Though the first ballet shoes had heels, the mid-18th century dancer Marie Camargo of the Paris Opéra Ballet was the first to wear a non-heeled shoe, which soon became the standard. Made from soft leather or canvas with a thin leather sole, ballet shoes must fit very closely to the foot for safety and to retain maximum flexibility and balance as dancers execute complicated steps.

Inspired by this classical ballet shoe, FEIT’s interpretation features a one-piece upper in our luxuriously soft semi-cordovan leather with a modern “choked-up” silhouette and a slim leather sole. Unlike most ballet shoes out on the market today, where the upper is sewn by machine directly to an insubstantial leather outsole, providing no support or protection, FEIT’s versatile interpretation of this classic shoe is made in the same spirit but with a more substantial construction that provides protection against harsh urban environments.

The Ballet in Black Semi-Cordovan Leather
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