The most popular Russian Pointe model we sell is the Rubin. As we can no longer get Rubin’s and Rubin Radiances, we’ve switched multiple dancers out of the Russian Pointe Rubin to the Merlet Lisa! The shape of the shoes are very similar and the Merlet Lisa has interchangeable shanks (so the shoe will last longer. Once the shank is dead, you can just swap it out!)
Let’s break down the similarities between the Rubin and the Lisa.
*The shoes in the photos are comparable sizes. The Rubin photographed is a 38W3V2. The Lisa photographed is a 38C.
The photo is a Rubin with a Vamp 2. The Lisa’s vamp length is identical to the Rubin Vamp 2. The Rubin is a U-Cut which the same shape as the Lisa.
The shape of the box on both the Rubin and the Lisa are similar too. They both have a slight taper so they don’t look boxy on your foot, but they’re not too tapered that they can’t accommodate wider feet. The Lisa has a reinforced box so it’s meant to last through multiple shank changes. This is great news since you won’t have to purchase the shoe as often!
Both the Rubin and the Lisa have a wider platform however the Lisa’s platform is just barely wider. Also, the Lisa has a suede tip. If you’re a fan of the Rubin Radiance, you’ll appreciate the suede tip on the Lisa.
The Rubin comes in 4 different shank strengths from Feather Soft to Hard. The Lisa also comes in 4 different shank strengths from a Soft to a Double Hard. The great thing about the Lisa is you can swap the shanks out! If you’re dancing and you think you need a different shank strength, you don’t need to buy a new shoe! You just need a new shank! Also, since the box is reinforced, it won’t die as quickly so once your shank is dead, you just need to swap in a new shank instead of buying a whole new pair of shoes!
A lot of people like the color of the Russian Pointe shoes because they seamlessly match Ballet Pink tights. The Merlet Lisa is slightly peachier, but it’s still on the very light side and it blends in with the tights pretty well!
Has this convinced you to switch to the Lisa? Book your fitting HERE!