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.