Aris Allen Women's Tinsel Silver 1920s d'Orsay Swing Dance Shoes
- These are an exact copy of an adorable grosgrain dance sandal from the 1920s done in a tinselly metallic silver. The photo does not do it justice.
- The short, chunky heel that makes it so stable for dancing is called a Military Heel and was quite common on Jazz Age shoes.
- The almost-to-the-sole cutouts keep your toes from sticking through (anyone who has danced in a sandal with straps or cutouts on the vamp hates it when their little toe sticks out between the straps on the front... this model is solid at the bottom of the vamp - keeping that from being a problem).
- 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 5/8” tall and just wide enough to feel quite stable.
- The adjustable “set-it-and-forget-it” buckle on the ankle strap allows you to set your desired fit and slip the strap in and out of the “J” hook closure without needing to readjust it every time you wear the shoes. The buckle is attached with a piece of elastic so it has a little “give” when you're up on your toes.
These fit pretty much true to size, however, they fit best on women with either Average or Narrow width feet.
Most women know which two sizes they fit best (like 6.5 & 7 or 8 & 8.5). To figure out which size you'll fit in these:
- Narrow width = you'll probably wear the smaller of the two sizes you usually fit.
- Average width = you'll probably wear the larger of the two sizes you usually fit.
- Wide width = you probably will not be happy with this style.
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!).