Flyte Pointe Shoes
The Flyte certainly sounds like a good pointe shoe in theory.
It was developed at the University of Wolverhampton by Dr Matt Wyon, a well-respected researcher who has worked with the English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet for many years. Seven years of research have gone into the shoe's creation.
It's claimed to last longer, improve balance and give better shock absorption.
And as you can see in the photo, it's designed to allow an easy demi-pointe right out of the box, while still giving good support en pointe.
The shoe also has some nice features - for instance:
- You can choose a different shank for each foot if you wish.
- Soft polymer has been applied to the platform as well as inside the box, so the shoe is very quiet.
- The platform is finished in non-slip microfiber.
- The ribbons simply clip into place - no sewing.
- The satin outer can be removed and replaced
However I'm not going to get too excited yet. When the shoes first came out, they launched a Youtube video of a dancer wearing them. You would think they'd make an effort to show the shoes at their best, yet they looked baggy and wrinkly en pointe - most unattractive.
That video has since been removed, so there is nowhere to see the shoes in action. And as they are so difficult to obtain (they're sold in only two shops in England and one in Dubai, where they're made), I've yet to meet a dancer who's tried them.
The Flyte pointe shoes are manufactured by Inspire.
If you've tried Flytes, please leave a comment to let me know what you think of them!