The P-rouette Concept Pointe Shoe

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Could this idea really work?

By Internet or by Smartphone, scanning and printing is what a lot of us do at work or for our hobbies.

Today, home sewers can easily print out patterns online. What would you think if a designer wanted to use this same idea for making your pointe shoes?

However much some of us want to hold on to the traditional methods of shoe construction, there are people out there trying to bring pointe shoe design into a whole new dimension. The 3rd dimension.

The way out, far out, eyebrow-raising dimension where cobblers and workroom benches are replaced by  a mobile app that scans your foot, then sends the computerized specifications to an in-house fabric-printing machine.

From there, your shoes are sewn and pieced according to what you scanned in. I wonder what would happen if your cat’s paw was scanned by accident? Will they accept returns? What the dancer is supposed to get on the other end is a perfectly molded pointe shoe and sole-hugging design with pain-killing materials built-in.

The true purpose behind all of these high-tech pointe shoe ideas is to invent  a product for a higher level of ballet athleticism.  A sneaker on pointe, if you will. A pink satin track shoe for leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

A rubberized, vulcanized shoe that can go from the Bolshoi stage to the basketball court with a series of bouncy pas de chats.

What do you think about all this? Can digitized, computerized manufacturing compete with the likes of hand-turned Freeds, or Capezio’s legendary cobblers of old?

Read all about the P-rouette pointe shoe concept, then vote below.



4 responses to “The P-rouette Concept Pointe Shoe

  1. Interesting new concept in fabricating pointe shoes, hey!? Might just catch on!

  2. The use of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it’s now called, to create products is not new. What is new, is the diversity of products that additive manufacturing is finding to replicate. It’s an interesting concept for pointe shoes but I’m not sure that additive manufacturing has reached the necessary stage of development to produce a safe and effective pointe shoe. The proof will be in the opinion of professional dancers which I haven’t seen yet of professional dancers using them. If they are as good as claimed, then unfortunately, the future of the hand made pointe shoe is not an exciting one for the shoe maker.

  3. Thank you John, I appreciate your comment. I agree 100% that the success of a design like this stems from the approval of professional dancers.

    I admit that I find the plastic covered toe boxes “iffy”.
    With traditional paste shoes, dancers have to contend with moisture buildup inside the shoe, but can air them out.

    Having toe boxes covered in plastic materials on the outside could make for a hot, soggy shoe that takes longer to air out.

  4. Good point (no pun intended) about the “plastic”. But this doesn’t seem to affect Gaynor Minden’s, or does it? I noticed that the author wrote “The sole is modelled using a lightweight, airy lattice-structure . . . ” which could be just marketing. As an engineer, I have seen many changes in technology over the years, and ballet is just another market for the technical entrepreneurs to make the most of. My instincts tell me that Bloch, Freed etc watch the space with interest.

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