Aris Allen 1950s Women's Two-Tone Black and White Saddle Shoes
- These saddle shoes are an exact copy of a 1950s shoe and have a suede-bottom sole.
- Saddle oxfords have been around since the twenties and are great dance shoes because they look just dressy enough to wear when you're dressing up (or down).
- Saddle shoes have a lace-up closure for security, and a very low heel for agility.
- Made with suede-bottom soles 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 #: 8033-BK
- The heel is approximately 7/8” (but the sole under the rest of your foot is 3/8” high - so this fits darned near like flats!) and the footbed is quite thick and squishy.
- This style has the traditional “brick” colored sole (for all you trivia buffs: red saddle shoe soles are called “brick” and brown ones are called “nicotine”... “I'll take fifties' footwear soles for 400, Alex!”).
- The sole is, true to the original that was copied, not as flexible as most of the Aris Allen line.
(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 this style has a shoelace closure - you can customize the width by loosening or tightening them - it should work with most widths.
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.
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!).