I learned about Souple shoes first by their reputation: that they’re the shoe of choice for many professional followers. So during my first visit to Buenos Aires, I added Souple to the list of shoe stores that I wanted to visit (and it was a long list). Feeling no particular urgency, I one day checked out their facebook page, and learned that two days later, the showroom would be on vacation for the rest of my visit. Yikes! So the next day, I hurried over there to find out what all the fuss was about.
And I found out what all the fuss is about.
“Souple” is French for “soft.” Most tango shoes available for women have hard, leather soles, but Souple have soft suede instead. These aren’t street shoes that can also be used for dancing; these are serious dancing slippers, whose softness allows for maximal articulation and expressiveness with the feet. Suede-soled shoes start out with more “grip” on the floor; after a few dances, the grip begins to loosen, allowing for smooth, controlled pivots. You can brush the soles periodically to maintain the grip, or allow them to be slippery as you prefer.
In addition to being soft and flexible, Souple feature extra padding for lasting comfort during marathon dance sessions. Some brands with cushion create a “platform,” so that there’s an edge at the side of the shoe. Souple’s cushioning is built up around the center of the foot, so that you can still roll smoothly from the inside of the shoe to the center. And even with the cushion, it’s still possible to feel the floor.
When I was in the Souple showroom trying on my first few pairs, I thought to myself “these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.” And this is the reason that I began the process of becoming a Souple distributor. I’ve been wearing Souple for a year now, and they’re the best shoes I’ve ever had. I wear them for teaching, practicing, taking classes, social dancing, and performing. In addition to being soft, the natural leather makes them amazingly durable, so that they stand up to intensive wear.
The Souple collection features classic colors designed to compliment the wearer. To view the shoes I currently have, visit my showroom in Providence (coming April, 2016!) or check online.