Founded in 1932 by Jacob Bloch, a cobbler from Eastern Europe who emigrated to Australia during the great depression, Bloch is one of the most prestigious dance brands, mostly known for its unequalled pointe shoes. In the late 1930s many overseas ballet companies toured Australia, including The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Jacob made shoes for many of these visiting Russian ballerinas, including Tamara Toumanova, Irina Baranova, David Lichine and Helene Kirsova – all to their own specifications. His reputation for making high quality dance shoes spread rapidly and Bloch grew out to become one of the most trusted brands within the industry. The secret of the Bloch pointe shoes lies in the use of several different pastes in the toe box. The Bloch pointe shoe can withstand varying heat and humidity and at the same time mold to the shape of the foot.
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