Ballet Pointe Shoes

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By: Ashley Nguyen

Have you’ve ever seen ballet dancers wearing those cool shoes that makes them stand on their toes? If you haven’t already, they are called pointe shoes. Most pointe shoes are hand made. You can see pointe shoes in shows like the Nutcracker.

Pointe shoes are are really cool to watch people dance in, but they aren’t very healthy for the human body. Women started dancing ballet in 1681. At that time, ballet shoes had heels. In the mid 18th century, Marie Camargo was the first person to wear a non-heel ballet shoes.

The box is in the front of the shoe for supportting the dancer’s toes when they go up on them. The sole is  at the bottom of the shoe. It overlaps and secures the edges of the exterior of the fabric. The shank is a hard material that stiffens or reinforces the sole of the shoe to support the foot while in a pointe. The ribbons and elastic secure the shoe to the foot.

Here’s a model of the shoe:

 

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For more information, here is a link to an article:

Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe

Here’s a video on pointe shoes: