Pointe Shoe Models-Does The Name Matter?

The Apprentice by Suffolk

Do the names of certain pointe shoe models repel or attract you to a certain maker? Of course, the most important quality about a pointe shoe is the fit, quality, aesthetics and  durability of the shoe.  However, there are some dancers who are even choosy about the model name.

If you found the most fabulous pair of pointe shoes in your life, would you still want them if they were named Toe-boes or Boxarinas?  Think about it. Ballet slippers and pointe shoes are typically named after famous ballet performers, dance steps, inspiring words or levels of training.

As small girls, many of us had romantic dreams of dancing on pointe in beautiful Pavlowas, lovely Copellias, and gorgeous Odettes. Somehow, we never pictured something as delicate looking as a pink satin pointe slipper being named Jetstream, 2007  or D30.

The photo above shows the Suffolk pointe shoe model Apprentice, a suitable shoe for beginners. An apprentice is another word for a student learning a craft under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Would a dancer with many years of pointe experience choose to keep dancing in shoes called Apprentice, even if they were the best-fitting models on the planet and they made her soar across the stage like a prima? I don’t know.

Most pointe shoe manufacturers name their shoes something catchy, feminine, aristocratic and/ or  ballet-related. We have the Cherry Toe, Princess, Recital, Giselle, Kitri, Suprima, Elite and so on. The names create an image and have a lot to do with marketing  appeal to certain dance customers. In a business sense, naming a pointe shoe model gives it life. Do pointe shoe names matter to you?

3 responses to “Pointe Shoe Models-Does The Name Matter?

  1. Old question, but interesting. I just found myself less enthralled by Capezio Plies or Tendus as opposed to Fouettes…

  2. This post is rather old, but still really interesting as new pointe modells keep on getting fancy names. Honestly, I do get attracted by these nice names. Last few years I’ve been dancing on Sansha Recital and Sansha Ovation 3/4’s and who doesn’t want to dance on ‘Ovation’ pointe shoes?! Like you’re getting an ovation from your audience 😉

    But in the end it all comes to marketing purposes. And I think that works for many dancers… For me, the choice of my pointe shoes is very personal and dependent on fit, quality, aesthetics and durability like you wrote above.

    May be it would even be better to only give them product numbers. That is somewhat more independent and more objective? So, next week I’m gonna buy a new pair of Sansha’s #202s 🙂

  3. As a pre-professional ballet student, the name or the model of pointe shoes strongly matters to me, strangely. I would reach for a pair of Serenades, Sonatas, Triumphs and Dolces rather than #202’s, 2007’s, or Plies. Last year, I really wanted to improve my turns and fouettes on pointe before a big exam, so I bought Grishko Fouettes on impulse. Needless to say, my fouettes and turns on pointe did improve much after wearing the Fouettes for months, but I think its just the placebo effect!

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