Mar 23 2009
It seemed such a simple idea to create special shoes for ballet dancing that would be lightweight and give the appearance of dancing barefoot. However, it took centuries to implement the whole concept before ballet slippers (or ballet shoes) began to look the way we know it now.
Ballet slippers usually come in four colors: pink, black, gray or white and made from satin, canvas or leather with flexible thin soles. People who just start to learn about the ballet dancing usually confuse them with pointe shoes, which have their own place in the history of ballet as we know it.
Male ballet dancers almost always wear ballet shoes, which is understandable, because they practically don’t dance en pointe. Young ballerinas always start with ballet slippers as their young bones and muscles are not strong enough for more for more sophisticated type of footware. It takes them not less than five years and lot of training before they can wear both types.
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