(All info on where to buy tango shoes can be found on Shopping: Tango shoes!)
While it is true that dancing a lot wears your shoes down, the real reason why most experienced dancers have more than five pairs is vanity. Women know that when they enter a milonga with fancy new shoes, every other woman and the odd man has noticed it within 30 seconds. So how do you get these shoes? You can of course go to Buenos Aires or ask someone to buy a pair while they’re there, but let’s say that’s not an option. What brands are there and where can you buy them?
Shoes for women
The most famous brand for women’s tango shoes is undoubtedly the Argentinian ‘Comme-Il-Faut’. The shoes are quite unique and the creator, Alicia Muñiz, doesn’t like to have pictures of them online. Of course, that’s an idle hope.
Shoes for men
Guys needs shoes too, and while they generally start with one pair of plain black shoes, at some point they will want to get the ‘zapatos’ that match their growing confidence. There are no Comme-Il-Faut shoes for men, but for the rest the brands are the same: Jeanne Marie,
Werner Kern and
So where can you buy these beauties?
In Belgium there are a couple of shops where they have some brands in stock: Dance World in Brussels and Robics in Antwerp. A more extended choice can be found abroad: Mi Pasion in Maastricht and Duo Style in Paris. Of course, most of the brands also have on-line shops. Don’t expect to find a lot of models under 100 €, though.
(for addresses and links, check out Shopping: Tango shoes).
If you have wonderful shoes of a brand that is not mentioned here, or have good/bad experiences buying at other locations, leave a comment!