Tango shoes construction and materials
How women’s tango shoes are structured.
All shoes have four components:
- a vamp (the part that covers the feet).
- an insole (the part that touches the feet).
- a tread (the bottom of the shoes).
- a heel.
The heel is attached to the sole with glue and nails.
Between the insole and the sole, there is a metal plate (a piece of metal) to support the arch (the metal plate is shorter in tango shoes compared to other dance shoes, to provide flexibility).
There is normally some padding on the top of the insole; however, in the tango shoes, this padding is thicker than in normal shoes, to offer more comfort.
The insole is attached to the sole with glue, however tango shoes it is further reinforced with nails to provide structural stability.
There are three types of soles:
- Suede soles for floors that are very smooth, suede will offer a better grip.
- Leather soles: for normal dance floors.
- Leather soles with rubber insert: for slippery floors (porcelain, marble, some types of hardwood).
Every pair of shoes may have the sole that the dancer prefers for his dancing style, or for different types of floors, the sole then should not protrude past the shoe (making a circle).
The vamps can be made of different materials:
- Leather: it is the toughest and lasts the longest; it softens well and is sculpted perfectly to the foot.
- Suede leather: it is very elastic, and is therefore more comfortable, but is not long lasting as leather.
- Velvet: very delicate, but not very elastic.
- Patent leather: The patent leather is strong enough even though it tends to stick to the other shoe. To avoid this type of problem, they can be lubricated with petroleum jelly or silicone spray so that the ointment can promote its non-stick properties.
Tango Shoes knows well the components of this type of shoes and was able to blend style, elegance and practicality in its models.
This is because it is well known that the tango would not be tango without beautiful shoes and, for the women, the heel is essential.
However, it is also well known that by wearing high heel shoes, there is a high price to be paid as the dancer’s health is affected. It must be noted that the body is a finely balanced instrument, and wearing inappropriate shoes can dramatically change this balance, potentially causing stress points in many areas on the body.
There are almost 100 common injuries affecting dancers. In order to avoid injuries related to the tango dance, or better yet, to minimize the likelihood of injury, Tango Shoes and you should always perform stretching exercises, in particular for the calves, before and after dancing.