Tango Argentino > Tango shoes: do they make a difference?

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by MadamSamba, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. MadamSamba

    MadamSamba Member

    I've been learning Argentine Tango in my beloved latin Supadance shoes or a pair of cute heels I own, but am considering buying a pair of tango shoes.

    Do tango shoes make a difference (other than purely aesthetic) to your dancing? Also, what tips you you guys have for picking them...I've been looking online and I'm going purely on looks!

    In your mind, what makes a tango shoe a tango shoe?
  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hmm. Haven't done much tango in them, but I have a pair of tango shoes. Beautiful ones -- all I had to go by was the looks, myself. :oops: :lol: They feel dramatically different from my ballroom court shoes or Latin shoes. I'll think about how and then come back and post. In the meanwhile, I'll check tango-L and see if I can find any recommendations.
  3. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    If I'm not wearing dance sneakers, I'm wearing (Latin) Tango shoes . . .

    Besides being comfortable and having "the looks," I like the way they put me up on the balls of my feet. All my dance slacks are hemmed according to the heel height of these shoes.

    I even wear them for WCS . . .
  4. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    At a recent tango workshop/congress I was surprised to see nearly half the people were practicing in dance sneakers.
  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the heel height on women's tango shoes? :shock: No wonder they practice in sneaks.
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Seek and ye shall find, my children. :wink: :lol:

    I found this article at Tango Vancouver's web site. Lots of good tips.

  7. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Says it all . . . I agree, especially for the men.

    I dance totally different in Latin Tango shoes versus the sneaks . . .
  8. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    When you've seen an open backed shoe fly acroos a room as a result of a gancho this first is a must!

    Don't know about this Cuban Heel stuff. I went into a specialist dance shop and when I said I did tango they said no to Cuban Heel and fairly low heel instead.

    TAE-CUMBIA New Member

    Different kind of guy.

    When it comes with shoes, I would prefer wearing my cowboy boots. Certainly is not an official tango shoe, but it actually has a good heel. But as far as shoes go, it does not matter what shoes or boots you wear,but what it really matters is that you have to enjoy the dance. It is very tranquil and relaxing. I am from mexican descent, but born american and proud of it no matter what nationality you are. 3 years ago I have decided to get into dancing. One night I went to a nightclub where they were doing salsa dancing and had a real good time. All of a sudden, some people were going to the 3rd floor of the club and found out from one of the patrons that there was a tango session. 2 months later, I began tango dancing with a follow up of milongas. A funny thing happen to me last summer. I was suppose to get int Tex-Mex dancing. I had my matching boots and my black Stetson hat. All of a sudden, I found out from the Summerdance host that Tango was to be dance for the night. :shock: But hey, at least I got into another tango session and was worth it.

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