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Sizing of Tango Shoes

This is a step-by-step guide to give you maximum confidence your beautiful shoes will fit.

1. Ensure you have the right size
This is an easy one, as the right size should be the shoe size you have been using all your adult life.

2. Check our sizes match your foot length
Check that your selected size matches your foot length using the table and picture below. To measure your foot length, place it on a sheet of paper and draw an outline around it, ensuring that the pen is kept vertical and as close to your foot as possible.

Tango shoes foot length

For women, the sizes below are for 3" heels and above. If you select lower heels, add 1/2 size.

Tango shoes women sizes

For men, the sizes below are for the 2x4 al pie shoes.
(Note: 2x4 al pie shoes are ½ size less than US sizes. For example, if you ordered a size 10 US, your shoes will be marked 9½, with the half shown on the shoe as a dash).

Tango shoes men sizes

3. Allow for close fitting shoes
All dance shoes need to fit quite closely to guard against slipping in the shoes. Our shoes are sized with a close fit.

4. Converting sizes
If you need to convert to UK, Australian or Japanese sizes you can refer to our women's sizes and men's sizes charts.

5. Allow for materials
You have a great choice of different materials, including leather, suede, satin and high quality imitation patent. Each of these materials behave differently.
  • LEATHER shoes will mold to the shape of your foot, and after a few months will fit precisely and feel nice and soft. Our guideline: buy leather shoes that are close fitting but not too much. They will feel a bit tight to begin with, but after a while will feel incredibly comfortable.
  • SUEDE shoes will give more than any material, because suede leather is softer than normal leather. Our guideline: buy suede shoes that are quite close fitting. Like leather, they will feel a bit tight to begin with but will mold precisely around your feet.
  • SATIN shoes are firm and will not mold much. Our guideline: buy satin shoes that not close fitting, which sometimes means going half size up.
  • PATENT shoes are also quite firm and close fitting. They will hold their shape for a very long time. Our guideline: buy patent shoes that not close fitting, which sometimes means going half size up.

6. Choose the toe of your shoe
  • Open toe shoes have a larger opening at the end that shows all of the toes.
  • Peep toe shoes have a smaller opening at the end that shows part of the toes.
  • Closed toe shoes completely enclose the toes. They are also suitable for beginner dancers to protect your toes.

Tango Shoes toes

7. Choose between normal, wide and narrow
Normal width is available on all shoes on our website, but many of our models also have additional options: wide or narrow. If you find that shoes you normally purchase are either too wide or too narrow, then these may be for you. Wide increases the circumference of the shoe by 3.5 mm (1/7") all the way around, and narrow decreases it.
Many of our customers post us the question: should I purchase normal or wide shoes? Even with precise measurements, there is no clear answer. However, there is an excellent rule of thumb: if you are asking this question at all, then you almost certainly need wide shoes!
You might think that a wide shoe needs a wider sole - but not so! A wide shoe will have the same sole as a normal shoe, but its girth will be slightly larger all around the shoe.

8. Choose the correct heel height
The height of the heel is measured from the bottom of the heel (excluding its tip), to where it meets the shoe body. Be quite careful with which heel you select. Some of the shoes on the website have options ranging from the low to extremely high. Measure the length of the heel against your existing shoes to see which height you prefer.

heel height

The following chart shows the shape and relative sizes of the Very Tango women's shoe heels.

Women's heels

9. Choose your heel type
Many of our shoes have two heel types: satin and polished. The following diagram shows the two types of women's heels.

Women's heel types

10. Leather or suede soles
Suede grips the floor better, and is particularly good on slippery floors. Suede will need to be brushed every now and again to keep its surface optimal.
Leather soles are more resilient, and slide better.
The most important difference however is that because of its flexibility and softness, suede soles will make the entire shoe much more flexible, and your feet will have a more intimate contact with the floor. The flexibility is great, but means that the shoe will offer significantly less balance to the foot. We personally prefer and recommend leather soles, but that said, many women enjoy the flexibility and contact that suede provides.

11. Changing sizes
You've ordered your shoes, performed the size check... and found you need to change your size? You have 24 hours from the time we email you the invoice to reply to the email, telling us of your revised size. Easy!