For anyone interested in pointe shoe brands, watching new models appear and discontinued ones disappear is somewhat like riding a wave. It can be disheartening to learn that a certain model will never be made again.
It is even more sad when a pointe shoe manufacturer is literally forced to close its doors after more than 130 years in business. Salvio Dance Shoes of Australia will be no more.
So Much History, So Much Legacy
I see the founder of this company, Enrico Salvio, coming to Australia from Italy in 1881 and setting up his cobbler shop with dreams of supplying the dance world with his hand-crafted shoes. A labor of love and hard work; a new life in a new country.
Since 1881, Salvio’s had remained a family business. It was passed down from one generation to the next with his Grandson, Ted Salvio, passing it to his daughter. Now, in 2016, this precious tradition has been laid to rest.
A Poignant And Touching Goodbye From Salvio’s Shop
Is The Handmade Pointe Shoe Business In Peril?
What happened to the Salvio company? Why did they choose to forever go out of business? According to this article, Australia’s last handmade dance shoe shop Salvios Shoes closes its doors, competition from cheap imports did them in.
Instead of outsourcing their work to exploit cheap labor and materials for a larger profit, they refused to compromise their craftsmanship, values and hands-on approach to dance shoe construction.
This says so much about the Salvio brand name and family. Enrico Salvio would be proud of his descendants for their unwavering dedication to the art of handmade ballet shoes.
Although Salvio has stopped production and closed up shop, any dancer who still has a precious pair of Salvio pointe shoes should hold on tightly as she not only has a collectible item, but a lasting legacy of one of the oldest manufacturers of handmade ballet shoes.
Salvio’s Pointe Shoes-1881 to 2016