As a person who embraces tradition and old-school ways, nothing baffles my mind more than the idea of my ballet shoes being smarter than I am . During the course of making my link-checking rounds through the brands list, I found that Bloch of Australia has gone beyond Stretch Pointes to Smart Pointes. Enter the model Grace.
Grace Acknowledges The Athleticism Of Pointe Work
Somewhere along the ballet line, we stopped simply breaking in our pointe shoes, sewing on the ribbons, and allowing the molding-to-the-foot process to unfold with our own sweat and body heat. Now, pointe shoes have to do something. They are not allowed to just sit there and look pretty.
Grace Is Really A Sneaker With Brains Cleverly Disguised As A Pointe Shoe
Inside the Grace model toe boxes are sneaker-like cushion linings. The heels and liners are padded for comfort as well.
Where do the brains come in? Apparently, the central nervous system and command center is located in the shank.
This isn’t any shank, mind you, but something called a Relevease shank that collects data from the spine.
A Review Video Of The Grace Model
Pointe Shoe Marketing Is Approaching The Outer Galaxies
In all seriousness, these types of claims need to be examined further. Below is a word-for-word description of the shank.
“ The shoe’s Relevease shank uses biomimicry to echo the function of the human spine and allow an easy roll through demi to en pointe.”
What does biomimicry mean? According to the Oxford Dictionary it means The design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.
The shank echos the function of the human spine. What does the human spine do? It supports, twists, and bends. In other words, the Grace model has a flexible shank. Oh my ….