This Studio Pointe shoe by Capezio is designed to be quieter and last longer. Shoe is built with the #7.5 strength shank, which is the hardest that Capezio offers. Also features the hardest toe box by Capezio and features an elasticized binding that enhances fit and prevents gapping.
I have naturally high arches and wide to narrow feet so, I couldn't find any shoes that really held my arch and looked good. Then my teacher recommend these!! They lasted me a good few months! I was very pleased with these and can't wait to see how long they will last through nutcracker!
The description of theses shoes as "capezio's strongest box and shank" had me very exited, but upon wearing them I discovered many faults. The box and shank sure were strong but too much so. I enjoyed the support, but demi-pointe was simply impossible in these. I usually take no time to break shoes in, but these were a different story. The unbreakable demi led to the heel slipping off any time I moved especially on flat. They are 3/4 shanked a bit too low on my arch, and a the vamp was a bit shallow, but my main problem with them was the horrible demi-pointe break in. I've had these for a month and although the lasting strength of the box is nice, break-in is still unsuccessful. I ended up having to sew and extra peice of elastic on my heel to lace the ribbons through for extra resistance when trying to stand demi. This helped a bit but not too much, the heels fell off incesantly! I suggest these for no one.
I have finally found an amazing pair of pointe shoes for my wide, arched feet! They have lasted me forever! I got a pair in mid-November to break in before Nutcracker and they have lasted through Nutcracker and I am just now getting another pair. The elastic drawstring is great. It forms to my foot so I don't have a gap thing going on when I'm on demi pointe. Love love love!
These shoes, in my opinion, are a cut above the rest of the Capezio pointe shoe models. Their new elastic drawstring is a very nice, fresh new feature. I also feel like the satin is a bit more supple/stretchy than those of the other models. They are also very silent, which is pleasant to hear whenever I execute bourres sur la pointe across the floor. Last but not least, their durability compared to the other Capezio models simply astounds me. I have highly arched, stronger feet , and in any other Capezio model, I would kill the shoes within one or two days, tops. These lasted me for 3 weeks, a superb improvement. I just wish their vamps would be a bit higher, but overall, very good shoes, very good.