Pointe ballet shoes in colours that match Asian and black skin tones are being made for the first time in the UK.

For women of colour, practising ballet used to mean having to paint pointe shoes to match their skin tone, as the shoes were only available in variations of pale pink, cream or nude. The process called “pancaking,” involves applying foundation or powder to the shoes.

But now dancers won't have to spend time on the matching process - as dance shoe design and manufacturing company Freed of London has begun selling pointe shoes in bronze and brown in partnership with dance company Ballet Black.
但现在,舞者们没必要花时间配色了,因为伦敦的舞鞋设计与制造公司Freed of London已经开始和舞鞋公司黑色芭蕾合作,开始销售古铜色和棕色的足尖鞋。

The release of the new colours, according to the Ballet Black website, comes after “over a year in development.”

“The Freed of London ethos has always been to develop shoes to meet the needs of each generation of dancer and these new colours continue to reflect this,” it reads.
它写道,“Freed of London的公司理念就是不断开发新鞋子以满足每一代舞者的需求,这些新颜色就反映出这一点”。

And Ballet Black founder and artistic director Cassa Pancho called the release a “historic moment in British ballet history.

Although ballet shoes created for women of colour have been available in the US for more than a year, this is the first time they will be handmade in the UK.