Russian Pointe Akoya Pointe Shoes
New from Russian Pointe, three beautiful models of pointe shoes that form the Sea of Pearls Collection - Akoya, Baroque, and Mabe.
Inspired by the elegant luster of pearls and the beauty of the sea, these handcrafted pointe shoes showcase lining that is made from recycled materials and ocean bound plastic - an important step in helping RP to cleanse the sea of harmful materials.
All Sea of Pearls models feature pre-arched construction which mimics the shape of the foot on pointe, highlights the arch while facilitating pointe work, and minimizes the break-in period.
The RP Akoya Pointe Shoes are constructed with a tapered box, medium crown, medium toe platform, and a streamlined heel. They are best suited to dancers with a slender, tapered foot or a longer second toe, who need a narrow-fitting feel.
Features of Akoya include:
• Pleated, medium toe platform
• Tapered box
• Narrows from metatarsal to heel
• Medium crown
• Pre-arched construction
• Natural leather sole
• U-Cut with drawstring
Russian Pointe Akoya Pointe Shoes are offered with the following options:
Size - available in sizes 35-43 (U.S. 6-11).
Width - available in 5 different widths, W2-W6. W3 is the Medium width. Please note W6 is available in sizes 36-43 only.
Vamp - available in Vamp 2 only. Vamp 2 is for dancers with medium length toes and is the most common.
Shank - available in 2 different shanks - Flexible Medium (FM) and Flexible Soft (FS).
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Having been a long time fan of the entrada pro (40w6v2) I was skeptical when I first tried the akoya. To my extremely pleasant surprise, the akoya is quite comfortable, and it gives my feet a good feeling of lift within the box. And the roll through is clean and smooth. Out of the box, size 40w6v2 fit like a glove once I swapped my thin eurotard toe protectors out for my thicker ouch pouches.My feet are notoriously hard to fit (size 9 street shoe, VERY narrow heel, really wide but highly compressible metatarsals, long toes, Morton's toe/elongated 2nd toe plus an extreme taper; medium profile, low but long arch - yeesh!), and until the Akoyas, the only shoe that worked for me across any brand has been the RP entrada pro.My Akoyas don't seem to be lasting as long as my EPs, but they do articulate well and give me a lifted feeling while letting me fully over the box. When I buy them again, however, I will probably try a 5 instead of 6 on the width, since with wear the box has loosened up a bit more than I anticipated. While I will always love the EPs, the Akoyas are a lovely replacement that covers all of my pointe fit needs and most of my wants, and they do it while making my duck feet look every bit as elegant as the v-throated EPs once did (not an easy task!).If I had any complaints at all, they would be that I find the tops of the wings a little bit too soft and that the top of the box at the throat is a little over-flexible/weak for my taste. But seeing as this quick softening is only happening to one of the shoes (I rotate left and right to more evenly distribute west), it very well could just be a manufacturing hiccup.If you were an entrada pro fanatic and are struggling to find a replacement shoe, definitely give these a go. They definitely aren't the same, but in many ways the Akoyas are almost like an improved version of our beloved EPs. Just consider going down a width from the EP sizing if you also have wide but highly compressible feet.