Sansha-brand pointe shoes are well-known in the dance world for creating affordable, yet functional models that are popular with students and professionals alike. The Sansha Recital comes to mind as a best-selling beginner model. The shoes are known for having replaceable shanks which makes them versatile and a favorite with many dancers.
Franck Duval And The Sansha Name
As far as the correct history on the nationality of Mr. Duval, we do know that he was born in France. However, in my online research I found different reasons for the name Sansha in relation to Mr. Duval. Some say the name was given to him as a nickname when he lived in Russia. Others say that he first began production of his pointe shoes in a small Chinese village by the name of Sansha. Yes, there is a Sansha, China! I will save that investigation for a later date.
The New F.R. Duvall Pointe Shoe Is So Pretty
This discovery was accidental as many of my brands are when I am hunting for information about another shoe. I can thank webpage interlinking for this. As you can see by the photo, the model has a crown logo and the name FR Duval on both the outer sole and inner liner. It is hard to tell from the photo if the model has a drawstring or not.
The model style appears to have beautiful Russian-style v-cut vamps. The shoe is advertised as having qualities that make it last longer with slower breakdown time. Dancers can choose from 4 shank variations : Flexible, Regular, Strong and Extra Strong. I did not see any choice for profile size or vamp length at this time.
FR Duval Pointe Shoes Are Not Sold Through Sansha
I searched the official Sansha website high and low for this new addition, but did not find it. The shoe is not in the new collections catalog for 2012 nor on the products listing anywhere on site. For now, the only place to order these pretty pointe shoes is through a distributor company like Dancex.com.
I am amazed at the low price of these shoes; less than $34 dollars a pair at the time of this post. Unlike the Sansha-brand models, this shoe is Franck Duval’s actual namesake model. I love the crown logo, color and shape of the shoe and wish the FR Duval model much success .