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?