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 @


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 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:

Viamonte, 1177 (1053) – Cap.Fed.
Buenos Aires – Argentina
Fono: (5411) 5032-2547 / 5032-9010

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


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.


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,,  (CC BY 2.0)

By Augusto Ilian del Rio Cali, la Av Colombia y el Hotel Inter,, (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 @

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



Gyffs By Carin- The Giselle Pointe Shoe From Argentina

As I research and hunt for pointe brands around the world, I become more impressed with the wide variety of manufacturers that supply dancers in the performing arts genre in the country of Argentina. It’s always interesting to see what dancers have to choose from in their localities and of course, now, around the world. Here is yet another pointe shoe brand; Gyffs of Argentina.

The Carin Gyffs Company Has A Passion For Dance

gyffs-by-carinAlthough the Gyffs Company has an about page on their website, it gives no indication of the founder of the business. It is apparent that the name Carin Gyffs is the person or idea behind the company branding.

The Gyffs showroom is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company has been in business for over 25 years supplying ballet dancers and gymnasts with high-quality shoes, apparel and accessories. The byline on the shoebox says  A Passion For Dance.

Who Is Carin Gyffs? Some Of Us Want To Know

Ballet slippers from Gyffs of Argentina

Ballet slippers from Gyffs of Argentina

During my online research, I found that this brand name is referred to as both Carin Gyffs and Gyffs by Carin when mentioning their dance wear products. Typically, with foreign brands, I search using the language of origin. I cannot find any mention of who Carin Gyffs is.

The Giselle Pointe Shoe By Gyffs- Searching For The Meaning Of Those Center Initials

The maker's logo imprint on the sole of the Gyff's Giselle model

The maker’s logo imprint on the sole of the Gyff’s Giselle model

From the photo, we can see what looks like a soft, brushed leather sole for traction. The initials in the center are difficult for me to make out; my eyes see either G&A or what looks like a backwards R. This is a mystery.

The company branding tells us that this is a genuine Spanish pointe shoe designed and manufactured in Argentina. This is not only great for dancers, but for collectors as well.

I did receive a response from the company when I asked whether the pointe shoe shown on their official website was the Giselle model. The answer was yes.  Bravo, Gyffs, for actually answering an email inquiry! You get 2 points. Did you give me any specifications? No. Subtract 2 points.

You can see many more of their dance products on their website and view some of their shoe models on their Facebook page. Both the website and the Facebook page are in Spanish. Click on the Calzado category where you can see the Giselle model. Unfortunately, there are zero specs about the shoe for potential buyers. *

Official website link :

Gyffs Dance on Facebook

*I am going to be addressing this problem and many others with pointe shoe companies in my next post.


Ms y J Pointe Shoes-A Beautiful Collection From Argentina

In one of my earlier posts, I speak about the pointe shoes from Chile sold under the Miguel Jorda name as the M&J pointe shoe brand.

ms y J company logo

I was extremely surprised to find this brand, Ms y J and its telltale leafy logo stamp because I thought this logo was for the M&J model. Confused? So was I. The shoe that I posted as an M&J model was, indeed an Ms y J model complete with that unique logo on the bottom of the shoe.

Maker Stamps Are Hard To Read When The Sole Is Worn Out

M&J Pointe Shoes

Maker stamp matches Ms y J logo

Many times, unique brands are found advertised on international versions of eBay or similar sites by private sellers. When the bottom of the shoe has most of the maker stamp danced off, even the seller has to take a guess at the brand or model.

Although the maker’s stamp is fuzzy in the center, the curved pattern of the logo is unmistakable. It is one of the images found on the Argentinian coat of arms and is representative of that country. See it here on this link by scrolling down a bit. Isn’t that interesting?

Comparing The M&J Brand To The Ms y J Brand

Both of these companies originate in South America. The most intriguing similarity are the names. The letter “y” means and in Spanish and is pronounced like the letter E in English. In other words, it translates to Ms&J. I am highly suspicious of why two companies would choose such similar names, but I have a theory.

