When it comes to pointe shoe fit and beautiful aesthetics, there can be a wide discrepancy in how a shoe looks while on pointe versus a flat or demi-pointe position. Satin fabric just doesn’t have the “give” to look smooth around the heels both on and off the platform. Those annoying heel crinkles are the bane of many a dancer and professional fitters as well.
Bloch of Australia is now offering a possible solution to the problem; pointes that stretch. They have added two new models to their collection; the Eurostretch and the Dramatica. Manufactured several months ago, they began arriving in stores a few weeks ago. Bloch made the debut announcement June 12, 2014 on their Facebook page.
The Unique Design Qualities Of The Bloch Eurostretch And Dramatica
Both of these models are created with a stretch satin heel area. There is a slight difference between the two as far as toe box configuration, wing construction and paste materials. As you can see in the images above, both are split sole shoes.
Because of the split sole construction, the models are recommended for students that have had several years of pointe training and have strong feet. Both models are manufactured using the European Balance last, or form.
- Medium u-shaped vamp
- Low profile toe box
- Wide, high platforms
- Make of humidity-resistant paste for durability
- Made with higher wings than the Eurostretch
- Uses TNT heat-moldable paste technology; a Bloch exclusive
- The Dramatica appears to have a more tapered toe box and slightly narrower platform.
The shank construction of both models is very interesting. The shank is layered with the under-section going along the entire sole and the top shank layer split to allow the satin to stretch. You can read more about these new models on Blochshop.co.uk.
Stretch Pointe Shoes; Not Exactly A New Concept
To give credit where credit is due, I have to say that the concept of incorporating stretch into a pointe shoe heel is not new. Merlet of France thought of this idea when they created a half satin, half stretch-canvas model called the Kaliste years ago. You can read about the Kaliste on an old post from 2010.
Is It Possible To Completely Remove Heel Wrinkles On Pointe?
I don’t know. Our feet become so much shorter when we stand on our toes. We lose heel depth. I can’t be totally convinced that “wrinkledge” can be 100% wiped out by using stretchy material across the heels. There always seems to be a little bit of seam bulging out or a small air sac that protrudes on even the best-fitting pointe shoes.
Maybe well-placed ribbons and /or elastics will make these types of shoes stick closer than what they appear to be doing in this photo. Doesn’t this heel look wrinkled to you?
Although these new models are not yet featured on Bloch’s official website, it appears that dance supply shops across the country are now debuting these interesting shoes.
New models mean waiting for all the dancer reviews to come in so we can find out whether they live up to the manufacturer’s claim. What you do think about Bloch’s newest shoes?