Designed with the timeless beauty of a classic, the Entrada Pro pointe shoe by Russian Pointe has a shallow heel, medium toe platform, high crown, and is best suited to the "diamond" foot shape, with moderate fullness and moderately tapered toes. Available in sophisticated V-cut vamp without drawstring. Pre-arched construction throughout the shoe mimics the shape of the foot en pointe. Handcrafted in the grand Russian tradition with innovative construction to meet the exacting needs of today's dancers.
I love my Russian Pointes! I am so impressed by the easy break in of these. In my experience all I had to do was put the shoes on and step on demi-pointe (a bit forcefully) and the box was perfectly broken. The shank melted to my arch immediately and the 3/4 gives the shoe a beautiful arch. The vamp is decently high witch I like for extra support. The box is most definitely on the tapered side which suites my feet (two first toes of the same length and the last 3 taper off), but my littlest toe does get a bit squashed sometimes. Not only is break in easy but they last a very long time. I've been wearing one pair for two month while dancing en pointe five times a week! I find these shoes don't break down slowly, but stay in the same condition for a long time and then completely break down very suddenly. Also, with proper elastic and ribbons, the heel never slips off. My negatives are the color (why are they so white) and the noise. I don't mind hearing my shoes in class, but on stage I want a newer shoe that is quiet. Also, the satin on the platform came off completely in just one performance. I suggest darning to prevent all the satin coming off.
This shoe supports me very well. I love the pre-arched design. It makes my foot feel "hugged" and supported and it looks great. I like that they don't have drawstrings, and they're gorgeous shoes. The demi pointe is really hard to break in and painful sometimes. It left bruises on my foot from trying to go up on demi pointe. Also, if you try to wet the vamp to soften it, it leaves stains. The satin on the box also comes of very quickly and easily and the box is very noisy, which doesn't bother me, but lots of dancers don't like noisy shoes, I personally prefer to hear my shoes against the floor. Also, the ink on the label inside the shoes bleeds a lot and left stains on my tights.
These were my third pair of shoes after going through two bloch pointe shoes in less than a year. These shoes were really comfortable and lasted for over a year. They were definitely worth the price I payed for them. The shank and the box were both really supportive. After i danced with them for a little over 6 months I had to jet glue them, but they lasted for about 6 months after that.
the satin on the box came off very easily, also some parts of the satin are slightly bunched up. comfort is pretty good, i like them better than my old shoes (capezio tiffany) because they provide more support and the box goes higher. the pointe shoes did not come with string nor ribbon so i will have to buy those separately later. overall, pretty good shoes. i would recommend going to a ballet store near you for 1st pair to confirm size, then continue shopping on dds. ps i got the entradas size 37 and im size 7ish street shoe.
I have high arches and a wide metatarsal area and they fit me very well. I am new to pointe and they were my first pair of pointe shoes and I feel safe and supported on them and the style and color is beautiful.