Suffolk Stellar Pointe Shoes
Product Type: Pointe Shoes
Style Name: Stellar
Suffolk does not currently use style numbers for their pointe shoes.
Colors Available: Suffolk’s Standard Pink Satin. Other colors may be available by special order only.
2- 7.5 in N to XXXXN widths
8 in N, X, XX, XXX widths
The Stellar is perfect for the lower profile foot and enables the dancer to get over the platform, while fully articulating her feet. Suffolk’s patented design is used in the Stellar. This shoe gives the dancer a strong supportive box, wider platform, and arch-hugging insole. The medium vamp with the signature Suffolk U shape is hand cut to perfection.
Manufacturer Site: http://www.suffolkdance.com/pointe-shoes
A supremely beautiful pointe shoe – one of my personal favorites, in fact.
I like to use this as a slightly harder shoe to the Bloch EuroBalance and the Suffolk Spotlight. The platform is beautifully square and you just *know* as a dancer when you’re on or off the platform. It’s that square and sharp… oh and did I mention it’s STABLE?! Yup… that’s how secure I felt on this platform.
It’s a very forgiving and informing shoe. You’ll know when you’re on or not on the platform, and the shoe also gives a wealth of that subconscious feedback that your body really wants when it’s dancing. The shoe is actually designed around the entire idea of letting the shoe help with alignment and placement while en pointe. I like this shoe for all ages and abilities.
Shank-wise – the standard is a fairly good medium English shoe. So it’s not as strong as a Russian shoe (different technique requires differences in the shoes), but it’s a beautifully flexible shoe. The light shank is just that – lighter. One of the beautiful things about Suffolk is that they also do half widths as stock shoes. So if you’re in dire need of shoes – try a different shank first and also be willing to try different widths. A half-width up plus a sockliner (a minor extra charge) can sometimes mean the difference between having shoes and having no shoes.
This shoe was introduced soon after the Spotlight was… I think sometime back in 2012/2013-ish?
My biggest concern with this shoe isn’t so much with the shoe – it’s with the company and stock levels. Suffolk is currently a brand in very high demand due to the quality of the workmanship, and as such, we can see significant backlogs on shoes. In non-peak times, this isn’t usually a big issue (especially on very popular sizes), but it’s also not uncommon to see 8-12 week backlogs at times. If you’re in need of shoes by a certain date (like a Nutcracker performance, YAGP, Summer Intensive), the sooner you can get an order in, the more likely you are to have a steady supply of shoes. Granted – that’s also true for all of the other pointe shoe companies as well, so keep it in mind.
Sizing Info: Generally – Suffolk recommends down 2 sizes from US street shoe, but I have found this is largely padding dependent. Thinner pads stay with the 2 sizes down, but I generally recommend starting 1.5 sizes down from street.
Material/Content: Leather, satin, cardboard
Intro Date: 2012-2013
Discontinue Date: n/a
Other Notes: If you have a need-by date, make sure you let your store (or whomever you’re ordering from) know to make best attempts to get shoes. I’d also strongly suggest be willing to try a different shank if you’re in urgent need of shoes.
*A note about prices – while the MSRP is listed – it is just that. Please remember that your local dance store also has to cover shipping costs of product to the store, lights, rent, other utilities, and oh yeah – HUMANS! When you go into a local dance store – please realize that you are possibly paying a premium for their expertise, knowledge, and having (most) products there on hand. That’s not cheap. Please don’t go “window shopping” there only to save a few bucks. It’s really not worth it. Support your local store. Please. When you do, you validate why we have physical stores and why we, as store owners, dedicate ourselves to providing you with products and knowledge we can stand behind.
*Pointe shoes can also come with modifications. As such – MSRP should be a baseline starting point – not an absolute.