How many La Pointes does it take to dance on your toes? Apparently, it takes several manufacturers and many varieties to keep us en pointe La Pointe style. In one of my previous posts, I spoke about discovering the new model La Pointe by Wear Moi back in February of 2012.
Because it was so new at that time, there were few pictures other than the images found on their website. Hunting around, I recently discovered that Sansha also makes their own La Pointe models. Seven to be exact.
La Pointe Models From Wear Moi Are Made To Order
Wear Moi offers this model as one that can be tweaked to a dancer’s specifications.
According to the order page, La Pointes can be chosen with either a tapered or a square toe box. You can then choose from a large variety of specs:
- Shanks-Extra soft, soft, medium, hard, reinforced hard, reinforced extra-hard.
- Soles– Full, 3/4 or 1/2
- Sizes and widths– 13 through 9, narrow, medium, wide, extra-wide, x extra-wide
- Options- V-shaped vamps and different ribbon choices
La Pointe Models From Sansha- Another Collection Of Specialized Shoes
Sansha has continued to grow its pointe shoe collection into a vast array of models. They seem to branch out faster than I can keep up.
Besides the classic Sansha collection, dancers can choose from the F.R. Duvall collection and now the La Pointe collection.
Sansha La Pointes Are 7 Individual Shoe Types
Instead of having one shoe created much like a custom order, Sansha’s La Pointes are ready to go. Each one of the seven models is uniquely different:
- La Pointe One– A professional lightweight shoe with low sides, a split sole, soft shank, u-vamp and pre-darned platform.
- La Pointe Two- This one has a v-vamp, strong shank and almost a square-shaped box.
- La Pointe Three– Rounded v-vamp, 3/4 strong pre-arched shank and full sole.
- La Pointe Four– This one is a Russian-styled model for strong feet. It comes with a strong 3/4 shank and is constructed with elastic inserts. The toe box platform comes fully darned.
- La Pointe Five– A professional shoe with a soft shank, short vamp and wide, square platforms.
- La Pointe Six– Short vamp, square box designed for narrow feet. A light shoe with very low sides.
- La Pointe Seven-High sides and heel construction. Short v-vamp and the hardest shank of the collection.
It appears that Sansha La Pointes are faster to receive from a customer’s perspective. Wear Moi La Pointes take 4 to 6 weeks to receive because they are made to order.
There are lots of ballet shoe manufacturers that name their models the same names. Both the Wear Moi and the Sansha La Pointes are very, very different types of shoes, however.
Who came first, the chicken, the egg, the Sansha La Pointe or the Wear Moi version? I don’t recall seeing this collection from Sansha in the winter of 2012, but they may have already been on the market at that time.
I’ll guess I’ll have to “get cracking” on solving this one.