Aris Allen 1940s Women's Black Criss-Cross 3-Buckle Pump
- These are an exact copy of a 1940s Swing-Era dress shoe and have a suede-bottom sole. The nap on the velvet is very short giving it a suede-like appearance.
- This style is a vintage reproduction and features three adjustable buckles that gives the shoe some serious character and allows you to control the fit at your instep and has beautiful cutwork on the vamp.
- 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 so your feet are just as comfortable before and after showing them off in the jam :)
- 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 #: 451-BLK
- The heels are approximately 3” inches (7.5cm) tall and the base of the heel is 1” inch (2.54cm) wide.
(Our returns show we are right about 90% of the time)
These fit a tiny bit small. Most of our test dancers wore their normal size (if you always wear a 9, but rarely you can wear an 8.5 = you'll probably want a 9). But the ones that were often a smaller size chose the smaller one and tightened the buckles (if you sometimes wear an 8.5 and sometimes a 9 = you'll probably want an 8.5). Because this style is covered in buckles you can customize the width by loosening or tightening them - so you should be able to custom-fit this shoe to your feet.
- Narrow width: not happy
- Average width: happy
- Wide width: happy
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!).