The Gamba Company is an old and established pointe shoe manufacturer in England that is well-known for their Gamba 93 and Gamba 97 models. When companies like Gamba choose to manufacturer a pointe shoe for another company, things can become interesting and confusing at the same time.
In typical fashion, I found this photo of the Cooper pointe shoe totally by accident while I was researching another brand. The makers stamp on the inner lining of these shoes says Made by Gamba Exclusively For Coopers, Slough.
I located Slough as an area of London. During an Internet search, I found 3 companies in the Slough area with the name Coopers. The first one I found is Cooper’s Magic Shop. They are listed in a London dance directory as selling ballet wear, but nowhere on the website did I find any type of ballet or pointe shoe for sale.
The other 2 companies, Lee Cooper and Coopers of Marble Arch sell jeans and apparel for men. So, who exactly sells this Cooper pointe shoe? I may send out 2 e-mail inquiries to find out. One to Gamba and one to Coopers Magic Shop. Hopefully, the response will be magically quick!
This could be a fascinating find. I can’t imagine a pointe shoe being sold as a costume prop to the untrained public. If any readers from the U.K. can shine the light on Cooper’s of Slough, London, please feel free to comment.