The New Elektra Pointe Shoe
So Danca has been in production of a new highly innovative pointe shoe. A pointe shoe so innovative in fact that this could be the last pointe shoe that you will have to buy, with its completely customizable attributes.
History of Pointe Shoe Engineering
The evolution of pointe shoes started in the 1800s when dances began rising to their toes on their own. At first dancer could only go up on pointe for a short amount of time, until Maria Taglioni danced a full-length ballet on pointe (La Sylphide in 1832).
However, the shoes that Taglioni used for this performance where nothing like what we know today. The first pointe shoes ere simply flat slippers that were lightly reinforced by the dancer. Taglioni’s only form of support was darning around the toes. With such light support, pointe work consisted mostly of just brief rises to pointe. Over the course of two centuries, ballet technique and the technique of shoemakers developed hand-in-hand, producing the more supportive shoes that we know today. This leads into the most common and traditional pointe shoe making technique, paper mache.
The shoes that are made using the paper mache method were revolutionary at the time because it gives the dancer the appearance of weightlessness. These shoes took the dancers from demi-pointe to full pointe and helped them defy gravity. The break in period of these shoes are quite extensive. Dancers have manually manipulated their shoes and added hardening paste to create a shoe that hardly resembles its initial form, but creates the look and feel that the dancer wants their shoes to have. However, this manipulation makes the shoe wear down faster.
The next step in pointe shoe evolution can in the late 20th century with monoblock pointe shoes. These shoes are made of synthetic materials and elastomeric thermoplastics were used to create a single block and shank system that were houses in a polyurethane foam. Compared to the pointe shoes that are made with paper mache, these monoblock shoes provide a beautiful look and line in the first wear.
The Elektra pointe shoe was designed through physically studying the anatomy of the foot and where dancers require more support. Through utilizing revolutionary materials, the Elektra has been designed to offer the longest peek of pointe perfection in the market.
What makes this shoes different?
The main differences between the Elektra and other pointe shoes, aside from the material, is THE RING and the SHANK. THE RING is an extra bit of support that is created by a ring encircling the toes. This ring is made out of a denser material than the rest of the box and provides dancers with the essential support that they need. The Elektra has a number of different shanks that can be placed into your pointes by you. These shanks come in two strengths: Flex and Firm. They also come in five shank options: O, I, III, V, and X. Because every dancers feet are different you have the ability to put two different shanks in each of your shoes.
We hope that this has helped you get familiar with the new Elektra pointe shoe from So Danca