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“This unique and innovatively designed shoe gives an aesthetically pleasing line and is an ideal shoe for a young dancer’s “growing” foot. It provides anatomical support while improving alignment of the lower leg.”

Janne Blanch, Teacher of Ballet & Allied Studies VCASS.
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