Tag Archives: Italian pointe shoe brands

Iovine Ignazio Pointe Shoes From Naples-Hand-Crafted Vintage Collectibles

There are so many beautiful brands of pointe shoes that come from Italy!  I cant think of a time when I saw an Italian model that wasn’t lovely in construction and quality.  Finding these Iovine Ignazio lovelies was such a joy. They have entered into the realm of the highly collectible as it appears their manufacturing days are long over.

 

The IOVINE IGNAZIO brand is one of those super-fascinating treasured mysteries that can make a pointe shoe lover spend hours and hours searching for any tidbit of information they can find. However, thanks to a responsive family member, I was able to wrap up my search in good time.

Iovine Ignazio Pointe ShoesWhat I Was Able To Discover:

They were hand-crafted in Naples, Italy.  Napoli is what the Italians  call Naples. The old company url,  http://www.iovineignazio.com/index1.htm,  was last crawled by Google in 2007.

On the bottom of the bag you can see di Iovine Espedito. That led me to their current company, GlovesIovine. I am very fortunate that the nephew of Iovine Ignazio, Marco, responded to me on Facebook. Yes, it’s true. His uncle’s factory closed down.

What we have now are vintage, discontinued hand-crafted Italian pointe shoes that are a collectors dream.

Gloves Iovine on Facebook

The Mayer BX1 By Studio Danza

Mayer BX1Recently, I made a single model discovery of an Italian pointe shoe with the interesting name Mayer BX1. To my old-fashioned ears, this sounds more like the name of a dirt bike or motorcycle, but that is just my ballet-shoes-should-have-girly-names preference.

The shoe is sold by a company named  Studio Danza in Casagiove, Italy. What’s interesting about their official website is that they not only sell their own model, but other pointe brands like Freed and Grishko.

The Mayer BX1  Is Supposed To Last 3-5 Times Longer Than A Traditional Paste  Pointe Shoe

Mayer BX1 SoleThis ultra-modern pointe shoe is constructed with a special type of flexible paste that has little to no break-in time and a sole design that immediately hugs the arch. According to the specifications, the BX1  paste material creates a moisture barrier that prevents it from breaking down as quickly as traditional pointe shoes. Like Gaynor Minden, the BX1 has shock absorbing thermoplastic toe boxes.

Studio Danza has a modern looking website.  They offer several categories of online PDF catalogs, but if you want to see the Mayer BX1, you can visit this link to the shoe PDF and scroll down to page 8.  You can also visit Studio Danza on their Facebook page.

Janas Pointe By Rudoph

Map of Italy

Cagliari is on the southern tip of Sardinia

If you were a ballet dancer and happened to live on the Italian island of Sardinia, what type of dance supply shops would you have access to? If you happened to live in the vicinity of Cagliari, you could request a catalog from Rudolph’s to browse through in between rehearsals.

Some Company Tidbits

Since its founding in 2004, Rudolph has been the main supplier of Grishko pointe shoes on the island. Rudolph is a distributor that appears to only do business through online sales. It’s hard to say if they would allow a local customer into the warehouse for a personal fitting or not.

The company history makes no mention about the founder. Online research shows that the main website is registered to Alessandro Dessi, but that doesn’t mean he created the Rudolph company.

What Makes Rudolph Unique

Rudolph LogoAfter so many blog posts and years of research about pointe shoe manufacturing, I have learned that many companies begin with their own models, but start offering competitor brands that are more popular or mainstream with dancers.

Rudolph did it the other way around. As you can see on their official website, Rudolphdanza.it, the featured shoes are all Grishko models.  In January of this year, Rudolph decided to create their own model; Janas.

What’s So Special About The Janas Pointe Shoe?

Janas pointe by RudolphAccording to the debut advertising, the Janas pointe is strictly a professional shoe that combines a very lightweight construction with a flexible sole. The shoe is created with plastic polymer materials making it one of those “high-tech” pointe shoes.

It has a slightly tapered toe box with a u-shaped vamp. It is made to maintain  elasticity which means that it can bounce back without breaking down. One of the most interesting features is the mention of enhanced aesthetics because of the color.

