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A Woman's Guide to Tango Shoes

Buying your first pair of Argentine tango shoes can be confusing because of the myriad of suppliers and styles available to choose from. Or it could be seen as an adventure, depending on your love of shoes and dancing.

If you do have an addiction to shoe shopping it is advisable to limit yourself to just one pair when shopping for tango shoes, even though it can be hard to resist. The reasoning behind this is that you need to break in a pair of tango shoes before you know how much you are going to like it, and there's nothing worse than having a dozen cute tango shoes that are not comfortable enough to dance in.

Here are some tips for getting the most comfortable shoes:

Buy shoes that are made of leather or suede. These are the standard materials for tango shoes. If this is not possible you can also get by with plastic soles, but stay away from rubber. You need to be able to pivot the ball of your foot when dancing so it is important for your feet to be able to slide easily.

It may be better to buy one pair of shoes from an established brand rather than buying many generic shoes to find that proverbial needle in the haystack. Comme II Faut is considered the Cadillac of tango shoes, followed by Neotango, Tango Brujo, and Darcos.

If you can, try on a pair of the shoes before you buy. If you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires, you may want to wait until you get there to buy shoes. If you must order online, be sure to give exact measurements, and check if there is a return policy.

When you are trying on shoes, be sure to get the proper combination of strength and flexibility so you don't wind up with blisters after a long night of dancing. Of the two tango shoe materials, leather tends to be stronger and suede tends to be more flexible. After you find the type of shoe that is most comfortable to you, go ahead and buy different styles and colors to your hearts content, but remember that black goes everything.