Neo Tango, located at Sarmiento 1938, has perhaps the best selection of men’s tango shoes in Buenos Aires. Styles range from conservative to ridiculously flamboyant. They also sell about a dozen different styles of dance sneakers, which are called zapatillas in Argentina. Prices aren’t cheap. Expect to pay 300 or 400 pesos. I purchased a pair of zapatillas at Neo Tango in 2007 and have been satisfied with them.
Only a few blocks away from Neo Tango is DNI Tango, a popular tango school located at Corrientes 2140. Although DNI sells only a few styles of tango shoes and sneakers, their shoes have a great reputation. I purchased a pair of men’s shoes at DNI on the recommendation of a tango instructor I know and am extremely pleased with them. The quality is good, they are comfortable and — most importantly — they give me excellent balance. I only wish they had my size in a color other than black. These shoes are somewhat unique in that the toe portion of the sole has a small rubber insert to provide grip when needed.
Another tango school, Tango Brujo, located in Microcentro at Esmeralda 754, also sells men’s shoes. Some of the styles are quite eye-catching but, as often seems to be the case in Buenos Aires, the selection narrows dramatically depending on your size. I purchased a pair of zapatillas at Tango Brujo in 2007 and wore them to death. However, I think the zapatillas at DNI provide better support and balance.
Darcos Tango, Suipacha 259, is one of the best-known shoe stores in the city. They have a large selection of men’s shoes, plus their website is well set-up for online sales.
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