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Shoe Sizing 101

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Comme il Faut

Comme Il Faut - The Fit

Width 

Band sandal shoes fit a normal or wider foot well. They are wonderful for spreading your toes and gripping the ground, providing optimum balance and power. They do not do well for narrow feet and definitely not for thin feet, as your feet will slide through. Other good models for wider feet have the wrap, tab and v-cut toe boxes. These are also especially good choices for women with bunions. We also occasionally have Wide Production shoes. An example of a Wide Production shoe is 8 Wide, which takes a size 8 shoe, heel cage, heel, sole and places a size 9 pattern on the toe box, making it wider. For the narrow foot, Peep toe shoes fit beautifully, especially the models with closed sides, like Raquel, Marilyn and Evita and, of course, closed toe shoes, but Comme il Faut rarely makes them. If you have a normal width foot, you will most likely have to go up a size, or stretch your shoes with these models.
 

Heel Cage 

All enclosed heel cages fit most feet well. and are secure. People with very narrow heels would benefit from installing moleskin padding to the heel cage to fill in the space their narrow heels don’t occupy. This should alleviate the heel lifting out of the shoe. The thick sling strap is amazingly stable, due to Comme il Faut’s unique design. It holds you in exactly the right places. The only exception to this is if you have a very narrow heel - the sling straps normally won’t work for you 

Heels 

Comme il Faut is not only famous for their sexy stiletto heels, but they are famous for their unique heel design that also makes them VERY comfortable and STABLE. Most women are amazed when they try on a shoe with a heel they never thought they could wear and find they feel fabulous. This is because your heel is centered directly in the middle of the shoe’s heel and it does not push you forward, or worse, push you back. You are erect, with energy forward, which is the perfect tango posture. Comme il Faut makes stilettos in 7 cm, 8 cm and 9 cm. They also make ultra low 3.5 cm heels and 6 cm heels. We are happy to offer you a nice selecion of all of these shoes. Please see the section on heel measurements for more info.

Diva

Diva shoes have lots of padding. Some of the newer shoes have extra memory foam padding. Some of the older shoes have cromo soles (full leather soles with a veneer of suede) We are no longer producing them that way, but if we don’t have a pair in stock without cromo, you can take your shoes to a cobbler and have it installed. We recommend cromo for beginners only, for more stability. Or if you regularly dance on slippery Pergo floors. But tango has a lot of pivoting and suede grips the floor more, putting torque on your ankles and knees. Please check the detail page for which generation of shoes we have in your size. You can also tell by the price. The newer stock has the premium padding and costs $10 more.

The lower heeled shoes are slightly longer than the 3” heels, so please make sure you double check your measurements.

Divina

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Our Divina shoes with customizable arch supports create the ultimate fit with COMFORT and SUPPORT. Plus, the arch support is color coordinated with the shoe, so it makes the shoe even prettier. However, all that padding takes up a lot of space in the shoe, so please be sure to order a half size up.

Our Divina line was originally created with the orthotic supports pre-installed inside the shoe. We still have some of these shoes in stock. These were created with high arches and more firm support.

Some of our shoes have them half-installed so that you can customize the arch supports with the included arch supplements before permanently installing them with the included glue and brush (instructions included) This was done with our more exotic leathers for color coordination.

We are now making Divina shoes without the arch supports and are including two sets of customizable arch supports - one with the metatarsal lift and arch support and one with the arch support only, along with the arch supplements, glue and, of course, instructions. You can choose which pair works best for you and return the other pair in the provided postage-paid envelope. If you choose to keep both pairs, the second pair is $40. If you decide they are not for you, return both pair in the envelope and we’ll refund $40 upon receipt, These customizable arch support systems are now available in Diva Essentials to install on any of your shoes. We also now have separate metatarsal lifts in case you need it positioned differently. Just contact us and we’ll mail them out to you.

Some special models

Estela, which is made on a VERY wide last. She is perfect for the super wide foot, or a wide foot with the orthotic inserts.

Delia, which is designed and cut to accommodate bunions. She works well with regular feet, too,

Camina, who has an ultra low heel and is perfect for leading ladies.

Sueños

Sueños Shoes are fitted with premium impact-resistant padding and a layer of lovely memory foam creating a incredibly com-fortable shoe. However, this extra padding takes up some room in the shoe, so if you have normal-wide to wide foot, you may want to order a half size up or so, depending on your foot. The kid soft lining also gives more, so that should be taken into account when assessing your foot.

Tara Shoes

Tara Shoes is no longer in production.  We still have a nice selection of these shoes, but, when they're gone, they are gone.  We are producing our own line, Sueños, which is meant to cater to the Tara girl.

Most Tara Shoes were made in Montevideo, Uruguay, in a small, family-run factory. They were, as most of our shoes, made the old-fashioned way, by hand. All of their lasts, or forms, for these shoes were also hand made. They were made to be generous vertically in the toe box, giving more room for the toes. Each heel height has it’s own last. Some of the sizing increments vary between lasts. This is especially so in the 2” heel lasts, most specifically 2“ platforms.  For instance, if you take a size 9 in the 3” heel version of a platform shoe, in the 2" heel, you may take an unbelievable 7 1/2 or 8, so you can see how important it is to check the footbed measurements.  So, be sure to consult the shoe measurement chart tab located on each shoe detail page. This variance is not present in all shoe sizes. Also, be sure to check the overhead view for form or taper of the footbed and adjust according to your foot shape.

Cubana, Clio and Volante

These Tara Shoes were made in a small factory in Buenos Aires. They have a different fit than the other Tara Shoes. Also, they do not have true half sizing. A size 7 1/2, for instance, is a size 7 shoe, sole, heel cage, heel, with a size 8 pattern on the toebox, giving it more room and making it a bit wider. So, really, a size 7 1/2 is in fact a size 7W.

Platforms

Several of Tara Shoes are also available with platforms. These platforms are created with cork. They also have the comfy memory foam lining. Initially, they are comfortable and a little flexible. But, as you wear them, they conform to the shape of your foot and become very flexible and the ultimate in comfort. Many women swear by them. They are also good for beginners, as the cork platform creates a stable surface and you won’t wobble so much. The cons to them is that the feel of the floor is slightly compromised. They are fabulous for workshops and long festival weekends, as well as a shopping trip to the mall.

The platform shoes have a higher heel, but this is because of the basic structure of a shoe. If you put a 1/2“ platform on the toe box, you must raise the heel for it to be in balance. For instance, La Luna is available in both regular and platform. The regular version has a 3” heel. The platform version has a 3 1/2” heel, but they are made on the same last and have the exact same angle of the foot. So, with a platform, a 3 1/2” heel feels just like a 3” heel, only with a platform.  For more heel height information, see the Heel Measurements page.

GretaFlora

GretaFlora shoes are made with high quality soft leathers, so they will give nicely. Make sure you get a very snug fit. Their sizing also runs slightly larger than U.S. sizes. Be sure to consult the footbed measurements.

GretaFlora uses many different shapes of footbeds, including one that is cut angularly. If you have more squared off feet, check the overhead view of the shoes. Many of the models come with cristals and flowers. On some models, you have the choice of where you want the flower placed. We have flowers available separately in Diva Essentials, that you (or your husband/boyfriend/cobbler) can rivet in place on any shoe you would like.
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