Tag Archives: Pointe Shoe Brands

DeVarona of Mexico

In one of my earlier posts, I had a mystery pointe shoe photo of models named DeVerona that I found on an Argentinian merchant website. Because the name De Verona means of Verona in Spanish, I took a guess and thought this pointe shoe  may have been an Italian pointe shoe brand from Verona, Italy. I was wrong!

I stumbled upon more photos of this pointe shoe and was able to get the information I was looking for. The pointe shoe brand name is DeVarona of Mexico.

DeVarona Pointe ShoesThe DeVarona Company produces these pointe shoes in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico which is located right in the middle of Mexico. For many years I was under the impression that Miguelito was the only Mexican brand available. It is always exciting to finally solve a pointe shoe mystery and discover yet another beautiful pointe shoe brand.

DeVarona pointe shoes made in MexicoDeVarona pointe shoes are available in pink, red and black satin. They have a standard model, a reinforced model, and can also make special order pointe shoes for men.  Currently, the DeVarona Company does not have a company website so the information about their design specifications are limited.

Inquiries about the Devarona pointe shoe model can be made through the following contact information:

E-mail -devaronazapatillas@hotmail.com or phone(473) 732-3547



Thanks to information provided by a reader, we now have the official website address of DeVarona in Mexico. Not only does this company offer basic pointe shoes in black, pink and red satin, they have amazing silver, blue and green satin pointes too.

The website  does not have an English version as far as I could see, but it is well worth the visit to see the range of beautiful dance wear  and ballet shoes that DeVarona offers. This company also offers an amazing choice of colors in soft ballet slippers.

I have added the company link to the sidebar. You can check out the colorful variety of slippers and pointe shoes by visiting their official website, www.zapatillasdevarona.com.mx

Benefis-More Than Just Tutus

Benefis-Kiev pointe shoe K0001


The Benefis Dance Wear Company in Chisinau, Moldova is well-known for producing some of the most beautiful  classical tutu and ballet costumes in the world. The company has been producing dance wear since 1995 and is the only ballet costume manufacturer in the country of Moldova.

Moldova is located in Eastern Europe and is nestled between the countries of Ukraine and Romania. The Benefis website contains a surprise; pointe shoes.

I hadn’t visited the Benefis website in quite a while, so I was surprised to see pointe shoe models for sale.  I was fortunate enough to receive a quick response from Benefis about my inquiry of these shoes.

The Kiev Pointe Shoe Brand

The pointe shoes sold on the Benefis website are made in Kiev, Ukraine making them totally unique and a 100% Ukrainian pointe shoe brand. I was also fortunate enough to be contacted by an avid reader who has a pair of the Kiev pointe shoes in her collection. These are her personal photos of the Kiev pointe shoe. Thank you for sharing these great photos.

Kiev Pointe Shoes

Russian-Style Design

Kiev pointe shoe sole

Maker's Stamp

Kiev pointe shoes

Kiev Pointe Shoes

Kiev pointe shoes made in Ukraine

Made in the Ukraine

Kiev pointe shoe bottoms

Thick Leather Soles

Benefis only sells this model in two limited sizes. They don’t carry a large inventory of the Kiev model. The model, K0001, comes in a child’s size and an adult size. At the time of this post, Benefis had 3 pairs of these wonderful, Russian-style  pointe shoes in stock.

The discovery of a new pointe shoe brand makes all the research and hunting for information worthwhile. The Ukrainian-made K0001 is an intriguing pointe shoe model and adds  another country to the list of pointe shoe brands from all over the world.

LePapillon Pointe Shoes

Papillon Avignon pointe shoes


The Mysterious Papillon Avignon

When I found this pretty photo of the Dutch pointe shoe Papillon Avignon I was intrigued.

LePapillon of Holland is a very interesting company. The company is Based in Amsterdam, Holland, but have given themselves  a very French name.

The website offers a choice between the English and Dutch languages. Never have I seen a photo of any Papillon pointe shoes other than this photo and the photos on their website. This is what makes a pointe shoe brand so intriguing to me. You know the company exists, but there is so little information available about them.

Looking through the LePapillon website I noticed 5 different pointe shoe models, the 1100, Paris, Milan, Madrid, and London. The Avignon is nowhere to be found. I have made an inquiry to LePapillon about the Avignon model.

When (or if) I receive more information about the Avignon model, I will update this post. For now, the Papillon Avignon will remain a mystery indeed.

* 2/11/11 Update: LePapillon returned my inquiry today. They no longer carry the Avignon. It has been discontinued.

