Hey guys! I'm a long-time lurker, but it's my first time posting. I've searched through all the tango threads regarding shoes and I didn't feel like any of them totally answered my question. I've been dancing AT for about 6 months. In the beginning I was dancing in my old character shoes (They are comfortable and I use them to practice 90% of the time no matter what dance I'm working on). However, as I improved, I bought myself a fancy pair of neotango heels that I really love. I was nervous about wearing them for a while because I felt I might not be ready (there is a 1.5 inch height difference between them and the character shoes), but once I actually started wearing them to dance in, I found that they helped my dancing (because I had to concentrate less about maintaining my weight forward, unlike when I wore the character shoes, since with them I always had to be conscious of not placing too much weight on that big, chunky (and comfortable!) heel). I started dancing more frequently, and nowadays I dance anywhere from 15-20 hours a week. The issue here is that after a 5 hour milonga in the neotangos, my feet are absolutely killing me. The toes on my right foot also have a nasty habit of going numb, and it takes a couple of days before they are back to normal. So I'm on the hunt for a pair of shoes that are comfortable--something that is a combination of what my character shoes are and what the neotangos are...so a moderate heel with lots of cushioning, a workhorse of sorts that I can wear all the time for classes and practicas, something to slip into after my feet have been beaten by the milonga monster... Also, what do you ladies practice in? I see there are these tango sneakers, but I don't know if they would really be good for me. What about practice ballroom shoes? I'm totally open to all suggestions.