I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to learn about another brand of Russian-made pointe shoes, the Siberian Swan brand. I would like to thank one of my readers for sharing the information with me.
Siberian Swan. What an amazing name. I can almost imagine the dancer floating gracefully across the stage appearing to walk on air by the very tips of her toes.
There is a mystique and a certain expectation of quality when we hear that a ballet shoe is handmade in Russia. After all, Russian ballet training produces some of the finest dancers in the world. Grace and elegance epitomizes the flowing movements of both the Russian ballerina and the swan. The comparison is perfect.
The Siberian Swan Pipeline From Russia To The U.S.A.
The company debuted in the fall of 2016 as a collaboration between a former Bolshoi dancer and the Artistic Director of The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia. Because one of the founders lives in The United States, there is an immediate opportunity for American dancers to get their hands on ( and feet into) these shoes.
Pavlova, Karsavina And Spessivtseva
Siberian Swan has named their three models in tribute of some of the most unforgettable Russian ballerinas the world has ever known; Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina and Olga Spessivtseva.
I was able to get an answer from Siberian Swan to my inquiry about the differences between the Pavlova and Karsavina. The Karsavina has a slightly wider platform than the Pavlova. They also mentioned that the Spessivtseva model is for future development, although no mention of how far in the future this will be.
Vintage Footage Of Spessivtseva
What Makes Them Unique And Innovative
These models have some unique qualities that make them different from other pointe shoes on the market:
- Heel Construction-The inner heel portion has a little gripper flap to help hold the shoe in place. There is also an elasticized drawstring that centers at the side of the heel for extra tightening.
- Matte Or Traditional Fabric-You can order your pointes traditionally shiny, or go for the matte pancake look.
- Standard Or Plus Platforms-Models are constructed with either a regular platform, or a slightly larger one based on personal preference.
- Toe Covers-You can choose to add handmade toe covers as part of your custom order.
- Cedar Oil Protection-The models contain Siberian cedar oil extract which has healing properties to protect irritated skin.
It’s incredible how many choices they offer so you can get exactly what you need in a pointe shoe. Another fascinating quality about this brand is that they create a traditional handmade product with a lot of innovative tweaks.
They offer many more choices with custom colors, four widths and three shank strengths. Learn more about the custom model options on their official website, Siberian Swan.com.
What’s also inspiring is that all these custom choices don’t cost extra. It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into creating these choices; most likely from gathering information from dancers and because the founders are/ were dancers themselves.
What I love about Siberian Swan is that it is all about the shoe. No hundreds of categories of fluffy dance stuff, just gorgeous Russian-made pointe shoes.
Siberian Swan continues to innovate the design and construction of their brand. As quoted below from co-founder Alex Kedrov when speaking about their vision, they intend to perfect their design for the benefit of every dancer who needs the ultimate pointe shoe.
“ Taking quite a lot of experiments, and engineering to ensure support, durability, and the elegance at the same time. Another important thing, as you know, is ability to roll through the demi-pointe, so the pointe shoes are flexible enough while rolling through the demi-pointe, and strong enough to provide sufficient support while on pointe. Our shank is made of special plastic, so the shoes don’t need to be broken in. Active arch support on top of the plastic shank is our technology patented in Russia to provide support for ballerina underneath the heel while on pointe, so the weight is not on the toes only. It is incredibly interesting process.”
You can visit Siberian Swan on Facebook where they have more photos and updates of their shoe debuts/ fittings across the country. What do you think? Should we get excited? I wish Siberian Swan much success with their company.
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