And now for something completely different: Check out the "Arc Angel," a project by design student Guercy Eugene that re-imagines the pointe shoe. It doesn't look like it's actually in production yet (or affiliated with Nike), but it's a fascinating idea: a sort of half pointe shoe complete with an athletic tread sole and an elastic exercise band that wraps around the foot to prevent sickling. Theoretically its sneaker-y materials make it more durable than traditional shoes, too.
In other words: It's definitely not your grandmother's pointe shoe. And I'm not quite sure how it'd work in reality. But it does look pretty cool. What do you think? Would you try it out?