Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio TotalStretch Low Vamp Ballet Shoes
Product Type: Ballet Flats
Brand: Angelo Luzio (owned by Body Wrappers)
Style Name: Maria
Style Number(s): 247A and 247C
Colors Available: Peach
Child 10-2.5 Medium and Wide
Adult 3-11.5 Medium and Wide. Narrow available in sizes 3-10.
• low front vamp
• machine washable antimicrobial moisture wicking stretch canvas
• left & right foot curved last
• anatomically designed inner top line to show off arch
• foam cushion lining
• elastic drawstring
• split suede leather sole & heel patch
• spongy cotton heel insole for comfort
• short front sole & long pleats
• stain resistant
Manufacturer’s Website: http://bodywrappers.com/details.php?id=1352
I actually wrote a review on this shoe several years ago (comparing this shoe and it’s sister shoe – the 246) – and it’s still one of my personal favorites. I really like that the lower vamp provides more visibility to the foot. More visibility = show that foot off! Even those with low arches, short toes, or any other “normal” difficulties have their feet look like those exquisite feet that you see in professional photos! I mean – serious DELIGHT!
I’ve copied the review from my since-discontinued blog for my store – verbatim. Updates are at the bottom of the copy.
Body Wrappers, in conjunction with Angelo Luzio, was the first to come onto the market with a stretch canvas ballet shoe (to the best of our knowledge)—the 246 “Wendy”. This shoe was so wildly popular and so well designed—it sparked a whole new era of innovation in flat ballet shoes! Prior to these shoes coming out, most of the “stretch” came from either a neoprene back half (I think Leo’s had that design), an insert in the arch (multiple brands), or different seaming (Fuzi comes to mind). I think it’s important that we define what “stretch” actually is. We are using it here to describe the arch-hugging qualities of the shoe. Usually if the shoe hugs the arch—it tends to also hug in other places (toe, heel, etc).
My husband and I were fortunate to meet Luigi Luzio, the creator of these shoes, a few years ago. Luigi really thinks about the design of the shoe in relation to the foot. A few things that I remember in particular about our conversation was that the shoe is constructed with an arch so that when the arch inverts, the shoe wants to push up against the arch.
Luigi also designed it with specific right and left shoes to be more anatomically correct than most ballet shoes (which are designed to be worn on either foot). They also designed this shoe to stay on without elastics, which it actually did! However, most dancers really like the security of elastic straps, so they added them back. Both models are wider in the toe box than most of the stretch ballet shoes currently on the market. This model proved to be so popular, that they released the 247 “Maria” with some differences to better accommodate the different preferences of dancers (and yes—there are as many preferences as there are people in the world!).
So—what’s the difference between the Wendy and the Maria? Let’s start first with the similarities.
Both are made of machine washable, antimicrobial and moisture wicking canvas. Both are made specifically for the left and right foot (yes – that feature is important for comfort!). Both have an elastic drawstring, have a short front sole with long pleats, a spongy (and squishy) cotton heel insole, and are STAIN RESISTANT (wait… yes… you read that right).
The main differences between the two:
Wendy (246) has a higher vamp (vamp is between the drawstring and the end of the toes/tip of the shoe) than the Maria (247) and has elastics attached at the heel. The Maria (247) has gripper elastic inside the heel for an extra secure fit and pre-attached elastics at both the arch AND the heel—a.k.a. – your criss-cross pattern. Wendy is also available in more colors (peach, black, white, and tan) and sizes, and the Maria is only available in peach (your normal “pink”).
Well – I’m pretty certain that Body Wrappers has dropped the names “Maria” and “Wendy”… but they’ve kept the same style so use the style number. Their peach is a coral-y pink which compliments most tight colors.
In general, the stock on this shoe, particularly in medium width has been very good at Body Wrappers. Wide width isn’t always stocked as deeply – but this shoe does run wider in the toe and metatarsal area than most ballet shoes. Skinny-minny feet probably should avoid this shoe if the narrow width isn’t narrow enough.
Sizing Info: Women – down 2 sizes for “comfort” fit. Down 3 for snug fit. Men – same as street shoe. Child sizes should be same as street shoe. A note on child 3 – an adult 3 will also fit down to a child 1 or 1.5. So if you need some “cross over” space (or need a shoe if your preferred size is out of stock) – try some of the adult sizes as well.
Material/Content: Canvas with pre-sewn criss-crossed 1/2″ elastics.
Intro Date: Around 2012 but after 2010 I believe.
Discontinue Date: n/a
Other notes: This shoe is machine washable. Wash cold, gentle cycle and detergent, and air dry.
*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.