R-class pointe shoes: the JW and SL collections
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R-class pointe shoes: the JW and SL collections

These two collections by R-class should be the most well-known, as they also exist in the Russian Pointe and Energetiks brands. When ordering a matching model by R-class, you will get the exactly same shoes - yet branded differently. 

JW (Jewels) Collection

The Jewels Collection ( - a.k.a. JW) is characterized by the new, pleatless technology which makes the platform of these shoes very stable, even “edgy”. If you have an experience with these models, you will most probably recognize them on dancers thanks to this silhouette which indeed reminds us of a precious stone’s cut. More specifially, the sole of the Jewels is machine-stitched.

Cut:

All the below models can be manufactured with a U-cut with drawstring or a V-cut without drawstring.

Vamp:

There is also a choice of three vamp heights (V1, V2, V3), where the V2 is the default “medium” one.

Shanks: 

The three standard shanks (S, M, H) give firmer support behind the toes, for the feet which need maximum support for higher-impact movements such as springing to pointe or repeated relevés and turns.
The Flexible shanks (FS, FM, FH) have a unique cutout design of the shank behind the toes, providing more flexibility through demi-pointe.

Models: let's take the models one-by one: 

JW-AL (or Almaz)

A slightly tapered model with a high vamp and a low profile. The only model in the collection with a flat (non-pre-arched) sole.

JW-R (or Rubin)

The universal one: a medium-tapered box with a big platform, medium profile, medium heel. Pre-arched.

JW-S (or Sapfir)

The narrowest shoe which uses its own width scale to fit the most narrow and/or compressible feet, or feet with long toes. Slightly tapered and low-profile, with a medium (not too small) platform. Also being pre-arched.

JW-T (or Topaz)

The Russian Pointe has discontinued this model. (Yet, the Energetiks still have it)

Looks very much like Rubin but has a higher vamp and wings. Pre-arched.

 

SL (Spotlight) Collection

The Spotlight collection was created the same time with the Jewels one, to complete the range with some more high-profile shoes made with the traditional pleated (hand stitched and glued) technology.  All models are pre-arched.

All the below models can be manufactured with a U-cut with drawstring or a V-cut without drawstring.

There is also a choice of three vamp heights (V1, V2, V3), where the V2 is the default “medium” one.

SL-BR (or Brava)

Brava is also a “universal’ model which can fit a wide range of foot shapes. It has a medium to high profile, a lower vamp which opens towards the wings and a medium-big platform. 

SL-BRJ

The same model as the SL-BR but made in a pleatless technology. 

SL-EE (or Encore)

The Encore is a narrow and high-profile shoe with a medium-high vamp.

SL-EEJ

The same model as the SL-EE but made in a pleatless technology. 

SL-EP (or Entrada Pro)

The box of the Entrada Pro would open on its sides to make space for bunions or diamond-shaped feet with a high profile. Smaller platform.

SL- L (or Lumina)

This is the most “square” model. It has a wide “edgy” platform, a roomy box which continues straight towards the metatarsals. Medium vamp and medium box profile.

SL-LJ

The same model as the SL-L but made in a pleatless technology. 

SL-M (or Muze)

A roomy shoe for wide and full feet. A medium platform which opens towards metatarsals and has a high profile. The shoe uses a different scale of widths to comfort even the most full feet.

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