All About the (Tango) Shoes

In my spare time–you know, all those enormous amounts of minutes that remain once I finish working all day and writing–I dance a bit of Argentine tango. I’ve travelled to Buenos Aires twice. Both times I came home loaded with shoes. The first trip, I purchased so many I had to buy another bag to bring them all home.

Determined not to be parted from my beautiful new shoes, this bag became one of two pieces of carry on luggage. One enormous piece of carry on luggage. It weighed so much, I mostly pushed it through airport lines with my foot.

My first trip to Argentina coincided with the new security measures in flying. And I decided to bring a bag of stilettos on an airplane. A large bag of stilettos. Don’t ask me how many. I don’t remember (or don’t want to remember) how many I bought that first time. Getting them in to my new piece of luggage took an inordinate amount of time and some incredible juggling to get everything to fit. That stuff wasn’t coming out until I got home.

At least that’s what I thought.

In the airport in Buenos Aires, I stood in line prior to getting on the plane and watched the security people open and take things out of bags. Every single bag. Groaning from more than just the weight of the stupid bag, I hefted it on to the counter prepared to miss my flight as I had to remove every item. Oh, and don’t forget, I’d have to get everything back into the bag again. And I worried that they would confiscate my beautiful shoes.

Instead, the woman opened my bag, spotted the heels, laughed. Zipped the bag shut, slid it across to me with a smile.

Shoes. The universal language.

So to make your purchasing trip easier (should you decide to head to Buenos Aires and need a shoe or nine), here is a list of places to purchase the most amazing shoes you’ve ever seen. Those two beauties in the photo are the heels of a pair of Comme il Faut.

2×4 al pie
Scalabrini Ortiz (Palermo) 1753

Alanis Tango Shoes
Av. Diagonal Norte 936

Anchorena 537
Riobamba 448

Aurora Lubiz
Sarmiento 722
ph. 4393-4092

Bailarin Porteño
Suipacha 251
ph. 4390-4067

Av. Pellegrini 859
ph. 054-341-4818380

Comme il Faut
Arenales 1239
ph. 4815-5690

Darcos Tango
Suipacha 259
Sucre 2394
Malabia 1616

Delie Shoes
Piedras 843 (San Telmo)

Fabio Shoes
Riobamba N° 10 piso
ph. (011) 4952-6628

Guatemala 4464
ph. (54 11) 4832 3156

Suipacha 263

Greta Flora
Acuña de Figueroa 1612 (Palermo Soho)
phone for appointment (+54 11) 48 61 05 39

La Vikinga
Entre Rios 469
ph. 4383-6229

Loló Gerard Tango Shoes
Tomás M. de Anchorena 607
Corrientes 3200 (Abasto)
ph. 5411-4962-3860

Av. Corrientes 3190 (inside the Abasto Plaza Hotel)
ph. 6311-4466

Mirtha Paulo
Esmeralda 461
ph. 4328-5970

Negra y Porteña
Talcahuano 945 2° D
ph. 4816-6008

Sarmiento 1938
ph. 4951-8694

Paule Tenaillon
by appointment ph. 153 191 8100

Por Ti Tango
Calderón de la Barca 2714
ph. 4567-6972

Boliver 554

Scarpe Mahara
Suipacha 252
ph. 4328-3528

Arenales 1606

Tango 8
Lavalle 3101 (Abasto) or
Defensa 1179 (San Telmo)
ph. 4864-0471

Tango Brujo
Esmerelda 754
ph. 4325-8264

Tango Leike
Sarmiento 1947

Todo Tango Shoes
Suipacha 245

Anchorena 602

Ven A mi Tango
Luis Braille
ph. 4567-0938

Montiel 2619
ph. (54-11)4686-6505



  1. OMG! Wait while I wipe the drool off my keyboard… Thank you for this beautiful journey of tango shoes.

    • I know. When typing those up, I had the same reaction. Made me want to hop on a plane and head to Buenos Aires for a bit of shoe shopping–well and tango of course.

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  3. I LOVED this post. One thing though…the links are formatted improperly. you need to add http:// to the link so that the browser will look on the web for the page rather than on your site for the page. 🙂

    • I didn’t know that. I’ve fixed all the links.

  4. I’ve purchased shoes at a few of these places, in fact I own a pair exactly like the ones in the picture, on the left, in silver. Although I now have 7 pairs of Comme il Faute shoes, they are alas very uncomfortable to wear for the entire evening and they don’t come in suede soles for dancing. Alanis shoes however, though limited in the number of designs, are the most comfortable high heels ever and made for dancing all night! I would love to have another pair I love them so much. They are a red sandal style open toe shoe with black backs and cream embroidery. Very nice. I didn’t have any luck at Neotango as the sales clerk wouldn’t wait on me and ignored me the whole half hour that I was in the shop.

    • Those were my favourite pair of shoes. I wore them so much the clasps broke (and they are a bit ratty). I find Neo Tango quite uncomfortable. Never did make it in to Alanis. I like a hard leather sole as the suede doesn’t allow me enough pivot (bit sticky). Yeah, I own at least seven pair of Comme il Faut as well :}

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