Ting Pointe Shoes

A Chinese Pointe Shoe Brand

The Ting Dance Wear Company is headquartered in the bustling city of Beijing, China. The company founder, Tina Chen, has an extensive and very impressive back round in the dance arts. Her accomplishments are truly amazing and range from experience as a Royal Ballet Teacher’s training graduate to a performer to the author of books and video’s.

Tina Chen’s Ting Company has grown into one of the worlds largest dance wear suppliers with over 400 products that are made in 2 huge factories in Guang Dong, China and Jiang Su Province.

A Large Dance Wear Company With Only One Pointe Shoe Model?

The Ting Dance wear Company manufacturers a large inventory of dance shoes. If you look at the size of their 2 factories, it is obvious that Ting is a very successful dance wear supplier in China and all over the world.

They seem to be concentrating on other dance genre’s with shoe production,however. I was surprised to see only one model of pointe shoe being sold on their website, the Ting Satin.

Ting Satin pointe shoes from China

Ting Satin

Ting Satin-The Lonely Only

I don’t know why certain dance wear companies will focus on producing certain types of dance shoes over another. Supply and demand might have something to do with it.

I have noticed small dance wear companies with over 9 different pointe shoe models, and huge companies that only offer one model.

I have seen photos of the Ting pointe shoe in canvas, but the canvas model isn’t seen on the website. The Ting website has an English version which is nice. Unfortunately, there is little information about the Ting Satin model. I would love to find out more about it.


Triunfo Of Italy

I was browsing through the Triunfo website today and noticed something very different about the website. The layout and products have totally changed since last year.

The New Look Of The Triunfo Website

The first thing I noticed was the fact that Triunfo is now selling other brands of pointe shoes besides their own. I was very disappointed by this! One of the most attractive qualities of a European pointe shoe website is looking at brands that are unique to that company. This is another manufacturer that has succumbed to the pointe shoe globalization bug.

Brand Globalization Is On The Move

Why do pointe shoe manufacturers sell other brands on top of their own? I can only guess that it’s a business move. Maybe the dancers that come in for fittings want hundreds of choices. Maybe it’s more profitable to sell other brands at a commission, I don’t know. It was still a shock to see Gaynor Minden and Grishkos on Triunfo’s inventory.

If every pointe shoe manufacturer did this, think how confusing buying pointe shoes would be. Can you imagine Repetto selling Suffolk pointe shoes or Russian Pointe offering Capezio’s? I will miss the fact that Triunfo used to be a 100% Italian pointe shoe website.

The Triunfo Spartacus-For Male Dancers Only

Triunfo Spartacus-Pointe Shoe For Men

Triunfo Spartacus For Male Dancers

I haven’t visited the Triunfo website since last year. I was pleasantly surprised to find a shoe here that wasn’t on the site last year. This is the Spartacus model and it is strictly a man’s pointe shoe. This shoe is described as a strong model created to withstand higher thresholds of pressure and weight. They only come in black and they have 3/4 shanks with hand-stitched soles.

Pauls Pointe Shoes

The Paul’s company in Koln, Germany has a very long and interesting history when it comes to making pointe shoes by hand.According to the about page on the Pauls website, it all began way back in 1919.

Theo Paul was an established cobbler working for the Cologne (Koln) Opera in Germany. Anna Pavlova was performing in the city at that time. Pavlova came in to Theo Paul’s shop to get a broken shoe repaired. Theo Paul not only repaired Pavlova’s shoe, but created a special pointe shoe model named after her, the Pawlowa.

Almost 100 years later, Pauls still makes this model by hand. Fascinating, isn’t it? I love the history of pointe shoe making in Europe. Instead of the photos from the official Pauls.co website, I found another photo of the Pauls Pawlowa model.

Pauls Pawlowa -pointe shoes made in Germany


The Pawlowa comes in two different choices; satin or leather. Unfortunately, the website offers no information about the design features of these shoes. My German translating needs a lot of help, but I did notice different options for shanks and widths on the Pawlowa.  This is definitely a pointe shoe I would love to add to my collection!

Ballerina Brand Pointe Shoes From Japan

Beautiful And Mysterious

The Ballerina Dancewear Company has a been a real challenge to research. Perhaps research is the wrong word. The Ballerina website seems absolutely stripped of any real information that a dancer can use to make a pointe shoe decision.

