Category Archives: New Models 2019

Merlet’s Newest Pointe Models-Cloé, Lisa, And Crystal

Merlet of France has always had a special place on this blog. Unlike other brands, they appear to be staying true to their roots and country of origin. They continue to grow and expand their pointe collection as well. On my most recent visit to their website, I found three lovely new additions to their model collection; Cloé, Crystal, and Lisa.

The Cloé Model Offers Flexible Strength

Cloé by Merlet

Besides coming in a wide range of colors, the description of the sole was highly intriguing to me. According to Merlet, the sole is made from something called kryptonite.

For those of us of a certain age, kryptonite sounds like the stuff that gave Superman his powers back in the day.

Specifications

  • Described as a full-sole, low-vamped model with superior flexibility.
  • Comes with a soft microfiber insole for comfort.
  • Created to assist the dancer from demi-pointe to pointe with ease.

The Lisa Model Is Designed To Last

Lisa by Merlet

One of the most wonderful things about the Merlet Company is how many accessories they include when you purchase one of their shoe models directly from them online. This includes their newest shoe, the Lisa.

The Lisa model was designed to be a long lasting workhorse of a shoe, but with lovely aesthetics and practical reinforcements.

Specifications

  • Comes with interchangeable shanks to prolong the viability and support of the shoe.
  • Reinforced wings and toe box for stability and strength.
  • Made from eco-friendly fabrics that are kinder to the environment.

The Many Beautiful Shades Of The Merlet Crystal

According to Merlet, the Crystal model is made from the same last as their Cloé model. It comes in many gorgeous shades to match any costume or variation requirement. Just looking at this lineup will make any pointe shoe collector start counting her Euros.

Dancers can choose from Navy, Violine, Violet, Lie de Vin, Rouge, Red, Corail, Mirabelle, Beige, or Ivoire. The shade Corail ( 4th from the right) is an absolute beauty. Which one is your favorite?

Made in Limoges, France

First of all, I would like to say thank you , Merlet, for not outsourcing yourself to other countries. It is much more satisfying for the researchers soul when every product in the world doesn’t come from the same old place, oui? Hunting for the actual factory where these beauties are manufactured took little recherche as Merlet is very thorough with information.

A Look Inside The Merlet Pointe Shoe Factory

For any pointe shoe brand aficionado, visiting some of these factories would be a dream come true. Imagine being invited to watch all of these pretty Merlet models being made from start to finish. Un rêve devenu réalité, oui?

See the newest pointe models from Merlet here.

New Pointe Shoe Brands & Models-Coming Soon Or Already Here

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by today’s product choice overload? Although I can only speak for myself, sometimes it feels like I need to stay hovered over the sidebar links or a new pointe model will appear overnight on one of these sites like a stealthy magician.

Bloch- No Sooner Did Grace Arrive, Than Here Comes Balance Lisse

Bloch Balance Lisse pointe shoes

Balance Lisse

Bloch of Australia, you are one busy bee of a company.

Just when we were recuperating from the shank jargon of the Grace model, you introduce the Balance Lisse.

This sturdy looking shoe was added to Bloch’s Balance Collection.  It is described as a full-sole model made with   reinforced satin to stay new looking longer. According to Bloch, the Balance Lisse also features:

  • Wide platforms on the outside, but tapered toe boxes on the inside.
  • Heels that are low cut with less padding to hug the contours and create less wrinkling.
  • Low profile boxes, u-shaped vamp, and medium strength shanks.

At the time of this post, the Balance Lisse is a Coming Soon model. You can read more about it on this Blochworld Blog announcement.

 The Alpha And Omega  By Wear Moi

The last time I mentioned something about Wear Moi pointe shoes, was way back in 2012.  I was intrigued about their La Pointe model and the expansion of their range beyond leotards and accessories.

With all humility, I confess that I am over 2 years late to post about these new models. They were new back in 2018. It’s true everyone….I can barely keep up with the speed at which pointe brands and models are ever changing.

 

According to Wear Moi, both the Alpha and Omega have the following specifications:

  • Pre-arched with higher wings for support.
  • Inner gel pad made of coated silicone to cushion toes.
  • Absorbent microfiber liner for moisture control.

They are both the same shoe, but the Omega has elastic instead of drawstrings.

Cecilia Kerche Tries Again With Her New Pas Classique Performance Model

Pas Classique Pointe Shoes

Pas Classique Performance

I really, really admire Cecilia Kerche. Although devastated to see that her last website of gorgeous shoes didn’t stay up too long, I am happy to learn that she hasn’t given up on her shoe designing dreams.

Thanks to a reader comment, I was alerted to her new brand of dance products, Pas Classique.

The pointe model is named Performance. This  shoe is made in collaboration with her husband, a pointe shoe maker with years of experience.  That sounds like a fascinating partnership, doesn’t it? This is only a guess, but after so many years of being connected to So Danca, having a brand just between spouses must feel like absolute freedom.

The Pas Classique Performance Is A Multi-Option Model That Comes With Your Choice Of :

  • 2 Box Widths– B, for narrower toes, and C, for normal to wide toes.
  • 6 Shank Strengths-Pre-tip, Intermediate, Soft, Normal, Reinforced, Super Reinforced.
  • 2 Shades– Rose or Salmon

Pas Classique on Facebook

 Nikolay Announces Their Upcoming Model;  Kátya

Nikolay Katya Canvas Pointe ShoeThe Nikolay brand is simply Grishko, but separated for the U.S. market. It was quite a stir when the 3007 model was introduced.

