What to Wear / Bring to Class

Attire

SoTango's classes are NOT acrobatic, and not highly aerobic so just wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict you walking.

Consider your personal hygiene and it's affect on your partner. Wear deodorant. For fresh breath - mints are good but avoid chewing gum in class because this wrecks your rhythm when dancing! 

For men - if you sweat easily you may like to bring a change of top and a towel.

Footwear
There are three options:

☆ Wear socks
☆ Wear your most-suitable-for-tango normal shoes
☆ Get some specialised tango shoes 

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Socks are an option

At the start of your tango journey, socks may be the best or only tool at your disposal, and you may not be sufficiently 'hooked' into tango to want to invest in specialised shoes.

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Socks are a reasonable option as they allow your feet to make good contact with the floor, and allow some pivoting, particularly socks of synthetic materials. The only downside of socks is that they offer little protection from misplaced heels and stilettos!

Most-suitable-for-tango normal shoes

You may already have some shoes that can be used for tango, with relative success, until you secure some specialised tango shoes.

The most important part of the shoe to consider is the sole. The sole should be made of material that allows easy turning. Too much traction, particularly during pivots, will cause fatigue and may cause serious injury. Avoid soles that grip the floor, e.g., rubber or textured soles. Leather or suede soles are recommended.
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Avoid traction soles! source: www.eigeroutdoors.com

Tango shoes have light, thin soles, making it easy to pick up your feet, to move precisely with your feet, and to dance for long periods without fatigue. To dance tango you need to be able to glide elegantly and lightly along the floor. Avoid heavy, thick soled shoes, such as as flamenco or tap shoes, as these will weigh your feet down.
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An important and obvious consideration is how well the shoe fits and contains your foot. Avoid shoes that are open backed, such as sandals or thongs. You need to concentrate on your dance moves, not on keeping your feet from falling out of your shoes! The shoes should be close fitting without cutting your circulation, or causing cramps. Similarly, the shoes should not be too loose. Make sure that you do not slide inside the shoe.

Aim for a good fit! source: http://customerlensconsulting

The ideal shoe will fit your foot like a glove. Choose shoes that have minimal rims and do not have pointed toes. Protruding rims /toes will get in the way of your dancing and increase the likelihood of foot collisions.

My female students often ask whether they should wear high heels to class. My reply is that the size of heel is less important than the the material of the sole. If you have to decide between a heeled shoe with sticky soles and flat shoes with smooth soles opt for the latter. If you have too suitably soled shoes, one flat, and one heeled - go with the latter. Heels do help with pivoting. However, this also depends on the height of the heel, and how comfortable you already are with walking in heels.

Pointy toes are not recommended. source: http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com


Flat shoes are an option for followers. source: http://tangobreath.com

This has been excerpted from the original article which includes information about specialised tango shoes. You can read more here.