Pointe Shoe Makers, 1924 - 2015

Barneys

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: Chicago IL 1920's
Little is known.

Aistons

Theatrical Footwear

American Toe Shoe Company

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: New York
Offered a toe shoe with a stretch back by 1934.
No longer in operation by that name.
Origin: New York, 1917  For More

Ben and Sally

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: New York
The Perfect Toe" ad found 1924, followed by "Noi-Z-less" 1925. The Ben and Sally "Noi-z-less" Pointe Shoe had a rubber cushion in the pointe, patetented Dec. 30, 1924. (And I called the Gaynor Minden ahead of their time for doing basically the same thing.) You could purchase a pr. of Ben and Sally in Satin for $5.25, in Linen or Black kid leather for $4.50. If you wanted soft toe shoes in black with krome sole (whatever that is) it cost $3.50.
No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: New York
Little else known
No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Extensive advertising from 1925-1934, specializing in Italian Shoes. My favorites: The 3 mile walk and a description of the Hoffert Italian Point Shoe that makes me want to put a pair on.
In 1938, Chicago offered free rabbit fur toe pads with purchase of pointe shoes.
Available for purchase.
Origin: New York, 1887 See More

History:

Origin: Sydney, Australia 1932
Jacob Bloch

Bloch

Primary distribution pointe for USA appears to be in Reno NV. Cool Page: blochworld.com

Capezio

L. Bruggi

Chicago Theatrical Company

Freed

History:

Origin: Great Britain, 1903
Luigi Gamba
Earliest Ad found in collection was  from London publication "The Dancing Times" 1928.
Luigi Gamba, was making Pointe Shoes in London by 1912. Prior to this English dancers imported thier shoes from Italy. The first Englishman to make pointe shoes for Anna Pavlova was Gamba's shoemaker, Alfred Furse for more visit
http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/Gamba.html

History:

Origin:  Great Britain, 1928
Fredrich Freed
According to Wikipedia: "Freed was started in 1929 by a Fredrich Freed, a cobbler, and his wife who previously had been employed at Gamba, ... In 1990, Freed was taken over by a large Japanese company called Onward Takiyama.4 The Freed of London headquarters remains in England. Originally located in Covant Garden, it new home is at Well Street, East London.5"

History:

Origin: Russia, 1988
Nikolai Grishko

Grishko removed draw string to reduce sawing action on tendon. It stays on just as well as any other shoe, perhaps better.

Grishko removed draw string to reduce sawing action on tendon. It stays on just as well as any other shoe, perhaps better.
No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: New York, 1924 or before
Little is known. Ads found provide little info. No additional info.

History:

Origin:  New York, 1993
Liza (Gaynor) Minden John Minden
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Available for purchase.
Freed is a deep vamp, and not pre-arched. Dancers who push too far over pointes and snap shanks find this lack of arching an advantage.

For more about the making of Freed Pointe Shoes

Illinois Theatrical Shoe Co.

Gamba

Gaynor Minden

Available for purchase.
Gamba, Britain’s oldest brand established in 1903, is now owned by Repetto the reputable French manufacturer. Many world famous dancers wear Gamba and Repetto shoes and dancewear.” www.repetto.com
Available for purchase.
Grishko is a durable shoe that requires a lot of time to break-in. Produces several styles and box shapes. The "Fouette" is a square box. The "Vaganova" is a V shape. Ulanova is a U shape. Their hard/strong shank is very strong. Width X is very narrow, width XXXX is wide enough to fit some men's feet.
. www.Grishko.ru
Available for purchase.
Their web site offers great info about ballet, health and safety as well as about their great shoes: Gaynor Minden's dancer.com

G. Georges

Grishko Ltd.

La Mendola

E. Landi:

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: Chicago
Appears to have had a pointe shoe in the 1930's called the Meritoe, and Merit.

No longer in operation by that name.
Origin: New York, 1925 or before, produced V vamp and heeled toes
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Now LA Mendola Dance & Gymnastic Footwear, 1795 Express Dr N, Hauppauge, NY 11788

History:

Origin: New York
Little is known.  Ads appeared in the early 1930's.  Shoes were available in the late 1970's.  Their shoes were extremely sturdy

Prima Soft

Rapetto

New York Theatrical Shoe Co

Rovick Theatrical Shoe Co

Sinatra

Nicolini

Selva

Sansha

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: 218 S Wabash Ave Chicago ILL
Little is known. Ads found provide little info.
No longer in operation, however the name became a style of shoe sold by Capezio.

History:

Origin:
Romeo Nicolini
His pointe shoes were on the feet of Pavlova and Tamara Karsavina. Shoes were almost silent on stage. For pics of 1914 shoe see vam collection uk
It is said the Pavlova found them too light. perfect-pointe.com

History:

Origin: 1996
. "Prima Soft pointe shoes are made of natural materials and no plastic, fiber- glass or rubber is used in the shoe construction." Their first style was a professional grade shoe - very light weight. It had a unique high vamp of cloth but low vamp of sturdy materials making roll-up easy and fitting some feet that are difficult to fit. Styles introduced later were more appropriate for student use
No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: 431 S Wabash, Chicago ILL
Little is known. Ads found provide little info.
No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: New York
Little is known. Ads found provide little info.

History:

Origin: FR Duval
see pointeshoebrands.wordpress.com
Sansha's designer is French, but may have some link to a visit in China
Sansha offers a replaceable wood shank in some pointe shoes. The newest she is the Duval
Available for purchase.
Prima Soft continues to produce pointe shoes, now offering 6 styles. Visit Prima Soft
Available for purchase.
Origin: Paris
repetto.com
Available for purchase.
No longer in operation, however, Capezio produced a style by that name.

History:

Origin: New York by 1925
Jimmie Selva,  See More

Tempo

No longer in operation by that name.

History:

Origin: Chicago IL
Professional Shoe Corporation
Tempo Toe Shoes offered a “V” instep to grip the foot, “like a friendly hand.” This was not an original idea ads as early as 1925 show pointes with the arch hugging design.
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