Freed's Studio Opera is similar to the popular Studio Pointe Shoe, but with a light weight box and shank. Other features include a flexible insole, a standard cut round, a light flexible block, a wide platform designed for easy balance, slightly dipped sides, and a cotton drawstring. Technically manufactured in the Freed of London Factory with entirely natural and biodegradable components. This shoe is perfect for beginners to professionals wanting a supple and flexible shank. Ideal for young, developing feet in the early stages of pointe work. Ribbons not included.