I decided to take a walk on the wild side with my newest pair of Oxfords. I am always looking for ways to enhance the product line. Having two colors on our Wingtip model is pretty routine. One day the idea came to try two colors with the Oxford model. Well, here is the result. I like it, and I hope you like it too. We now offer the Oxford in a two-tone version. Also, you can mix leather and suede on the upper.
See the Men’s Oxford Gallery, and the Men’s Wingtip Gallery for inspiration on color choices and combinations.
Or, better yet, who doesn’t need them? Okay, many people have average feet that can fit in many styles of shoe. However, most people can benefit from having a pair of shoe stretchers. Whether you need to gently increase the width at the vamp (the widest part of the shoe), or spot stretch the shoes in specific places, stretchers are a great tool. I have two pairs – one for lower heeled shoes (2″ or lower), and one for higher heeled shoes (over 2″). Both types are pictured in the photo.
The cost is $25 to $28 for a single stretcher, but they are worth every penny. Buy stretchers that come with metal “buttons” for spot stretching. Generally, people buy the stretcher meant for their shoe size. If your feet are narrow and you don’t want to stretch the vamp – just certain spots, buy a smaller stretcher. A good shoe repair shop should be able to order them for you.
An exciting feature of this model is the ability to add contrasting colors and materials to the vamp section. Here, a dancer went all out with metallic pewter leather and matching pewter sparkle. View the large palette of colors and examples of special combinations in the Bonita Gallery.
We are very pleased to present the Bonita cap-toe women’s tango and ballroom dance shoe. This very attractive closed-toe shoe can be made to order in a wide variety of color combinations. The example pictured combines black leather and leopard suede. Narrow, medium, and wide widths are available, as well as two heel heights. The adjustable crisscross straps are standard on the Bonita. Like all of our shoes, this model has dense insole padding, and can be ordered with leather or suede soles.
A customer from Montgomery Alabama has chosen an unusual but striking color combination for his Men’s Wingtip dance shoes. Rather than having the hot pink suede covering the whole center of the shoe – as is typically done, he asked for it to cover only the laces section of the shoe. We obliged. This adds a nice accent without overwhelming. He has also ordered this composition in black and white.
If you would like to have this type of composition – with the contrast color on the laces section only, place a special order, then send a quick e-mail with your request.
I received a new pair of Men’s Wingtip tango shoes a couple of weeks ago. I have worn them to a few milongas since then and have had some very nice comments about how cool they look. I was thinking of the golden era of tango when selecting the color combination – medium brown tips and dark taupe center. I was going for a vintage look.
Check out this Men’s Wingtip in beige leather and leopard suede. This shoe was also ordered with a Latin heel – which has some taper to the sides, and is 1/4 inch higher. We think the results are fantastic. See the full palette of available colors in the Men’s Wingtip Gallery.
Here is the Men’s Oxford in a new burgundy leather. In traditional men’s clothing, burgundy is a mainstay as a shoe color, because it harmonizes with various suiting fabrics – grey, brown, olive, navy, and tan. Now, you can add this rich and versatile color to your dance shoe collection. See the full palette of available colors in the Men’s Oxford Gallery.
Buenos Aires is where tango originated. The tango scene in Buenos Aires is big and vibrant. On any night, you can choose from a number of tango dance venues. The picture above shows Confiteria Ideal, and tango friends John Hauge and Judy Hall – from our November 2010 group trip.
Tango shoes are typically leather soled. This is what we use and recommend. While many dance halls have wooden floors, some have polished stone, linoleum, or terrazzo. Leather soles provide adequate traction on all these surfaces, and are easier to maintain than suede soles – which tend to pick up and retain more goo and dirt. And, many people go from their hotel/apartment to a cab, to the dance hall, in their dance shoes.