Category Archives: Spanish Brands

The Mysterious Mayol Of Argentina

It’s been a long, long time since a pointe shoe discovery has left me with barely enough information to make a post. This is one of those times. I have sleuthed and surfed and searched for information about the Mayol brand for months, but haven’t been successful.

The only clue obvious from these photos is the manufacturer’s mark on the sole that says Industria Argentina. This simply means it is a product of or produced in Argentina.

Mayol Pointe Shoes

The toe box pleating is quite wide and the shoe appears to be tapered with a wide metatarsal area. The logo looks to be ink-stamped and not imprinted into the sole material.

Perhaps, this brand is a “contract shoe” for a particular dance theater or school in Argentina, I don’t know. For now,  the Mayol brand remains a complete mystery.

Mice Fiestas Pointe Shoes From Spain

Mice Fiestas Pointe Shoes

Mice Fiestas are handmade in Spain

From the land of clicking castanets and Flamenco dancing comes another  pointe shoe brand discovery, Mice Fiestas of Spain.

Mice Fiestas means My Parties in Spanish. Although the company logo is a cute little mouse, the word Mice is pronounced meese in Spanish. The play on word pronunciation between the two languages via a mouse logo is quite clever.

Mice Fiestas was established in Madrid, Spain in 1995. They sell many different types of dance garments, shoes and accessories. The most I can share about the pointe shoe model is that it is a genuine made-in-Spain brand.

MouseI am muy triste ( very sad) that their online catalog page loads as a blank when I click the ballet-pointe shoe category image. Although they have Twitter and Facebook accounts, there is no activity on either site to do more sleuthing.

Mice Fiestas Official Website- Click on the bottom image that says Haga click to enter the website.

The Menkes Liceo: Sturdy Looking Spanish Pointe Shoes

Menkes storefront, Madrid, Spain

A Menkes storefront in Madrid, Spain

When you think of dancing in Spain, you naturally think about the passionate art of Flamenco performances. Nobody expresses the excitement of this genre more than the people of Spain.

Spain is an incredibly beautiful country. It has so many cultural and historic gemstones to be proud of; amazing food, scenic landscapes, vibrant music and good-looking people, of course.

What Spain also has is a well-established dance wear company that I have been thrilled to discover; Menkes. The hub of the company is located in beautiful Barcelona.

The Menkes Company Continues To Expand Globally

According to the company history page, Menkes has been in business for over 50 years creating top-quality costumes, theatrical supplies and many different types of dance shoes.  It was founded by  a passionate tailor/ costume maker, Marcos Menkes and has grown into a multinational supplier of dance goods. Menkes has shops all over Spain. They also have locations in Paris, Miami and in New York.

The Menkes Liceo Model- A Seriously Sturdy Looking Shoe

Liceo pointe shoes by Menkes

Liceo by Menkes

Liceo is an unusual name for a pointe shoe model, isn’t it? It wasn’t until I found the Spanish translation of this name that it made more sense.

According to the Spanish language translation, it means: A place where people gather to participate in cultural activities.

In this case, it’s a shoe where toes gather to participate in pointe work. Perfect. From the pictures, it appears that the Liceo is one of those work-horse type of pointe shoes that are made to last.

Menkes And Their Pointe Shoe Collection-Missing Facts

Menkes has a few company-related pages on Facebook. Because I didn’t see any pointe shoe models on their website for sale, I am highly curious to know how or if they can still be purchased. As usual, I am waiting for a reply from the Admin of one of those pages to learn more.

In the meantime, we have another Spanish pointe shoe brand that can be added to the sidebar. Olé !

Menkes Contact Information:

Menkes, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 646, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Menkes Facebook Fan Group

Website @ http://www.menkes.es/#

Fouette Pointe Shoes From Argentina

If you are familiar with popular brands of pointe shoes, you are probably aware that Grishko of Russia makes a model called the Fouette. I recently discovered another Fouette pointe shoe from the gorgeous country of Argentina, South America.

In this case, Fouette is the brand name of the company and they give their shoe model the same name. The Fouette company appears to be a popular manufacturer in the Buenos Aires region of Argentina.

 They are a wonderfully convenient provider of dance supplies because their shop is located across the street from the Teatro Colón ; one of the top-rated opera houses in the world and the largest in Buenos Aires.

Being in such close proximity to a world-famous venue like the Teatro Colón makes me wonder why I couldn’t find a company website to save my life.

