Friday, August 03, 2007

If I Was a Dancer

Today I had a moment of weakness where I - struck by my usual bouts of indecision - found myself at a dance store on University Avenue, browsing at ballroom dancing shoes. Granted, I was still stewing over my decision over whether or not to take the salsa-dancing classes I keep putting off for the longest time (stupid, sexy budgetary restrictions) but something compelled me to start browsing for some decent leather-toe shoes.

Luckily for me, the lady who ran the dance store was super-gracious and really nice about recommending shoes for me - not only did she get that I have wide feet (I blame Dad for that), but she was able to recommend a good sensible shoe for this beginning dancer. Something along the lines of these...



Don't be fooled: The Capezio Student Footlight may not look like much in 2-inch heels and tan leather (though they also come in white and black), but they are supremely comfortable. Not that I suggest you walk in them (best to ruin that leather sole on a proper dance floor - and I speak as someone who was initiated on salsa dancing while wearing wood-platform sandals at a darkly-lit dive bar in Aiea) but this is a good shoe for ballroom-dance beginners who only need the requisite leather shoes for proper initiation to technique. Best of all, they come in wide widths; my 8.5 feet fit effortlessly into a 9W without any shifting or bulging. Zappos sells these for $61.95, but the dance store sells them for $57. A good thing to remember, especially after you've looked at the sparkly, stiletto-heeled professional-dancer shoes with suede soles and narrow sizing.

As for my ballroom-dancing aspirations... well, I don't want to say that they're still on hold, but I'll get around to it. Someday.

1 comment:

Marge said...

I used to have a pair like this when I was little - maybe that's why I adore that style of shoe so much!