I have three tips that I would like to share that will help you to choose a quality pair of tango shoes. Shoes that will not only be comfortable on the dance floor but gorgeous as well.
The first tip that I have for you is in regard to the material that the sole of a good pair of tango shoes is made out of. A pair of tango shoes with rubber or some other sort of bottom that will grip is flat out dangerous. When you are dancing the tango, you’ll be dancing side to side and backwards and forwards. The transition between some of those movements will be very fast and at times powerful. You don’t want shoes that will grip the dance floor. Believe it or not, you actually want your shoes to glide effortlessly across the hardwood.
If your feet are getting stuck on the floor, there are two things that will happen to you. First, your dancing will be jerky. Your tango moves won’t be fluent. But worse, you can injure yourself. If you are looking to make a quick change of direction your foot may grip the dance floor. Your foot holds firm the ground but your body keeps turning. Serious knee injuries happen this way that will prevent you from dancing for weeks while your body heals.
The second thing I want you to know about tango shoes is that you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap pair of shoes made with inferior materials, then your body will pay for it. Especially your feet. An inexpensive pair of shoes will have a very long break-in period before they become comfortable enough for you to dance hours on end without discomfort. A good pair of shoes made with high quality materials will have nearly no break-in time and be ready to wrap your feet in comfort nearly out of the shoe box.
Finally, make sure the heel that is on the tango shoes that you buy have a proper heel for dancing. A heel that is too large will easily trip you up while you are dancing across the stage. A heel that is too small won’t offer your ankles the support that they need while you are gracefully moving across the dance floor. Lack of ankle support leads to ankle injuries that can prevent you from dancing for days at a time.