Aris Allen White 1940s Peep-Toe Mesh Oxford Swing Dance Shoes
- These vintage reproduction shoes are a perfect copy of an early 1940s women's oxford! The color on this shoe is a beautiful pearly white that makes it perfect as your dance wedding shoe (at least at your reception!).
- This style features Blucher construction which allows you to tighten or loosen the laces to control the fit on the middle of your foot.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels, a soft foam footbed, and a sturdy heel which is perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- This is a go-to shoe for us when we sell at large dance events: almost everybody falls in love with them after trying them out. Wingtip oxfords have the advantage of looking dressy even though they have a shoelace 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 2” inches (5.08cm) tall and the base of the heel is 1.50” inches (3.81cm) wide to keep you stable and has suede on the bottom.
- If you want to customize these, you can wear colored socks - beacuse they'll show through the mesh.
- You can also change the laces: Pick up 32” of 3/8” wide ribbon at a fabric shop. Grosgrain, satin or mesh will work. Use a bent paperclip to help you relace them. Maybe try some colored or patterned ribbon.
After trying these on about 60 women (they danced in them, too), overwhelmingly they reported that these shoes run true to size - and fit best for Average or Wide width feet.
The mesh has a little “give” to it and women reported that these fit Average and Wide feet just fine. Women with very narrow feet thought it was loose in the front.
This model 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.
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!).