Aris Allen Women's 1930s Black and Silver Lace-up Heeled Oxford Shoes
- These Aris Allen Swing Dance Shoes are a perfect copy of a 1930s shoe and have a suede-bottom sole.
- The original was a vintage pair of Ostrich Pumps in caramel brown with light pink ostrich insets made in Paris, France in the 1930s.
- Looks absolutely dead-sexy on the dance floor - has a burlesque feel to it. Warning: they have a very tall heel - better for dressing up or to be used for photo shoots if you're not used to dancing in heels.
- Heeled oxfords have the advantage of looking dressy even though they have shoe laces (which you can tighten for security while dancing in them).
- 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 #: 8072-BS
- This style, like the original it was copied from, has a round toe.
- The heel is approximately 3” and the insole is quite thick and squishy.
- The Suede Sole is quite flexible and the heel has a suede bottom that won't slow you down when it touches the floor during a spin.
(Our returns show we are right about 90% of the time)
This shoe runs a little wide and has a very round toe - so it fits differently than most pointy-toed styles. Also it’s a Blucher Oxford - so you can adjust the fit a little. Generally it fits pretty true to size for wide to medium widths. Please check the recommendations below.
Wide width: You’ll probably wear your usual size - or maybe a half size larger than normal. We've seen women with very wide feet look absolutely delicious in this model.
Example for wide width:
• if you usually wear an 8, but sometimes an 8.5, then you’ll probably want the 8.5
• if you’re usually an 8.5, but sometimes an 8, then you’ll probably want an 8.5 or a 9
Medium width: You’ll probably want your usual size or a half size larger.
Example for medium width:
• if you usually wear an 8, but sometimes an 8.5, then you’ll want the 8.5
• if you’re usually an 8.5, but sometimes an 8, then you’ll probably want a 9
Narrow width: You probably won’t like these since they’re so incredibly roomy inside. But if you must: you’ll probably wear a half size or maybe even a full size larger because your toes will hit the front. Of note - 3 women who ordered this style with one of our #425 sneakers - which are not wide - then returned this style: ordered it a half size larger.
Example for narrow width:
• several women who fit our #425 perfectly in an 8 preferred this style in an 8.5
These recommendations are based on studying 125 orders. Only 15 were returned - and of those: 6 ordered a larger size and 2 ordered a half size smaller, (and 1 got the same size a month later!).
Sorry about giving so much info but, even though we have less than 10% returns for this style, we have received a few emails accusing us of misleading them in the sizing recommendations so we looked at every order/return in our current system. 90% fitting correctly means our info is pretty good - but felt the need to expand upon it anyway.
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!).