Two Thursdays ago found me on my knees with my head in the oven.
My head was in the oven because that was the last place I remember having put a specific pair of heels to protect them from my beloved pooch who –angel though he is– lives only to chew and/or make sweet love to everything I hold dear. Sometimes simultaneously.
I needed those particular shoes (which I never found, do ovens eat shoes like dryers eat socks?) because Style Spy and I were going tango dancing and according to her email I needed to wear something I could walk backwards in. That means an ankle, T or quarter strap.
I did not find the shoes and thus did not tango, but I’ve never seen anything so chic as the people who did. They just slunk across the tiny upstairs dance floor whirling each other around, barely grazing the brick walls and by the time Style Spy and I parted ways, I was determined to buy some gorgeous t-strap shoes (so in this season) and learn to tango.
Then I despaired. Not because I’m voluntarily submitting to letting some strange man push me around backwards in public, which is horrifying enough, but because where on earth was I going to find a pair of t-straps comfortable enough to dance in?
The answer: Argentina.
That’s right friends, our pals from the pampas offer hand-made shoes customized to your measurements and heel requirements from 2″ to 3.25″. They’re lightweight, flexible and although they’re mean to be strictly ballroom, they’re sturdy enough to wear outside.
Here are a few of my favorites:
The black ones are very Delman/Mizrahi, the brogues could not be more on style, the purple is reminiscent of some of the gorgeous Ralph Laurens from last year and the red, well, the red is just hot.