Aris Allen Women's Black and White 1950s Mesh Wingtip Swing Shoes
- These cuties are a perfect copy of an early 1950s oxford shoe!
- This style is a vintage reproduction and features Blucher construction that allows you to tighten or loosen the laces to control the fit on the widest part of your foot.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels and a soft foam footbed which is perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- Wingtip oxfords have the advantage of looking dressy even though they have a shoe lace closure.
- Aris Allen is known for making vintage style swing dance shoes and reproduction models that are more authentic equipment for dancing swing than ordinary ballroom shoes are. Their philosophy being that your dancing will look more authentic if you wear the same style of shoes the inventors of the dance were wearing.
- The heel is approximately 1 3/4 “ and the base of the heel is 1 1/2” wide to keep you stable.
Dancers who tried these on said they fit about the same as your street shoe size.
Because this style is made with a Blucher style construction - which means you can customize the width by loosening or tightening the laces because the bottom of the laces area is not sewn together - it works well with most widths.
ABOUT SUEDE SOLES:
- These are made with Suede Soles which are wonderful to dance on but require occasional upkeep (it's usually a problem with catching the edge on a piece of hardwood that is sticking up on the dance floor).
- If you need to re-glue the suede many people just use crazy glue gel. We have also found that commercially produced shoe repair glue (available from the shoe repair shop in your local mall) works great.
- You're not supposed to wear suede soles outside - but every swing dancer knows that you can make suede soles faster by wearing them everywhere to get them dirty, then dance in them until they're shiny on the bottom.
- If you prefer them less zippy you can dull the “mirror finish” they can get by roughing them up with a wire brush periodically. Just remember that when they get wet in the rain they won't spin very easily (conversely - if they're too slippery just spill your drink on the floor and step in it!).