Aris Allen Women's Houndstooth Spectator Oxford Wingtip Swing Shoes
- These Two-Tone Oxford Wingtips are a fun take on traditional mid-heel dance shoes.
- This model has a contrasting black and white houndstooth vamp and features a mid-sized chunky vintage heel to keep you stable.
- Oxfords are one of those rare styles that look totally cute with all your clothes - skirts, dresses and pants.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels and a soft foam footbed which is perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- 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 wide enough to keep you stable.
Most women with Average or Narrow feet said they chose their regular size or half a size smaller than normal. Women with Wide feet said they fit a half size larger than normal (or thought it was too narrow for their toes).
Because this style has a Blutcher closure (which means it is not sewn down at the bottom of the laces) you can customize the width a bit by loosening or tightening them.
Most women know which two sizes they fit best (like 6.5 & 7 or 8.5 & 9). To figure out which size you'll fit in these:
- Narrow to Normal width = you'll probably wear the smaller of the two sizes you usually fit.
- Wide feet = you'll probably fit your normal size or one half size larger than the two sizes you usually fit. Because the shoelaces are fairly high on the vamp and because of the shape of the toe they don't work very well with wide feet.
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!).