe on the planet quite as magical as a pointe shoe.

  5. This is a wonderful example of how brilliant the internet is for finding and exchanging information of mutual interest.

  6. How amazing it is to discover this information about pointe shoes – I would have loved this level of information when I was younger.

  7. i have a pair of Contin-Souza pointe shoes that i bought in Paris in the late 1990’s from a shoe repair shop off of Boulevard Montparnasse. The owner told me that he made them for his daughter, who had trained at the Paris Opera Ballet. Perhaps it was a very small company…….he told me then that the company no longer existed. i assume that he copied the shoes for his daughter. I love finding unknown shoes so I bought the only pair that he had.

    I was wearing Stanlova at the time— still love them……I live in NY… them n Paris.

  8. Hi…Max Continsouza was the grandson of Pierre Victor Continsouza… He was my brother in law (from my husband family) he was a ballet dancer and when he broke his leg could not dance anymore so he open the factory of ballet shoes…his wife Emma Continsouza was my husband sister married to Max…he sold the factory in Paris and retired in Spain .. died 10 years ago… I hope this will help you with your research….

  9. Thank you, Marta, for sharing this information with us.

  10. For many years I lived next to Max Continsouza and his wife Emma,owners of the company in retirement, in Moraira, Spain. We lost touch with each other after they moved to Alicante and we went North. I know that Emma was a dancer(saw photographs) and believe that Max was also. From our many late night talks I know that he had a very interesting life, mainly in Central and South America
    moved to Alicante

    • Hi Lawless… nice to know you were friends of Emma and Max… Max died 10 years ago and Emma 2 years ago…She was my sister in law…My husband is her brother… Max has no family left…and as you know they never had children….have you got any photos to share???? regards Marta Diaz

  11. Hi… I was searching for retainer and very disappointed. I have 3 pairs of Contin Souza left (15 / 3) from my former dancer carrier. I used to order them in Paris and ordered always more than I needed. So, who wants? (I would sell them all 3 for 60 Euro. They are absolutely new. I can sent some photos.
    I ‘m really sad, that the production has stopped. It was a kind of secret good tip. Really great shoe !!!

  12. Bonjour, I wore Contin-Souza in the 80’s – I would get them from the Contin-Souza boutique nearby Batignolles, the boutique was downstairs in a “cour”. I then moved and gave up pointe shoes. This year I resumed to pointe shoes and have discovered this brand didn’t exist any more – I really loved them, they were wonderful, very modern with their sole (like Gaynor Minden now), and would last very long. I still have my antique pair – and I am now trying brands that didn’t exist back then. Cathy avez-vous vendu vos exemplaires?

    • Non, je les ai encore. Il est difficile de vendre des pointes que très peu de gens connaissent … mais je confirme: pointes très légères et faisant un très beau pied. Souples quand il le faut et fermes à point pour les équilibres. Les Contin-Souza étaient ainsi dire la “botte secrète” de l’époque …

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