Rudolph has it featured on its own separate website, Janaspointe.

The Janas pointe is described as a pinky-tan shade and slightly matte. This is supposed to make them blend in with tights giving the dancer a longer, leaner leg. I won’t start freaking out about this anti-satin-shine conspiracy just yet, but am aware that Chacott is also touting pinky-tan blend-able pointes of their own.

Long Live Lustrous, Lovely Shiny Pink Satin Ballet Shoes!

Okay, now that I have calmed down, I can proceed. I am tickled that we can see these shoes live on a video.  I wish every brand took  the time to do this.

To my eyes, the vamps look longer in this video than they do in the pictures. What do you think? They look like very pretty traditional paste shoes, but I see shiny satin instead of the advertised matte finish. 

I was thinking about the name of these shoes and how it relates to ballet. What is the meaning of the name Janas? According to one page on Sevenreflections.com, the name is linked to creativity, boldness, high aspirations, energy and action. That sounds ballet-inspired to me.  * Read more about this topic on a previous post, Pointe Shoe Models-Does The Name Matter?

Feel free to comment and let me  know what you think about these shoes. Learn more about Rudolph on Facebook @ Rudolf Store Cagliari

 

 

Colombo Pointe Shoes From Italy-A Family Legacy

Colombo pointe shoes

The 455 Carbon Sole Model

Do you know what is just as interesting as finding a new brand of pointe shoe? Learning that manufacturers have been alive and well making ballet shoes for decades and decades without any knowledge on our part. I have so much admiration for the craft of handmade  ballet shoes. I love finding those hidden gems of makers that have passed on the tradition to their children and grandchildren.

Making Pointe Shoes In Milan, Italy For 100 Years

It all started in the small town of Gorgonzola, Italy, a small area of Milan. The company was established in 1915 by a craftsman named Agostino Beretta. You can see a picture of him at age 70 here. The company was known as Beretta at that time.

During World War II, Mr. Beretta was reduced to repairing shoes until better times could come along. Between 1960 and 1967, the company grew to export ballet shoes to many countries like England, Holland and Africa.

In 1967, Mr. Beretta’s daughter Tina joined the business. From there, her son Colombo Fabio took the reins in 1989.

Agostino died in 1977. He left a lasting legacy with his contribution to the performing arts. His dedication to crafting quality dancing shoes by hand is something every ballet lover can admire and respect.

The Making Of Colombo Pointe Shoes

 

Colombo Offers 7 Different Models:

  • 449-For beginners as a first pointe shoe. Made with a softer box, reinforced wings and more flexible soles.
  • 450-For professionals with a hard toe box and medium-strength shank.
  • 451-For professionals with a hard toe box and hard shanks.
  • 452-For professionals with extra-hard shanks.
  • 453-For professionals with a softer shank and more flexibility.
  • 454-An intermediate model created as a transition shoe between demi-pointe and pointe. ( Interesting!)
  • 455-Professional model with carbon sole insert for strength and flexibility. This is their newest model.

They come in six colors; pink, salmon pink, white, black, red and blue. You can view the sales and specifications page here. It is in Italian, but that is molto bene if you enjoy looking at belle scarpe da punta.

Sadly, I couldn’t locate the company on any social media sites. There are no company Facebook or Twitter accounts that I know of.

Their official website link is Colomboitalia.xoom.it.


Antares Dance Line Pointe Shoe From Italy

Flickr.com, Italian Flag by Ed Yourdon, no modifications, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/There are many people the world over that admire the craftsmanship of Italian shoes. Italy dominates the world of high fashion designer footwear. Some people actually travel to Italy once a year to attend fashion shows and purchase Italian-made shoes.

As far as cobblers pride and striving for quality first, Italian-made footwear products are at the top of the list; that includes pointe shoes. Speaking of Italian brands,  we can now add a model by Antares of Italy to our list!

 The Antares Dance Line Company

The Antares Company has its headquarters in Monza, Italy, not far from the border of Switzerland. They own and operate an ultra-trendy dance shop and have been in business since the 1980’s . Antares has a wide selection of professional dance shoes, costumes and accessories. Their shoe designs are beautiful; especially the metallic embellished styles in their VIP Collection.

