Easter is a time of year where the talk of Angels is quite common place. Some of you may believe that a Guardian Angel watches over you while you dance and some of you may ask for an Angels help when you are trying to get en pointe! But make way for a different type of Angel. One that would use Nike’s characteristics in performance and Blochs long and industry leading history in dancewear to create a very new Pointe shoe.
Guercy Eugene a Miami based designer was tasked with designing a training shoe that will assist developing ballet dancers during the evolution from beginners ballet slippers to traditional pointe shoe. The ‘Nike Arc Angel’ concept was born.
The name perhaps creating a more sporty dynamic to ballet which is typically considered “feminine” and describing a footwear solution that will reduce the impact on dancers feet while in pointe work training. The materials in the design are used to be more durable to allow a longer lasting shoe yet initially soft enough to dance in new.
Safety is embedded deep into the concept where in an industry that injuries are commonplace is definitely needed. 57% of all dance related injuries can be attributed to foot injuries and the ankle is a particular weak point across all sports.
The V-neck lacing will provide upper support which is infused into the braid technology of the shoe which was inspired by an african basket! Inner silicon pods will keep satin ribbons stabilized onto dances leg allowing the dancer to move freely. This provides constant ankle support and enhances blood circulation.
Memory foam technology plays a large part in comfort and safety. Cushioning heels for harsh landings the memory foam will be part of the toe box providing a completely custom fit. This will of course help in preventing bunions and sprains. The more custom the better!
So what do you think? Although still very early in development we could see Nike entering the world of Ballet with these Pointe Shoes. Who knows, the words comfortable and Pointe Shoe may be part of the same sentence in the future?