How To Find The Perfect Fit Tango Shoe (Even If It’s Your First Pair)

Last updated on January 29th, 2023 at 11:53 pm

Yuyo Brujo - Zapatos de Tango para Mujer

No matter where you are in your tango journey, how to find the perfect fit tango shoe can be an arduous task. Most people receive very little education about understanding their feet and sizing them properly. In fact, a lot of research suggests more than 60% of people do not wear correctly sized footwear in general. Too many options can distract you from your aim, so let’s focus on the key things to look out for when choosing your tango shoes.

Follow these 5 tips to improve your search.

1/ Heel Height

We know, higher heels are more fun but if it’s your first pair of tango shoes, and you are not used to wearing heels, then a low heel is the best option for you. You will be able to spend more time on your toes and will develop your balance gradually.

If you’re very comfortable in heels (we’re talking “wearing heels to work every day” kind of confidence) then you should feel right at home starting in a medium heel.

Feeling indecisive by the slender look of our stilettos? Fear not, we designed our heels specifically to give you maximum stability. One of the most common comments from tangueras trying our shoes is “wow, they feel very grounded!”.

2/ Size

When choosing your Yuyo Brujos, go for the same size as your street shoes. The urban myth that you have to go one size down in tango shoes doesn’t apply to us (tip: this is more so for some Argentinian brands that size differently or if your feet at pretty narrow).

When purchasing tango shoes, you don’t want a lot of room between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe. If your toes are quite close to the edge this is ok.

Still didn’t get your size right? We also offer a dedicated exchanges and returns policy. We’d been there and we really don’t want you to get stuck with a pair of shoes that doesn’t fit. You can also check your foot length against our sizes here.

3/ Open Heel Vs Closed Heel

A closed heel means that the back of your feet are supported and strapped into the back of the shoe. This is great for first timers as it helps with balance and makes you feel more secure.

But even if it’s your first pair of tango shoes, don’t discount the closed heel’s more glamorous sister, the open heel. If you have wide or narrow feet and need to size up or down, an open back heel can give you the few more millimetres your foot needs to manoeuvre.

If you like the look of an open heel and want that added support, try our Jamas Retornaras, or Yacaré. These styles are a great compromise between an open and closed heel.


Jamas Retornaras
Jamas Retornaras


4/ Snug, Will They Stretch?

As a rule of thumb, snug shoes will stretch and mould to your feet; shoes that dent, cut into your skin or hurt the first time you try them on will only give you pain.

Shoes that are “roomy” and comfortably a bit loose straight away will probably start slipping off on your first dance, so snug is your friend.

5/ Comforts Vs Aestehtics

We get it. You spend hours looking online for the perfect pair of tango shoes, you get them delivered, rip open the box with complete excitement and put them on only to discover that they’re incredibly uncomfortable.

Ouch (literally).

To us, comfort is non-negotiable. Our shoes have gel padding all over the insole, (not just front padding). Our padded tango shoes give you softness and flexibility so you don’t have to break them in for months.

Besides our padded shoes, we have a range of different front cuts (single band, three straps, butterfly shape) so you can choose which one suits your foot shape better. You can read more about this here.

Still have some burning questions about tango shoes? We have helped hundreds of dancers on how to find the perfect fit tango shoe for them. You can book a private fitting to visit our London studio by following this link. We will be happy to help!


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