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These shoes were made for dancing!

My first pair of Tango shoes!

Yesterday we had our first private tango lesson. Two blocks away from the apartment is a dance studio which our teacher rents by the hour to give lessons to couples who want to learn the traditional tango. Cristian unlocked the door to the studio whilst asking questions about previous dance experience and then without much fanfare, turned on the sound system, took hold of my hands in his and we were dancing the tango!

In an hour and a half he had shown us the embrace, the basic steps and even some adornos! He said we were good and that we can go and dance at a milonga this friday if we want!

So of course, my friend Kate and I decided to go shoe shopping today and we found ourselves at Comme Il Faut – a beautiful showroom of handmade tango shoes Just off Libertad on Arenales a few blocks from Teatro Colon. Today is a bank holiday in Argentina so I called this morning to confirm they were open.

You can see my purchase here – I am in love with these shoes! Can’t wait to wear them at the lesson tonight. Or perhaps I won’t – I’d be devastated if they got scuffed! Or then again – life is for living and shoes are for wearing – especially these tango shoes!

  1. jantango
    March 8, 2011 at 21:23

    I warned your husband not to allow you out alone with money and the address of Comme il Faut. A black pair is more practical while learning. You’ll understand when he ruins your shoes by stepping on them.

    You saw what a real milonga is like in Nuevo Salon La Argentina. You’re not ready to dance at a milonga anymore than a teenager with a learner’s permit is ready to drive on the highway.


  2. March 8, 2011 at 23:00

    Hi Jan

    You are quite right – absolutely not anywhere close to the experience so many milongueros do. As we have had friends over in the past few weeks, we haven’t been able to get as much practice/experience in but we found ourselves with just days left in BA and wanted to get some intensive classes.

    Certainly won’t be able to show off any skills on a serious milonga dancefloor. Really appreciated all your advice and will stay in touch.


    P.S. But you must admit, it’s difficult to separate a girl from a shop with as many beautiful shoes as Comme il faut!

  3. March 9, 2011 at 21:20

    I looooooove them!!! Good on you, babes! Dance some for me as well:) Love you, and lots of besos!


  4. Marit
    March 10, 2011 at 07:19

    Utrolig kule sko..Med litt leopard der, helt fantastisk…

    Det virker kjempekjekt å lære..Jeg kunne noen danser som liten, å skulle gjerne lært det igjen…

    Nyt kvelden!!

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