There are two Miguel Jorda’s; a senior and a junior. Miguel senior ( or Ms ) has been in the dancewear business for decades and is well established in Argentina. Although Miguel Jr. was a popular dancer in Argentina, he now does business in Chile. It makes sense that the younger Jorda would break off and create his own model and his own separate website. The younger Jorda’s shoe only comes with a model number while the Ms&J collection has names for each one.

Getting To Know The Ms&J Company

According to the company history page on their official website, Ms&J has been manufacturing top-quality dance shoes in Argentina for over 30 years. As their business expands, they have endeared themselves to the ballerinas of professional theaters such as the world-famous Teatro Colon and Teatro Argentina. They now pride themselves as a manufacturer of pointe shoes made with advanced technology to meet the needs of the modern dancer. They have several retail locations in Argentina.

The Ms&J Pointe Shoe Collection From  Argentina Are Worth A Second Look 

I apologize that you had to come all the way to the end of this post to see these great models. Here they are:

Ms&J Elite


The Elite has a square-shaped platform for easier balancing and was made as a professional model for those who are in intense training.

The side seams are cut on the diagonal for a flattering fit and beautiful aesthetics. The shoe is reinforced to provide extra support throughout the metatarsal area.


Ms&J Attitude


Look at that shoe platform; surely a dancer has to have great balance for boxes that taper into such a delicate point.

The Attitude is the Russian-inspired model that comes with high v-shaped vamps for that elegant aesthetic that Russian-cut shoes bring to a dancer’s line.


Ms&J Brisee'


The Brisee’ not only has a unique name in the world of pointe shoe models, it was made for a purpose; quietness during jumps and landings.

The toe box is constructed to be supportive, yet silent. It is a professional shoe that comes with a 3/4 shank design. The shoe is made with strong, lightweight materials for advanced dancers that have developed arches and strong feet.


Ms&J Eleve'


This particular photo reminds me of the modern photography methods that you see on the Suffolk  website. The Eleve’ is described as a lightweight, flexible shoe for students.

The light construction is made for developing feet and potential dancers. From the picture, it appears to have square platforms, low profiles and a medium vamp with slightly tapered toes.


Ms&J Eleve' II

Eleve’ II

I love this photo because the maker stamp with the leafy logo is clearly visible here. The Eleve’ II is basically the same style as the Eleve’, but comes with a 1/2 shank to help foot flexibility.

Again, this model is described as a student pointe shoe for dancers that have underdeveloped arches. Of course, many will shudder at the thought of a weak-footed beginner on 1/2 shanks, but maybe risk taking is huge in Argentina, who knows?


Ms&J Arabesque


Arabesque is a wonderful name for a ballet shoe. This particular model is their American-style shoe. It has a wider platform for balancing.

The Arabesque also has u-shaped vamps that hug the instep in an anatomically correct way. Here is another modern photography image that tells me Ms&J are a trendy company and on top of their marketing game.

Writing about this company was a real pleasure and I am thrilled to discover this collection. From now on, when I see those curved plants on a pointe shoe sole, I know that I am looking at Ms&J from Argentina.

If you want to see more about Ms&J, you can visit their official website @ The site is in Spanish. To see the pointe shoes, click on Catalogo at the top, then choose Calzados.


Deboule Pointe Shoes From Argentina

deboule-danseThe world of the performing arts is alive and well in Argentina. Because theatrical productions are a huge part of the passionate heritage of these beautiful people, there are probably more brands of dance shoe companies in Argentina than I can ever hope to discover. However, discover another one I did!

Deboule Dancewear Of Argentina

According to my Spanish reading skills and the about section of the Deboule website, this is a fairly new dancewear supply company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The site is slightly buggy to navigate, so I have provided a link directly to the product page below to make it easier for you to check out their products.

The Deboule Pointe Shoe Description

Deboule Pointe Shoes

Deboule Pointe Shoes

The pointe shoe model by Deboule is a solitary product that comes in two shades; Rose or Salmon. It is simply described as a “study” pointe shoe for basic training.

