Remember when the company Inspire came out with a Gaynor Minden-like pointe shoe called the Flyte not too long ago? For some reason, the Flyte pointe shoe popped into my memory today.
After watching a video of a dancer going en pointe in these new-age ,yet albeit rubbery-looking shoes, I was prepared for comments galore across forums and ballet-related communities online.
After the Gaynor Minden verbal riots of whether shoes like these are “cheating” the traditions of ballet, I was prepared for another uprising with the creation of the Inspire Flyte. What happened? Why is everybody so quiet about this brand?
Nobody Talks About Flyte Pointe Shoes
Here in the U.S. the silence has been deadly. Nobody is mentioning the Flyte pointe shoe or the other space-age stuff ( like toe putty) that Inspire has come up with on their Futureofdance.com website. Perhaps it is because Inspire is based in the U.K., I don’t know.
Could it be that the ballet world is not suffering the shock of futuristic pointe shoe materials like it did when Gaynor Minden dared to change from paste to polymers?
Who Is Dancing In Her Flytes?
I, for one, would love to know who is actually using this shoe as her perfect brand. Of course the best thing for me to do if I am so curious is to go ahead and order a pair to examine them myself.
As a paste traditionalist, I will have to have an open mind about shoes constructed with these types of materials. Either way, watching the Inspire Flyte video is provocative to say the least.
With such a provocative design and concept for the future of pointe shoe construction we should be inspired to at least SAY something about this shoe. Unless of course, bickering back and forth about “cheater” pointe shoes makes a girl want to take Flyte. Yes, that was pretty bad…:)
*Update 12/14/17-The official website for Inspire-Flyte @ futureofdance.com is no longer published online. I have removed the link from the sidebar.