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At Freed of London Ltd, Ballet & Theatrical Shoemakers

Nice article (Thanks, Stephanie Clemens, for passing it my way)

Freeds_Shop- Frederick & Dora Freed outside their shop in St Martin’s Lane.

At Freed of London Ltd, Ballet & Theatrical Shoemakers

The mixing room. Paste is mixed each day by the Freed of London pointe show Makers who use this to create the block within a pointe shoe.

Freed of London, Ltd - Ballet & Theatrical Shoemakers - Once a week, flour paste is mixed to make the paste used to create the blocks for pointe shoes. A little insecticide is included in the blend to prevent weevils eating the shoes.

Hundreds of dead pointe shoes at the Dutch National Ballet. Image taken from a kinda disturbing film that shows pointe shoes being made by Freed and then 'unmade' by dancer Yumiko Takeshima. For those of us who love our pointe shoes it's really rather sad!  Click the link to view the video!

Hundreds of dead pointe shoes at the Dutch National Ballet. Image taken from a kinda disturbing film that shows pointe shoes being made by Freed and then 'unmade' by dancer Yumiko Takeshima.

Audrey Hepburn

audrey hepburn, my love, en pointe. this is one of the three ballet sequences with young audrey hepburn (age in the british film "the secret people" .

Freed_Factory-After the workers have left and the lights are switched out, the shoes lie waiting ….Patricia_Niven

Freed_Factory-After the workers have left and the lights are switched out, the shoes lie waiting ….

At Freed of London Ltd, Ballet & Theatrical Shoemakers

In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London

Freed_Factory- Satin and Calico blanks at the start of the manufacturing {pointe shoe} process -Patricia_Niven

At Freed of London Ltd, Ballet & Theatrical Shoemakers

Freed_Factory-“Crown” has ballerinas who have been his exclusive customers for twenty-four years.-Patricia_Niven

Freed_Factory-“Crown” has ballerinas who have been his exclusive customers for twenty-four years.

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