Capezio’s Old Lambswool Toe Pads

 

Capezio Lambswool Pad

Capezio Lambswool Toe Pads

Product Type:  Pointe Shoe Accessories

Brand:  Capezio/Generic

Style Name:  Lambswool Pad

Style Number(s):  LWPAD

MSRP:  $7.99*

Colors Available:  One Color

Sizes Available:  Small, Medium, Large

 

Manufacturer Description:

  • Classic Capezio lambswool Toe Pads. These comfortable toe pads made from luxurious lamb’s wool will keep you on your toes for the whole performance.Sizing can vary greatly depending in the width of the foot but for a guide:
    S = 4 – 6.5
    M = 7 – 8
    L = 8.5 – 10

Manufacturer Website:  https://capezio.com


Kat’s Thoughts: 

These are the tried and true toe pads.  The bulk of the lambswool does squish down and provides more blister protection than the gel toe pads that always stay the same (not so much padding – but they do feel really fluffy on first use).  Yup – these pads were the first “real” pads once we moved on from just loose lambswool.

I’d consider these as the “first” lambswool pads.  The design didn’t change radically until Pillows for Pointe came out with a flat-seamed toe pad that eliminated the bulky side seam on these.

However, I believe these still have their place – really narrow or compressible feet (the ones that have a lot of trouble getting enough friction to stay up inside the pointe shoe on the sides of the feet) – seemed to really benefit from having the increase in friction from the side seams.  Those feet still had the blister problems fairly common to ultra narrow/compressible feet with these pads – but those side seams helped keep them placed higher in the shoe itself.  Nowadays , there are other options (gel and such) that may work better on those feet.

Capezio no longer sells these in the US (I was able to find them on the European site though).  I have seen generic manufacturers produce and sell these and I’ve seen them floating around on eBay.

 

Sizing Info: see above.  Long toes won’t like these though (or should consider going up at least a size)

 

Material/Content:  lambswool

Intro Date:  Unknown

Discontinue Date:  Fairly recently – exact date unknown – but within the past ~5 years I think.

Other Notes:  These were popular and similar to several other brands.  I’ve seen them more generically now and not so much in the US.

*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, 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.  Especially on products under $100, 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.

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