Although images are not the best way to judge a pointe shoe shape and construction, the Deboule appears to have low profile boxes with slightly tapered toes. Drawstrings are also obvious on the modified  v-shaped vamps.

The ribbon placement could use a more professional appearance for business purposes and sales, but just finding another pointe shoe brand from Argentina is exciting in itself.

An Interesting Behind-The- Scenes Look At Ballet Theater Life In Buenos Aires, Argentina


Jowy Queen Pointe Shoes From Argentina

Jowy Queen in pink

I am always thrilled to discover any new pointe shoe brand and that goes double for those from South America. I am surprised, yet very pleased to see how many brands are coming from Argentina that I have never heard of before. My latest discovery is the brand Jowy Queen. I love the company logo; a beautiful, regal crown.

Jowy Queen Dance Products  Are  From Buenos Aires; A Mega-City In Argentina

The Jowy Queen Dance Supply Company has a product showroom for dancers located in a part of Buenos Aires, Argentina called Nunez. You can read more about this large, vibrant metropolitan city here on Wikipedia:  Nunez, Buenos Aires. 

They produce multiple products for the dance community including other types of dance shoes, soft ballet slippers, leotards and accessories. They not only sell their dance shoes through their company website, but can also be found on eBay Argentina as well.

The Website Is An Interesting Blend Of English And Spanish

One of the most baffling things about some of these dance supply merchants is how they combine different languages on one page. The words Jowy Queen Dance are  English. The pointe shoe descriptions on their website are in Spanish. Part of the category tabs are readable for Spanish readers, part for English readers. Interesting!

The Jowy Queen Pointe Shoe Brand Name Has One Model  

Jowy Queen pointe shoes consist of one model that is available in two colors; pink or beige. It is described as a full sole shoe for studio practice and has a medium vamp length. You can find out more about this Argentinian pointe shoe brand by visiting their official website @ 

They also have a Facebook page you can visit where you can click on their photo album and see the shades of satin @


Cinderella Pointe Shoes By Cecilia Kerche

Years ago when I first began this blog, one of the first topics that I posted about was my impatience with the  Cecilia Kerche website that was under construction at the time. From March of 2010 until just recently, all I did was lament and moan and anticipate the grand opening of her official website. You can read all of my lamenting by entering Cecilia Kerche into the search bar here.

The New Cecilia Kerche Dance Products Are Here

It has taken quite awhile for the official website to come together. Finally (finally!), there are products for sale with the fabulous Cecilia Kerche brand name. Including pointe shoes. No longer is SoDanca of Brazil the only supplier of CK pointe shoes.

The Cecilia Kerche Line Of Pointe Shoes

There are now two categories of shoes in her line; the Traditional models and the Professional models. The Professional line includes the CK6-Pas Classique, CK7-Bayadere and the CK8-Kitri.

CK40 Cinderella  pointe shoe by Cecilia Kerche

Cinderella by Cecilia Kerche

The Traditional line includes the CK30-Lise, CK31-La Sylphide, CK32- Clara and, are you ready? The CK40-Cinderella. Did I mention the Cinderella model? If ever a pointe shoe held such a magical, enchanting name it has to be the name of Cinderella.

The name alone conjures up romantic images of Prince Charming, glass slippers, gold-plated horse-drawn carriage rides and ballgowns that are out of this world. The basic design specifications of the Cinderella are a little more down-to-earth, of course. Because the Cecilia Kerche official website is written in Portuguese, this is the best we can get from Google translate:

Cinderella – CK 40: This model provides greater stability on the platform and more support on the side of the shoe. The insole is made of cellulose fibers and textiles along with aggregate natural resins. These materials create a memory of resistance or spring back qualities and also allow better contact with the floor.
Even Cinderella needs some stability and support en pointe while she waits for Prince Charming…

You can see all of the latest dance products and pointe shoes on her official website, Click on Produtos then Sapatilhas/Ballet Shoes.

Update 3/2015- The above link to Cecilia Kerche’s site is no longer valid. The domain has been suspended. Read more on this more current post.