Aris Allen Women's Brown Velvet 1940s 3-Buckle Dance Shoes
- These are an exact copy of a 1940s Swing-Era dress shoe and have a suede-bottom sole. The nap on the velvet is very short giving it a suede-like appearance.
- This style is a vintage reproduction and features three adjustable buckles that gives the shoe some serious character and allows you to control the fit at your instep and has beautiful cutwork on the vamp.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels which are perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- The footbed is made with soft foam lining so your feet are just as comfortable before and after showing them off in the jam :)
- 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 heels are approximately 3” inches (7.5cm) tall and the base of the heel is 1” inch (2.54cm) wide.
(Our returns show we are right about 90% of the time)
Dancers have told us that these fit pretty much true to size. Because this style is covered in buckles you can customize the width by loosening or tightening them - so you should be able to custom-fit this shoe to your 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 to Average width = you'll probably wear the larger of the two sizes you usually fit.
- Wide width = you'll probably fit one half size larger than the two sizes you usually fit (and because it is a round-toed shoe, once in a while one whole size larger than your normal size). We've seen women with very wide feet look absolutely delicious in this model.
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 are wet from walking in the rain they won't spin as easily (conversely - if they're too slippery just spill your drink on the floor and step in it!).