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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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?