These have the Aris Allen Raw Sole - which is made from flexible hard leather that gets "faster" over time by repeatedly absorbing the natural humidity in the air (especially at a dance) and drying.
The footbed is cushioned, and the sole is the fabulous Aris Allen Raw Sole; awesome to dance on. Aris Allen's philosophy is that your dancing will look more authentic if you wear the same shoes the dance was invented in. The peep-toe is purposely kept 1940s small so you're still pretty protected if you get kicked in the toe.
A note about handmade Aris Allen Women's Rugcutters - The shoe on your foot is the product of a craftsman who sees the shoe from start to finish. They are not stamped out. Expect tiny imperfections.
If you want to customize these, it's pretty easy to replace the shoelaces with colored ribbon (that may or may not wrap up your ankles).