Ask Arlene…About Tango Shoes For Men

From El Chupacabra

Where can one obtain good tango shoes for men?

Tango shoes such as the ones you see some visitors or teachers wearing, as opposed to the ballroom shoes available in the UK?

Dear Chupacabra,

I know the people who sell Comme il Faut in the UK also sell men’s shoes.  I believe they are updating their website for the men’s shoes section, but you can contact them at  There is a link on the sidebar of my blog for shoes.  Maybe  Paul, Krissy or Angie can come back to you here and provide more information on the shoes?

Bianca at Rojo y Negro sells Darcos shoes and they also do a men’s range.  You can contact her at

And my lovely French friend Jocelyne down Bristol way sells men’s shoes at

If anyone else has information on where to buy men’s Tango shoes in the UK, please let us know and I’ll list you on my blog.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. El Chupacabra
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 12:10:36

    And what are people’s thoughts about heels on men’s shoes? Do experienced dancers prefer the groundedness of flatter soles, or the tip-toe posture offered by cuban heels?

  2. Voice of Reason
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 17:35:19

    Hey Chupa

    Keep it flat and smooth. If you are a little bloke and I would never suggest that you are, you may feel the urge to gain that extra inch or so but fight it, really it doesn’t help you to keep smooth and in control. If you want heels stick to Salsa. If you want to tip toe go to ballroom. Tango is difficult enough without introducing obstacles.

    You only have to watch some of the women in their commies to recognise the sense of wearing flat shoes.


  3. Planeo
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 20:50:47

    Oy Chupa Chups!

    If all else fails on the shoe front try this fool proof method:

    Go to a milonga and eyeball a particular pair of shoes that you admire. Take photos from several angles!

    Back at home stand barefoot on a piece of baking paper and draw an outline round each foot for a pattern. Attach the photo to your foot pattern and dispatch to a reliable friend who is about to visit Buenos Aires. After a few weeks you will be the proud owner of an authentic pair of custom made tango shoes. Ole!

  4. El Chupacabra
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 01:16:26

    Well after trying a few bad shoes, and getting a totally duff pair “handmade in Argentina via the internet”, I have now repeatedly bought shoes from Werner Kern. They are reliable and reputable.

    Just wondered if I could do better as a Londoner.

  5. Betty Lee
    May 04, 2010 @ 02:31:10

    Hi, I need some information on where I can buy Argentine Tango shoes for ladies and man in London. Preferably shops that carries Comme Il Faut shoes. I wish to visit the shops itself to try them out. I hope you will be able to help me. Thank you very much.

  6. Arlene
    May 04, 2010 @ 06:51:22

    Dear Betty Lee,
    There are no shops in London that specifically sell Tango shoes. Please check out the links for shoes on the sidebar of the webpage. There is a link for Comme il Faut. Good luck in your search.

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