New York-based designer Sandy Liang makes her debut in the footwear category with a Mary Jane Pointe silhouette inspired by ballet slippers. Not entirely new to footwear, Liang first dipped her toe in the space with Vans for two capsule collections.
Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre in NYC
Reflecting on the launch on Instagram, Liang credited Isabella Boylston, the principal dancer at American Ballet Theater for inspiration. She wrote, “It all started when Isabella invited me to a show and gave me her shoes after. I never got to be a ballerina (cry face) but I’ve been obsessed with pointe shoes ever since I was little. I remember sketching them and gliding around the house in pink satin slippers from Macys pretending to go on tippy toe. It’s been 2 years of talking to different factories and endless hours of fittings and calls – but here we are!! The Mary Jane Pointe launches on September 7th.”
While the ballet flat is a classic, it’s seen a rise of popularity as of late, spurred in part by its appearance on Miu Miu‘s fall 2022 runway as paired with the label’s insanely influential low-rise pleated skirts.
Priced at $495, Sandy Liang’s Mary Jane Pointe shoes in satin or leather are now available at sandyliang.info.