Aris Allen Women's Red 1930s Velvet Oxford Swing Dance Shoes
- These delicious little oxfords are a perfect copy of a 1930s lace-up shoe!
- This style is a vintage reproduction and features a mid-sized chunky vintage heel to keep you stable when dancing to fast music.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles and heels and a soft foam footbed which is perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- The upper part of the shoe is made from short-nap velvet that appears almost suede-like.
- 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 1/8” and the base of the heel is 1 1/2” wide to keep you stable.
- The heel has a suede bottom that won't slow you down when it touches the floor during a spin.
Women with Average or Narrow width feet report that these fit pretty true to size (or in some cases just a half size small).
- Women with Wide feet reported that these were too tight.
- Women with Average width feet said they started out tight, but loosened up to be just fine.
- Women with Narrow feet said the width was just fine.
Women who've tried these on report that these are fitting either perfectly or a half size smaller than their street shoe size: if you normally fit 7.5 -to- 8 you'll probably wear an 8 (and rarely an 8.5) in these.
Second pair of this style?
If you bought one of these when they first came out then there's a small chance that they won't fit exactly the same as your original pair.
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!).