Antares pointe shoe

Italian model Antares

After making an inquiry about their pointe model through their Facebook page, they were gracious enough to respond to me.

Grazie, Antares.

According to Andrea Antares, the model is manufactured by them  in Italy.

It can be custom designed for either a beginner or a professional. 

The model featured here appears to have high sides, a u-shaped vamp, a low profile and a wide, but narrow platform. It has beautiful aesthetics.

A Real Passion For Dance

One of the first things I noticed about this company is that you can feel their high energy and passion for all things dance. You can see it in the company photos. You can feel it through the decor of their shop in Monza.

This Italian shoe-business listing site has wonderful photos of the Antares shop, some products and company members; Negozi de Scarpa Italy.

You can learn more about their dance products by visiting their official website, Scarpeantares.it.  Click on Scarpe Donna, then go to Classica under the Non Solo Latina category to see the pointe shoe and ballet slipper.

Visiting the Antares Dance Line page on Facebook gives you a great idea of the exciting apparel they offer the dance world.

 

Flag photo: Flickr.com, Italian Flag by Ed Yourdon, no modifications, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

Triunfo Of Italy-Pretty In Any Language

Triunfo Pointe Shoes
Scarpe Triunfo

Triunfo Is Pretty In Pink

I am not sure how to say pretty in pink satin in Italian, but I wish I did.

These lovely Triunfo pointe shoes have all the features of a beautifully hand-crafted shoe; something which Italy has always been superior at producing.

I don’t know which model this Triunfo shoe is, but I find it so pretty. There is a richness to the shade of satin and a sturdy look to the platform shape and size that looks perfect for ease of balancing. In Italian, scarpe means shoe. Bella means beautiful. This Triunfo is scarpe bella.

 

Freddy Pointe Shoes

The Gems Of Genoa

As a writer who lives in the United States, nothing attracts me more than researching pointe shoe brands from countries other than the U.S.  Writing an article about a pointe shoe made in New Jersey, for example, just wouldn’t be as interesting.

I was under the mistaken assumption that the Freddy pointe shoe was created in Germany. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Freddy brand is Italian.

Back in 1976, Carlo Freddi began his dancewear company in the beautiful city of Genoa, which is located on the coast of northwest Italy. Since that time the Freddy Company has grown to include fitness footwear, dance and gymnastics apparel. The company has many retail locations throughout Italy and also expanded into other countries like Greece, Japan, and the U.K.

Several years ago the Freddy company joined with The Royal Ballet to create The Royal Ballet Dancers Collection. This collection was created for the dancers of the Royal Ballet to use during class and daily rehearsals.

The Freddy pointe shoe collection has 9 different models. Instead of names, the models have numbers. Other Italian pointe shoe makers use the numbering system with their pointe shoes as well. Perhaps this is something I should inquire about.

902 This model was designed for students new to pointe work. The toe box and wings are softer for comfort. The flexible sole allows for easier demi-pointe. This model has a short vamp and medium strength shank.

903 The 903 is also a beginner pointe shoe with the same characteristics as the 902, but with a medium vamp length.

903CR This model comes with a leather toe, softer box and wings, and a medium strength shank. This is also a  student  pointe shoe.

904M This model was created for students through advanced dancers. The toe boxes and shanks are harder for durability. They come with a medium vamp and medium strength shank.

904W This model has the same design features of the 904, but with a wider platform.

906MV For advanced dancers. The platforms are wider and come with medium strength shanks and medium vamps.

906LV This model is for advanced dancers and has the same characteristics of the 906, but with a longer vamp.

907 This model is Freddy’s exam pointe shoe. It comes in the standard size of medium shank strength, medium vamp, and medium profiles..

908 This model is Freddy’s professional pointe shoe. The shanks are hard, the vamps are longer, and the boxes have a medium profile.

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Are you wondering why Carlo Freddi uses the letter y instead of his name, Freddi? It turns out that the letter y makes a better business logo and can be shaped into the image of a dancer.