CAPEZIO | AIRESS (NEW) POINTE SHOES 1130,1131,1132 ( TAPPERED NEW POINTE SHOE)
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THE NEW POINTE SHOES ARE CONCEIVED AND DESIGNED WITH THE FUTURE IN MIND. LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON OUR STUDIO SUCCESS!
THE NEW POINTE SHOE INTRODUCES A LARGE MATRIX OF POINTE SHOES TO APPEAL TO A WIDE AUDIENCE. THEY WILL FEATURE TWO DISTINCT TOE SHAPES AND AVAILABLE IN THREE SHANK STRENGTHS
--> Both models are engineered to provide long-lasting wear in class and maximum articulation of the foot in performance
INTRODUCING AIRESS – A NEW STANDARD IN POINTE TECHNOLOGY
While the Capezio brand stays true to its tradition, it also continually looks toward the future, with an eye for innovation and technological advancement. The Capezio history dates back to the original shoemaker, Salvatore Capezio, who at 17, opened up his shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in 1887. He instantly made a name for himself, and dance greats such as Anna Pavlova, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bob Fosse, Savion Glover and more have recognized Mr. Capezio for his craft.
And now, over 125 years later, Capezio remains dedicated to providing dancers with technologically advanced, quality shoes for their art.
The company’s latest innovation is the Airess pointe shoe. This new shoe will include multiple variations of the shoe to appeal to a wide audience. For instance, Airess will feature two distinct toe shapes and will be available in three shank strengths. The shoe is designed to provide long-lasting wear in class and rehearsal and encourages maximum articulation of the foot in performance.
“The new pointe shoes are conceived of and designed with the future in mind,” says Vice President of Design and Merchandising for Capezio, Melissa Brannan. “We’re moving manufacturing technology into a different direction. The level of quality achieved in this shoe category is incomparable in our Airess line and represents the new standard.”
Airess will introduce a new sock lining. The lush, rose-colored, synthetic fiber envelopes the foot and lines the complete interior of the shoe’s upper and shank. This allows for not only a soft feel but also a gripping effect, allowing the pointe shoe to be an even more natural extension of the foot. The shank’s nails are hidden underneath the lining. A wrapped shank will also prevent the lining from bunching up underneath the toes.
Airess has features that make for a flattering look: a reduced crown, narrow arch and reduced and rounded heel curve; a slight “U”-shaped throat that flatters the arch; and a short leather outsole that eliminates excess material at the heel.
The shoe is also engineered to provide extra support and stability. The Airess has a full wing for additional lateral support; a flat and even platform that provides stability en pointe; and elastic binding with an encased elastic drawstring to offer a feeling of security.
In addition, the Airess has a rounded edge on the bottom of the platform for ease in rolling up and down from pointe and is built with quiet toe construction to reduce noise.
Toe Shapes and Shank Strengths
In order to accommodate more people with various toe shapes, Airess is offered in two styles: tapered and broad toe boxes.
“Tapered Styles 1133, 1134 and 1135 will benefit dancers who desire the look of a tapered, or ‘Russian-styled’ pointe shoe, suited for the ‘Egyptian’-shaped foot or a tapered toe profile,” Brannan explains.
“Broad styles 1130, 1131 and 1132 will provide ample room for a wide forefoot and benefit dancers with a ‘Roman’-shaped foot. The look is broader, yet refined, for the preference of today’s dancers.”
Airess will also use a new shank construction, with three shank strengths: FlexiFirm (with a one-half tongue), Firm (with a three-quarter tongue) and MaxiFirm (with a full-length tongue).
“The unique shapes of the three individual shank patterns used in these shoes provides flex points that allow the dancer to achieve a high demi-pointe and the capability for the shank to mold into the arch of the foot,” Brannan adds.
Airess: Tradition and Innovation
The last pointe shoe that Capezio introduced was the Studio pointe shoe, which was released a few years ago. Brannan says that the Studio, now followed by the Airess, demonstrated Capezio’s mission to move ahead, to innovate, while still remaining steadfast in tradition.
“We’re employing technique and information that is decades in the making,” Brannan says. “We can evolve this tradition using all the benefits technology affords us, whether that is material enhancements or the way we shape certain aspects of the products by what we’ve learned through biomechanics of feet in motion. Either way, we embrace the tradition of both the art of dancing en pointe and the heritage of the shoemaking process.”
Airess is available now at local authorized Capezio retailers.
By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa