As a person who has followed Capezio products for a long time, there was always a long waiting game before Capezio would add a new pointe shoe model to their collection. However, they seem to be picking up steam at the factory these days. As you recall, the Tiffany, Bella and Airess made their debuts in rapid succession. Now, another one has popped off the cobblers bench this month: the Cambré.
Here a few of the specifications of the Cambré:
- Dancer’s can choose from two toe box shapes; tapered or broad.
- The 3/4 standard shank comes in medium or hard.
- Capezio emphasizes the sole design of this model as being thinner, shorter and scored for traction.
- Cambré is a low profile shoe with a long vamp.
What is interesting about the Cambré is the lack of pleating that is typical on most toe boxes. It is made smooth not unlike the Gaynor Minden toe style. It also has a diagonal or bias side seam in the same fashion as the Mikhail Baryshnikov pointe shoe collection of the 1990’s.
This model reminds me of the Bloch Axiom in concept. It’s all about toe box and platform, less about heel support and shanks to lean on. This is a specialty pointe shoe that is not going to be for the masses. Perhaps this is a purposeful move away from the idea that Capezio pointe shoes are popular with beginners, not professionals.
Of course, when a new pointe model comes out, I must do my name and image critique ( so much fun!) . Did Capezio give this shoe a good name? In fairness, Capezio always takes professional photographs.
Cambré definition : to arch or bend
Yes indeed, the marketing photo shows a dancer with a high arch trying to bend its way out of those shoes but for the pink satin restraints. The name Cambré works perfectly for a pointe shoe with thin outsoles and 3/4 shanks.
So, what do you think about Capezio’s latest model? Fantastic? So so? Do you think Capezio is making too many new models too quickly?