Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Freed Studio Pointe Shoes
Freed pointe shoes are hand made. Ballerinas can order them custom made, choosing a personal cobbler at Freed's. Especially personalized is the shape of the box, which is hammered into shape carefully for each dancer's requirements.
George Blanchine considered Freeds to be lighter and more flexible than other brands. Yet, Freeds are very strong pointe shoes, available in five widths and twenty sizes.
Freeds pointe shoes provide styles for wider feet, called the Studios II. Both the Studios I (has a more tapered box) and II have longer vamps and very stiff wings (the support coming up the sides).
Frederick Freed opened Freeds of London in 1929. He had previously worked for the Italian dance shoe maker, Gamba.