Wingtips give you a swingy look. These are both feminine and flexible. When you wear these you'll feel like a cat - nimble, surefooted, ready to spring into action - but with the slide- and spin-ability that suede soles give you.
The sole is flexible to help you feel the floor. They look close enough to a dress shoe to wear with skirts, but act like an athletic sneaker.
We've found - by trying these on countless dancers, they said they needed a half size larger than they would normally wear. If you wear two different sizes then you'll probably fit the larger of the two. Because these have a strap, they will fit a variety of widths.
Check the links at left for our SHOE TERMS GLOSSARY and INTERNATIONAL SIZING for detailed information about styles and terms.
The molded foam insole is nice and soft and is removeable so you could easily add your orthotics if you wanted.
The heel is almost an inch so it looks like an ordinary shoe, but because the shock-absorbing sole is 1/4" your heel is only a half inch higher than your sole - which really helps your stability.
The buckle is attached with a piece of elastic so it has a little "give" when you're up on your toes.
We've heard from lots of non-dancers that these are dressy enough to wear with office or evening attire.
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 get wet on the bottoms they won't spin very easily (conversely - if they're too slippery just spill your drink on the floor and step in it!).