At the end of February, Nikolay announced an upcoming model : The Kátya. How gorgeously Russian this name is. Luckily, some of the specifications were posted on Facebook.

The Kátya Has A Beautiful Name With Functional Characteristics :

  • It is strictly a canvas pointe shoe with a matte finish ( I don’t know what shades will be available)
  • Has a leather platform to absorb sound.
  • Created for easy roll through, aesthetics, and flexibility through the use of elastic paste.
  • Perfect as a rehearsal and practice shoe for serious training.

⠀⠀The Nikolay World Website can only be browsed by registering log-in credentials, but it appears well worth the extra step. You can also learn more by visiting Nikolay on Facebook.

 

The Bloch Grace Model- Scientific Shanky Panky

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

Bloch GraceSomewhere 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.”

– BLOCH

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 ….

 

 

 

 

Dansez-Vous Pointe Shoes From Troyes, France

Dansez-Vous MARGOT pointe shoes

Margot by Dansez-Vous

It’s wonderful to discover another brand from the beautiful country of France. I have this thing about Europe in general, so you can imagine how happy I was to find a brand named Dansez-Vous. Translated to English, I believe that means Do You Dance?

Dansez-Vous has a collection of soft slippers with names like Vanie, Nevis, Ana, Nina, and Lili.

They also manufacture two pointe  models at the moment; the Margot and the Elene.

Don”t you love it when pointe shoes  have girly names?

The two models are almost identical in specifications, but are made for different levels of pointe work. Both have u-shaped vamps with elastic drawstrings and  2 widths to choose from. The platforms are generous on both models.

Dansez-Vous Margot Pointe Shoes

MARGOT : Soft flexible sole for beginners

Dansez-Vous Elene Pointe Shoes

Elene : Soft 3/4 Sole Pre-Pointe

 

 

 

 

 

Dansez-Vous has an interesting way of doing business. Instead of having their own storefront for the public, they have a Plateforme Logistique ,  also known as a Logistics Headquarters in English.

The address of their Logistics Headquarters is 154, Rue de Preize, 10000 Troyes, France. This address comes back to a dance shop named Coppelia. Très intéressant, no?

This Video Gives A Great Idea Of How Large The Platforms Are

According to their website, they manufacture products in *several factories, so I am guessing that inventory is moved from the factory to the Coppelia shop for main distribution to registered retailers.

* When a company mentions several outside factories without providing a factory location, my Alarm Bell Possibly-made- in- China warning bell goes ding, ding, ding!

I placed an email inquiry on the Dansez-Vous Website about where the Margot and Elene are made to be sure they are a genuine French brand. I won’t hold my breath, but I look forward to an answer.

Dansez-Vous on Facebook

 

Update 11/29/2019 – No response from the company. I will take a guess and say that these shoes are not made in France.

Pas De Deux Pointe Shoes- A Green Approach To Ballet Waste

Do you hate waste?  Apparently, this very new French brand, Pas De Deux, does  too. Inspired by the mountains of used pointe shoes that are tossed away by The Paris Opera Ballet, they decided to offer an alternative choice for dancers; pointe shoes constructed of organic recycled materials.

I stumbled upon this brand by accident on Facebook and find their Eco-friendly, green approach to pointe shoe making as contemporary and futuristic as using  high-tech materials.  The truth is, all of those tossed out pointe shoes from professional companies have to go somewhere.

This company is so new, they don’t have a website yet.  The company debuted in early April 2019 on Facebook.  At the moment, they are using a Google Form to take orders. Because of this, I will hold off adding them to the sidebar.

Finding Pas De Deux and their concept made me think about something I rarely consider; just how long does it take for a pointe shoe to decompose at the landfill? It makes you think, doesn’t it?

I really look forward to a fully designed website ( if they are planning one) with an About Page and detailed specifications on the shoe models. I want  to learn more about the man in the video, the model names, and the location in Paris where they are made.

How do you feel about the subject of waste when it comes to pointe shoes? Should we even try to make a dent in how the planet is affected by the vast amounts of used shoes dance theaters have to throw away?

Pas de Deux Pointes on Facebook

UPDATE  FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2019 – The video that was posted above went blank, so it was removed. Their Facebook page has also vanished. They may be blocking viewers, restyling their brand, or have already gone out of business.

Will So Danca’s New Elektra Model Be A Hit Or Miss?

So Danca Elektra

So Danca Elektra

It must be difficult to invent new pointe shoe models. You have to come up with a design that is 100% performance-friendly and functional, yet offers some unique feature that makes them stand out from the hundreds already on the market. The brand new Elektra model by So Danca has taken the idea of sleek aesthetics to a very serious level. However, the design can make you wonder if a pointe shoe can be too sleek to work.

The Elektra:   Constructed With A Minimalist Approach

The Elektra is a pointe shoe design that is taking a gamble in the ballet world. The adjustment and shaping components that many pointe students are used to have been removed to give the shoe a smooth, unbroken line from the outside. There are :

  1. No seams anywhere on the shoe.
  2.  No drawstrings in casings with reinforced stitching around the top.

This Video Gives You A Great Idea Of The Minimalist Edges Of The Upper Shoe

To their credit, So Danca has constructed the Elektra with a unique elastic casing inside the shoe. This leaves the outer edges flat and bulk-free. According to the details mentioned on the Elektra debut page, the model also offers interchangeable shanks, heat molding capabilities, and ready-to-wear flexibility.

If you are familiar with the So Danca pointe shoe collection, this is a very different shoe idea compared to their traditional models.

What do you think about this Elektra minimalist pointe model? Take the vote and let me know.