Aris Allen Black Satin 1930s T-Strap d'Orsay Dance Shoes for Narrow Feet
- These T-Straps are beautifully copied from a 1930s bridal shoe.
- Note: This style works best with narrow feet.
- 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. The ankle/T-strap keeps your feet held firmly in this model.
- 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 1/2" inches tall and the base of the heel is 1.25" inches wide to help keep you stable.
- The heel has a suede bottom that won't slow you down when it touches the floor during a spin.
- 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)
We've found - by trying these on countless dancers - that - as long as you have a narrow foot - these fit pretty much true to size.
- Narrow Feet: happy
- Average width or Wide width: not happy
NOTE: *these are a bit WIDER THAN THE PREVIOUS MODEL*
This shoe looks exactly like our old #2073 (the suede sole version) or #2074 (the street sole version) but even though it still fits quite narrow, it is a bit wider than those former versions.
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!).