Aris Allen Black 1940s Heeled Wingtip Mary Jane Swing Dance Shoe *Limited Sizes*
- These are an exact copy of a 1940s Swing-Era Mary Jane and have a suede-bottom sole.
- This style is a vintage reproduction and features a pointed strap that allows you to control the fit at your instep.
- The upper has zig-zag pinking and perforations on the wingtip and heel cup.
- 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.
- Please check the sizing recommendations before placing your order.
- Item #: 8151-BK
- The heel is approximately 3” tall and the base of the heel is 1” wide to keep you 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.
(Our returns show we are right about 90% of the time)
After trying these on many dancers, overwhelmingly they reported that these shoes run true to size.
- Because they are Mary Janes and have a strap across the middle, women of almost all widths were happy with the fit.
- In case it helps: When asked, women who said, for instance, “I almost always wear a 7, but sometimes a 6.5”, found that they were happiest with the size 7.
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!).