Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ballet shoes – A history from 17th century

Ballet shoes might be new to this fashion world, but they aren’t new to the world at all. These shoes are used by ballet dancers since ages. During the 17th century when ballet dance was formed, the shoes for this dance were heeled. Then one dancer named Marie Camargo wore the first ever flat non-heeled shoe for the ballet dance, which allowed her to move more flexibly and gave her the ability to do more complicated jumps.

Flat ballet shoes

 After the French Revolution, the ballet shoes were only flats adorned with ribbons to secure the foot firmly. These are foldable shoes to allow the dancers to fully extend their feet and do more flexible moves all around. At this time, the ballet shoes were just made of a very thin or no sole below a tough satin cloth, because it was important for the dancer to stay in touch with the ground. With more and more advancement in these shoes, and with the variety of styles, the flexibility of the shoes has gone down and does not allow the dancers to feel the floor.

Now, in recent years the ballet shoes have made its way into the hearts of young women of 21st century. Girls today want to enjoy all the freedom that they can while hanging out in college or work, while partying and meeting friends. They choose to move on from heeled shoes which are uncomfortable for obvious reasons. Where women believe in style and not in discomfort, ballerina pumps have comfortably made its way into the fashion industry.

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