Aris Allen Women's Black 1950s Mid-Heel Character Shoes
- These dance shoes are an exact reproduction of an actual 1950s dress shoe.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels which are perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- The ankle strap keeps your feet held firmly in this model and the little chunky heel makes it look incredibly sexy without the height of most heeled dance shoes.
- The footbed has a soft foam lining.
- 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 suede leather-bottomed heels on these dance shoes are approximately 1.75” inches (4.45cm) tall and the base of the heel is 1.75” inch (4.45cm) wide.
- 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)
Dancers have told us that these fit pretty much true to size.
Because this style has an ankle strap even women with narrow heels should be able to keep these on their 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 Normal width = you'll probably wear the larger of the two sizes you usually fit.
- Wide feet = 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 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!).