Aris Allen Men's Black Classic Canvas Dance Sneaker
- These are a dance version of the classic sports sneaker of the last century and have a suede-bottom sole.
- Yes - your favorite canvas sneaker is now your favorite pair of dance shoes! This casual dance shoe looks great with everything.
- Made with flexible suede-bottom soles (chrome leather) and a soft foam footbed - these are perfect for dancers of all skill levels.
- 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 #: 209M-BK
- Now you can dance in sneakers without the knee-injuring potential that spinning on rubber soles carries.
- The footbed is removable so you can add your own or wear them with orthotics.
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We noticed that men were buying women’s sneakers for that 1940s-50s “tennis shoe” look. Which meant that only men who fit size 9.5 and below could do this. So we asked a women’s shoe factory to make a limited run of men’s sizes in this style. So: these are cut very narrow and are stamped with women’s sizing (e.g.: men’s size 12.5 says “14” inside of the shoe). Note: this is a limited edition and will not be repeated... if you have already purchased a pair and love them we suggest that you stock up before they’re gone.
- Narrow Feet: happy
- Average to Wide Width: not 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!).