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.
Alanis Tango Shoes
Av. Diagonal Norte 936
Av. Pellegrini 859
Comme il Faut
Piedras 843 (San Telmo)
Riobamba N° 10 piso
ph. (011) 4952-6628
Entre Rios 469
Av. Corrientes 3190 (inside the Abasto Plaza Hotel)
Negra y Porteña
Talcahuano 945 2° D
by appointment ph. 153 191 8100
Por Ti Tango
Calderón de la Barca 2714
Lavalle 3101 (Abasto) or
Defensa 1179 (San Telmo)