Projects

On Pointe

Student/s: Marilena Christodoulou
Mentored by: Jordi Truco
Promotion: 2018


A Pointe Shoe is worn by ballet dancers while performing en pointe. This ballet technique, which is performed by rising to the tips of the toes, enables dancers to create the illusion of incredible lightness and sylph‐like appearance. However, pointe work causes pain, blisters, calluses, and disfigurement of the feet, commonly known among dancers.

These injuries can be prevented if the feet are better supported. Dancers, pointe shoe fitters, and podiatrists agree that finding Pointe Shoes which fit correctly and adjust throughout your career could help to avoid feet injuries. Sports clothing are demanding a radical shift requiring the integration of digital technologies not only in making but also in designing. Each dancer has unique feet, with variations of toe length and shape, arch flexibility, and mechanical strength.

The objective of this study is to prove that a parametric system can be developed for designing a pointe shoe adaptable to all feet.

Programme: Master’s Degree in Advanced Design and Digital Architecture