Fouette Viamonte, 1177 (1053) -  Cap.Fed. Buenos Aires - Argentina Fono: (5411) 5032-2547 / 5032-9010 ventas@32fouette.com.arIf dancers from all over the world come to perform on that stage, wouldn’t they like a business website to make long-distance ordering easier?

Of course, I could be mistaken. They may indeed have a website. I just can’t find it. However, I did find the contact information for anyone interested in making an inquiry:

Fouette
Viamonte, 1177 (1053) – Cap.Fed.
Buenos Aires – Argentina
Fono: (5411) 5032-2547 / 5032-9010
ventas@32fouette.com.ar

I wonder if that is the owner and founder of Fouette standing in the entrance of the shop? How I would love to open those doors and make a beeline for the pointe shoes and slippers!

These beautifully worn Spanish Fouettes are interesting, aren’t they? I would love to have a pair for my collection. Sadly, I couldn’t find any information about the exact specs on this shoe. In some photos, the toe boxes appear tapered; in others, rounded.

This brand is very intriguing to me. I am going to send an email inquiry to Fouette asking if they have a website.

Note: By the time I came back to finish this post, Fouette had already responded. Unfortunately, they do not have a website at this time, but their fast response is incredibly admirable and professional. Muchos gracias, Fouette.

Calidance; The Colombian Pointe Shoe Brand

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Martin St-Amant – Wikipedia – CC-BY-SA-3.0, Colombia flag from San Felipe de Barajas’ fortress, Colombia

The Gems Of  Colombia;  Emeralds, Coffee And Zapatillas de ballet Calidance.

Those of us who love the taste of rich, delicious coffee and enjoy wearing beautiful gemstones can agree that Colombia, South America is world-famous for both top-quality emeralds and for amazing coffee beans. Both are highly coveted and are exported all over the world.

Now, there is another delicious gem from Colombia to discover, a pointe shoe brand called Calidance. I was thrilled to discover this brand! I can now add another link to the sidebar.

About Calidance And Their Products

According to the company Quiénes Somos or about page, Calidance prides themselves on supplying dancers with the highest quality footwear products while maintaining total comfort and providing it all at a reasonable cost to their customers.

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Calidance Colombian Pointe Shoes

The ballet shoes are designed by a former dancer of The National Ballet of Cuba, Mr. Luis Rodriguez.  Mr. Rodriguez studied under the tutelage of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso.

With 30-plus years of  ballet teaching experience, he understands exactly what dancers need.

Calidance also offers other accessories, practice garments and supplies for ballet and other genres of dance.  They sell tutu skirts, leotards, ballet dresses and more. The red pointe models above have that spicy Latin look that only crimson satin can provide. I find the splashy way they display  painted and non-painted pointe  models on their Nueva Colección ( website link below) page very artistically creative.

Where Is Cali, Colombia?

Foto tomada por Augusto Ilian del Rio Cali, la Av Colombia y el Hotel Inter, http://en.wikipedia.org,  (CC BY 2.0)

By Augusto Ilian del Rio Cali, la Av Colombia y el Hotel Inter, http://en.wikipedia.org, (CC BY 2.0)

Cali is a huge, modern metropolis located on the western coast of Colombia, South America. Next to Bogota, it is one of the biggest cities in Colombia.

The weather is hot and the Colombian people are equally so for they are known for their passionate embrace of life, love, laughter and dance.

The Calidance Pointe Shoe Models Are Uniquely Displayed

calidance-1One of the most striking aspects of this brand is how unique the construction of their shoes are. Not only is the pointe shoe design unique to Calidance, their images and advertising are incredibly interesting as well.

They offer their online customers great close-up images of their shoe models from various angles. Few companies do this. Not only are the pointe shoes pretty, they are a genuine Spanish brand. The only disappointment is that Calidance doesn’t imprint their pointe shoe liners or soles with a company logo as they do with some of their soft slippers. The models are blank inside and out.

The soft curvature of the toe box design has a nice line that looks like it would hug the arches well. I don’t know how many different models of pointe shoes are available from Calidance, but the company gives many ways to contact them with inquiries; including a Skype address which is another rarity, but an incredibly trendy idea for the convenience of the customer.

If you want to see more about this intriguing Colombian point shoe manufacturer, visit their official website @ Calidancezapatillasdeballet.com.

See more up-close shoe photos by visiting  Calidance on Facebook.