In the creative development of Elektra Tech our team had to think outside the box
Pun intended, of course
The Elektra has two main thermoplastic components: the box/shank housing and the shanks. Both components have been created to offer the most stability possible while allowing foot articulation through demi-pointe.
The box is made up of two different densities of thermoplastic which create THE RING and the shank housing. This feature provides a gradation of reinforcement allowing the dancer to have a unique sensibility to the shoe. It maintains support in the areas necessary (i.e. the metatarsal region) and flexibility showcasing the natural movements of the dancer’s feet. The shank housing has been methodically planned out to deliver optimum suppleness through tendu yet support for the dancer when en pointe. To better explain, think about an egg shell. When pressed together on the top and bottom it can withstand an exorbitant amount of pressure/weight. Conversely, when pressed together on the sides the egg will easily break.
Through innovative engineering, Só Dança has made thermoplastic work in favor of the dancer’s needs. Striations on the shank housing allow the dancer the flexibility they need yet will lock into place when en pointe.
With the shanks also being made up of different densities of thermoplastic, we are able to fully customize the dancer’s shoes to their feet and needs. As the material can be heated and cooled multiple times without affecting its integrity, dancers can use this for an added customizable benefit showcasing the natural curve of their feet.
WE CARE ABOUT OUR PLANET
As the shoes will not breakdown and can be heated and cooled multiple times, Só Dança has committed to do our part in protecting our planet. The Elektra is recyclable! Program details to be announced.
Thermoplastics are a step above. Let’s think of butter. Butter can be melted and cooled multiple times into various shapes. So can thermoplastics! This allows the Elektra to have flexible properties not achievable with traditional plastic.
“Elektra respects the tradition, beauty and strengths of the original pointe shoe but has made great innovations with respect to flexibility, design, durability, customization, and performance.”
Lisias Ransan, Creator
You are probably wearing thermoplastic right now. The evolution of this material is quite fascinating.
ThermoSET plastics will always remain in a permanent solid state once they have been molded. Brittleness and immobility can be a detriment to the anatomy, particularly in the feet as we have multiple bones, tendons and ligaments working together to get from flat to en pointe.
NOT ALL POLYMERS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Polymers make up most of the world we live in, but their applications are vastly different. When we look at the materials available to us, we can clearly see there is a better choice for use in pointe shoes.
The term “plastic” tends to have a negative connotation. Years ago, one used to compare plastic to that of lesser quality. Now, this statement could not be farther from the truth. The practical purposes of this evolving material continues to grow and shape the manufacturing world. With the invention of thermoplastics, companies all over the globe have been able to use them in a variety of ways. Thermoplastics range from nylon t-shirts to Teflon™ cooking pans. The range is so vast and unique allowing an enormous amount of diversity in material characteristics.