The Crait pointe shoe brand leaves many more questions than answers (at least for me).
Going online to find some information about the Crait Company netted me a few tidbits of information.
I learned that the Crait brand name had its beginnings in France in the early part of the 1800’s. A French cobbler by the name of Crait took his pointe shoe manufacturing to Paris in the 1850’s. In the 1870’s Crait was the official pointe shoe supplier for the Paris Opera Ballet.
Further investigating on the internet showed a possibility that the Crait name brand was taken over by another great French Company, Repetto. That would make the Crait pointe shoe discontinued.
I was satisfied with that until I came across these Crait Prestige pointe shoes being sold on eBay France last week. My inquiring mind wants to know:
- When did Repetto take over the Crait Company?
- Why is there so little information about this historical dance wear company in the ballet world?
- Could the Crait Prestige pointe shoes in this photo be decades old?
- Is there a possibility that Repetto still makes the Crait model?
I find these pointe shoes to be so beautifully French and so totally mysterious! If any of you know something about the Crait pointe shoe brand, please feel free to comment. I would love to know more about them.