The Ballerina Company website has no “about” page, and even more mysterious, no contact e-mail for the business. They supply a fax number and telephone number for inquiries about their products. Asking customer service a question from the United States would require a translator, a fax machine, and a good long-distance carrier on your phone service.

There are English words on the website mixed in with Japanese, but not enough to decipher the meaning. Finding the Ballerina website has solved two of my pointe shoe mysteries regarding the EX II and Legato model which you can see here at the top of the page. The Legato model is the third pointe shoe from the top left and the EX II is next to it on the right. The pointe shoes do all have names, but so far I am able to come up with the EX, EX II, Legato, and RX. None of the models have any design specifications other than color.

The Ballerina pointe shoe collection is amazingly pretty, and it appears that there are at least 3 retail shops in Japan that sell Ballerina products. Hopefully this pointe shoe company will provide an e-mail contact sometime in the near future.

The Ballerina of Japan website is just as pretty as their pointe shoe models. You can visit their website here.

Freed’s Pointe Shoe Miniatures

Ekaterina Of Costume Creations.UK

Freed Miniature Pointe Shoes

Ekaterina’s Pointe Shoe Fitting

This young, beautiful ballet student is going through the dreaded pointe shoe fitting process that all ballet dancers go through. She is trying on a pair of Freed miniatures in this photo.

As you can see, the vamps are too long for her. She may do better in a Grishko or Russian Pointe miniature. In case you are wondering why a kitten in pointe shoes has shown up here at Pointe-shoe-brands,  there are some things in life that are simply too hard to resist!

Ekaterina is a female Persian kitten and is the latest member of the Costume Creations Dancewear Company in the United Kingdom.

She still has a long way to go as far as building up foot (paw) strength, but I feel she will make a wonderful apprentice at the Mariinsky Theater when she gets older. And think how beautiful she’s going to look in a white classical tutu!

Ekaterina  is now on Facebook where you can see her in her classical tutu

Multi-Colored Spanish Pointe Shoe Miniatures

Pink Miniature Pointe ShoesSilver Miniature Pointe ShoesHot Pink Miniature Pointe ShoesGold Miniature Pointe ShoesBlack Miniature Pointe ShoesThese pointe shoe miniatures are from The Spanish Dancewear Company in Grenada, Spain. The website doesn’t give a size on them so it is unclear if they are really tiny or if they are the larger 3″ size. If I was going to buy a pair of these pretty miniature pointe shoes, I would have a hard time choosing what color. Looking at the photos I notice that the black pair appear pre-arched and the silver pair have the same toe box shape as the Rumpf Maria which I find interesting.  What color do you prefer?

Capezio’s Latest Pointe Shoe Model-Tiffany

Capezio TiffanyGood News For Short Toes

So far, the Capezio Tiffany model is looking like a wonderful alternative to the discontinued Odette model. I am always pleased when pointe shoes are made with shorter vamps and having another model available with shorter vamps will make dancers with short toes a bit happier. The Tiffany hasn’t yet been added to any of the Capezio websites, but is being sold through popular dance supply companies here in the U.S. The Tiffany is lower cut on the sides and heel, similar to the Aria. The best thing about this model is being able to order it with a hard shank. Only time will tell if this model will become popular and sell well for Capezio. Because the Tiffany is just now becoming more well-known, reviews and opinions have been very few. The Tiffany is very pretty and I wish Capezio success with this new pointe shoe model.

I would like to personally thank Zoe Cleland, Capezio’s pointe shoe expert for providing additional information about the Tiffany model. The Tiffany model may make a possible alternative to the Plie I, but is a harder pointe shoe. Here are the design specifications of the Capezio Tiffany:

Tiffany #126:   (Capezio’s new shoe!)

New last!

• Engineered to provide a better fit for today’s feet

• Tapered toe and heel

•  Slightly shorter vamp than Glissé

• Hand-molded

• Strong toe box

• No.3 shank skived from 3/4 down to 0 for quick break in and greater flexibility

• Flat crown

• Generous platform for stability and ease of balance

• U-Throat and elastic drawstring

• Moderate length feathered side wings for support and smooth roll through

• So Suede® lining absorbs moisture, fights bacteria to reduce foot odor, and provides abrasion resistance

• Crease resistant back quarter panels

• Heel height like Glissé

• Good for toes of uneven length, bunions, shorter to moderately long toes, those needing moderate support and those having difficulty getting on top of the platform

• Good for dancers of all levels

• N, M, W more generous widths

• Begin street shoe size

(Tiffany ES #128: Same as Tiffany except with a #5 shank.)