This is a quick post that I was inspired to make when I found a photo of Sansha’s American Soft Toe pointe shoes. Following close behind was a photo of the Sansha English Soft Toe pointe shoe. What is the difference between the two models?
The American-style is on the left and the English-style on the right. Both of these pointe shoes are shankless demi-pointes for students that do have hard boxes, unlike the soft toe name suggests. What is not apparent is what makes one American-style and the other English-style.
From descriptions based on distributors across the web, the English versions simply have more tapered toes. They do not mention whether the English-style models are made using English pasting methods which create a generally softer pointe shoe toe box.
Any English pointe student that can clarify this for Americans is more than welcome to leave a comment.