Handcrafted in Russia of whisper-soft canvas, the Russian Pointe Nouveau U-cut split sole ballet slipper offers a flawless fit. Ribbon Arch draws the slipper gracefully upward for a superbly gap-free line. Nouveau's triangular central section brings enhanced conformity to the arch. Includes elastics pre-sewn at sides of heel, elastic drawstring, and soft, finely woven cotton lining with smooth interior seams.
My daughter has a very, very narrow, tapered foot, so it has always been a challenge to find a shoe that fits her foot well. The RP Nouveau is the best one yet. It isn't perfect (she wears a AAA width), but it hugs her foot better than any other we've tried. It really hugs her arch beautifully, while other shoes just hang like sacks. I really wish that DDS would stock other vamp heights, but the V2 is fine. The color is lovely, but gets so dirty so fast! We're on our second pair now, because my daughter's feet grow like crazy, but aside from being very dirty, her old pair are in perfect condition.
This is based on one class, so I am not sure about the durability. I am usually a leather shoe person, as canvas shoes in the past have always been baggy and never fit right on me (sansha, capezio, body wrappers). I have tried Russian Pointe Almaz pointe shoes in the past, and fit these accordingly. I have an 8 narrow foot, so a 38 W2 worked great. Snug fit with no gaping sides, feel secure on my feet in class. No lumpy pleats, liner sewn in so it won't come unglued like my Bloch's. Elastic presewn. 38 W2 fits similar to a Bloch Prolite II (leather) in 5A. "A" widths hard to find online. Glad that DDS has shoes with narrow width options for fineboned feet like mine.