Getting To The Pointe Of La Pointes ; Sansha Vs Wear Moi

How many La Pointes does it take to dance on your toes? Apparently, it takes several manufacturers and many varieties to keep us en pointe La Pointe style. In one of my previous posts, I spoke about discovering the new model La Pointe by Wear Moi back in February of 2012.

Because it was so new at that time, there were few pictures other than the images found on their website. Hunting around,  I recently discovered that Sansha also makes their own La Pointe models. Seven to be exact.

La Pointe Models From Wear Moi Are Made To Order

Wear Moi La PointeWear Moi offers this model as one that can be tweaked to a dancer’s specifications.

According to the order page, La Pointes can be chosen  with either a tapered or a square toe box.  You can then choose from a large variety of specs:

  1. Shanks-Extra soft, soft, medium, hard, reinforced hard, reinforced extra-hard.
  2. Soles– Full, 3/4 or 1/2
  3. Sizes and widths– 13 through 9, narrow, medium, wide, extra-wide, x extra-wide
  4. Options- V-shaped vamps and different ribbon choices

La Pointe Models From Sansha- Another Collection Of Specialized Shoes

Sansha La Pointe Number 1

Sansha La Pointe Number 1

Sansha has continued to grow its pointe shoe collection into a vast array of models. They seem to branch out faster than I can keep up.

Besides the classic Sansha collection, dancers can choose from the F.R. Duvall collection and now the La Pointe collection.

Sansha La Pointes Are 7 Individual Shoe Types

Isn't this a unique vamp style? I have seen dancers insert elastic into their vamps, but have never seen a pre-made elasticized vamp on a new pointe shoe. Interesting!

Sansha La Pointe 7. Isn’t this a unique vamp style? I have seen dancers insert elastic into their vamps, but have never seen a pre-made elasticized vamp on a new pointe shoe. Interesting!

Instead of having one shoe created much like a custom order, Sansha’s La Pointes are ready to go. Each one of the seven models is uniquely different:

  1. La Pointe One– A professional lightweight shoe with low sides, a split sole, soft shank, u-vamp and pre-darned platform.
  2. La Pointe Two- This one has a v-vamp, strong shank and almost a square-shaped box.
  3. La Pointe Three– Rounded v-vamp, 3/4 strong pre-arched shank and full sole.
  4. La Pointe Four– This one is a Russian-styled model for strong feet. It comes with a strong 3/4 shank and is constructed with elastic inserts. The toe box platform comes fully darned.
  5. La Pointe Five– A professional shoe with a soft shank, short vamp and wide, square platforms.
  6. La Pointe Six– Short vamp, square box designed for narrow feet. A light shoe with very low sides.
  7. La Pointe Seven-High sides and heel construction. Short v-vamp and the hardest shank of the collection.
I am intrigued by the Sansha company; a French founder making Russian-style shoes, yet naming them Numero 1 which is Spanish for "number".

I am intrigued by the Sansha company; a French founder making Russian-style shoes, yet naming them Numero 1 which is Spanish for “number”.

It appears that Sansha La Pointes are faster to receive from a customer’s perspective. Wear Moi La Pointes take 4 to 6 weeks  to receive because they are made to order.

There are lots of ballet shoe manufacturers that name their models the same names. Both the Wear Moi and the Sansha La Pointes are very, very different types of shoes, however.

HatchingWho came first, the chicken, the egg, the Sansha La Pointe or the Wear Moi version? I don’t recall seeing this collection from Sansha in the winter of 2012, but they may have already been on the market at that time.

I’ll guess I’ll have to “get cracking” on solving this one.

4 responses to “Getting To The Pointe Of La Pointes ; Sansha Vs Wear Moi

  1. gosh very informative – I like the elasticated vamp it is good to let the foot go “over” – like the Russian Dancers

  2. Hi, I just stumbled over your blog and I think it is very informative. I actually just wanted to say that “Numéro” is also the French word for number.

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    Thank you, Morgane. I never knew that and appreciate the information. Using the word numero makes more sense now.

  4. This one is easy.. Wear Moi came out with La Pointe in 2010 and Sansha made theirs in 2013. Those are very very different shoes, but people do get confused.

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