Satin shoes are shoes or shoes made with satin and are considered one of the most luxurious shoes for luxury design. Contrary to popular misconception, satin is a weaving technique that includes fabrication with a minimal number of interlaces as well as a glossy surface on the material's surface. This satin weaving technique originated in China and the term "satin" originated in the Middle Ages with reference to samite, a luxurious type of silk. In the past, products made with satin woven fabrics are usually worn only by those of royal blood because of the cost of the fabrics.
The actual materials used to make satin shoes as well as all satin woven products include silk, nylon, polyesters and other filament fibers. But there has been much debate about what satin actually is. And there are two camps, those who insist on the use of silk and those who do not. Traditional satin products were actually made from silk. Apart from this, when the satin weaving technique is used to produce fabrics from short staples such as cotton and rayon, the product is called satan.
Fabrics made from satin weave have a glossy and high glossy appearance that stems from the fabric's large number of floats (missed interlacing caused by placing the warp yarn on the weft yarn or vice versa). Apart from the high gloss and glossy look of the fabric, satin woven fabrics also provide a smoother surface which is one of the main attractions for satin products. Variations of satin weave include granite weave and check weave. A popular version of satin shoes would be ballet shoes because satin has been used for decades to produce shoes for ballerinas. Ballet shoes are essentially light shoes made for the specific purpose of ballet dancing and can be made from a variety of materials including leather, canvas and satin with the constant to have thin and flexible soles.
These materials each have their own set of pros and cons where leather shoes are long lasting and made specifically for beginners while cloth shoes are cheaper but are easier to wear. Finally, satin shoes are usually worn only during performances because shoes made with satin woven fabrics easily wear out. Since these shoes must give the wearer maximum flexibility, these shoes must be made as suitable fit as possible. As such, these shoes are attached to the foot with elastic with a band of said elastic over the arch of the foot and sometimes also double bands over the arch in a cross.
To enable the best fit, manufacturers allow customers to decide how best to attach the straps. An alternative to using elastic is the use of straps. Apart from ballet shoes, satin material is also used in the manufacture of luxury design shoes and is often considered a must by most women for special occasions. In addition to being used to make satin shoes, satin woven fabrics are also used in clothes such as ties and underwear.