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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Double Your Pleasure

I have been wearing tango shoes all day, since 8am (oops, I mean Wednesday am--I am writing this after midnight).

I don't know why this never occurred to me, to wear my Comme Il Fauts during the day, to work. But it finally dawned on me that I don't need to save my stash of beauties for the dance floor.

I adore the shoes above and they fit really well. But for some reason this particular pair doesn't have enough support in the heel and I can't dance in them. They have actually been collecting dust, which is totally shameful. So I wore them to work and they made me very happy: to have tango feet at work, on the train, walking down the street. And I got compliments on them, too--a bonus.

And then when it was time to dance tonight, I switched to these puppies. I think these are a little too sassy for the office. I'll have to work up the courage to be seen in these shoes during daytime hours.


The milonga was nice, okay. No fireworks tonight. I saw some friends I have missed a lot. And I left earlier than I thought I would. You know, it happens.

But I was so happy to have that one dance, to "Milonga Triste," which, when I first started dancing tango, I used to listen to on continuous loop. I love this haunting piece.

When this song starts, it just makes me ache to dance to it. And luckily, someone asked me to dance so I didn't have to miss it.

He was very sweet and obviously loved the song as much as I do. He paused and moved to the music. And he smelled nice.

So that was a great way to end the day.


If you want to hear "Milonga Triste," I've found a lovely little video for you. The dancing perfectly matches the feeling of the music, another nice surprise before bedtime tonight:

Good night, everyone.



Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 12:18 AM  

A beautiful piece of music, a beautiful dance, beautiful shoes and a beautiful lady who wears them - altogether, leave me feeling rather breathless.

Thank you!

Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 4:08 AM  

Thank you for this piece of lovely silence, Hugo Diaz at his best.


Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 9:50 AM  

What pretty feet you have! Bit by tiny bit, I'll have a full portrait.

I cannot dance in shoes without enclosed heels. Period. Open-backed shoes do not pivot with the whole foot, but lag behind just enough to make for miserable dancing.

tangobaby May 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

Dear upfromthedeep,

I go to sleep with music in my head, and wake up to lovely compliments. Now, that is the way to get up in the morning!

Thank you.

Dear anonymous,

Thank you for that most perfect description of this song. Next time I hear it, I will listen to it as a piece of lovely silence, the way you see it too.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Dear Johanna,

Tiny bits are best, I think. Pretty soon you'll see all of me and then everything after that will be anticlimactic.


You have described the situation with the shoes perfectly. That is exactly what happens!

PS. I like your new little photo icon.

Phivos Nicolaides May 22, 2008 at 10:58 AM  

Nice music good dancing.

Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 1:23 PM  

There could not possibly be anything anticlimactic about you.

BTW, in doing my "research", I came across the source of YOUR icon :-)

tangobaby May 22, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

Dear Philip,

I'm glad you liked the music and the dancing. I really think that is a lovely video.

tangobaby May 22, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

tee hee, Johanna.

Now you know all of my secrets (almost)!


Anonymous May 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

Aside from the obvious talents of the composer and dancers, and I know this is a very geeky comment, I am so impressed with the editing of the video. I will show this to my cajun this evening and I know he will agree with me.

tangobaby May 22, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

Hi anonymous,

It's not geeky at all...in fact, I thought the exact same thing, being a very very inexperienced filmmaker myself. You read my mind, which I just realized.

I just don't have a cajun to share the video with...


Unknown May 22, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

aha, i have a new muse.....these gorgeous shoes of yours.

i shall paint them.

they are so beautiful and should be worn for all to admire.

P May 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM  

I love that you wear tango shoes to work.

Elizabeth Brinton May 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM  

Beautiful video..Thanks TB for finding it and sharing it...the essence of what we love.

But actually, I am really really envious of your shoe collection, and I can barely deal with it!
Ditto on the open heal cage.

tangobaby May 22, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

Dear Octavine!

Really! Is it true? Will you be immortalizing a pair of my genuine Argentine-made tango shoes?!!

Just knock me over with a feather! I am so happy!


Dear p,

I do too. The funny thing is how long it took me to do it!

Maybe we can start a bi-coastal trend?

Dear Elizabeth,

Isn't that just the sweetest video? I'm like you...I am not a huge youtuber (that sounds like a video potato) but the way it's filmed and edited makes it a little more special than just another performance.

I am sure you have a few gorgeous pairs of shoes in your closet that I would covet. And you have Alan to dance with.

Don't be too envious...I am dirt poor this month (thanks to the new silver pair).


Relyn Lawson May 23, 2008 at 12:15 AM  

I love your shoes, and I love that you wore them to the office. I have to say, I don't think the dancing ones are too sassy for the office. Of course, I haven't been to your office, but I loved those leopard shoes!! I also loved the shoes of the red dress girl in the tango video.

Unlike many women, I do not have shoe lust. Or, I didn't. I think you might be a bad influence on my clothing budget. Found this post I had to share. I think you will love it. (At least the shoe part.)


Happy weekend!

tangobaby May 23, 2008 at 12:32 PM  

Oh, my darling Relyn,

I just fainted looking at the link you sent. Did you hear me fall on the floor?

I could definitely be a bad influence on you but I think I should tell you that my purse was a free giveaway from Beauty Week at Neimans and my top came from H&M. So I mix it up: cheap crap and expensive shoes. That way it all evens out and you don't feel so bad...

But then you do have to factor in the plane fare to Buenos Aires so I guess that does make this particular pair of shoes a little more expensive than some of the others...

Anonymous May 25, 2008 at 3:32 PM  

Hey, that's Luca Ferrari! I've put him on my blog before (that exact video as a matter of fact)... he's lovely... :-) It makes me think of dancing in Italy, which I miss very greatly...

Oh and, nice shoes!! :-)

Anonymous May 25, 2008 at 3:36 PM  

And - Ahem, Comme il Faut has designed a new open-back shoe that is designed to stay on. I know because I wear the all the time! :-)

tangobaby May 26, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

Hi Tina,

He does seem like a lovely dancer. Of course, I chose this video because I was thinking about the music, but the dancing is so perfect for this song.

I love when these videos provide inspiration from all kinds of angles.

And dancing in Italy certainly sounds like an angle I should be looking into as well...

PS. I am glad to hear that Comme Il Faut is working hard to keep us dancing in all sorts of beautiful shoe styles. Just don't tell my checkbook! Send us a photo of your new shoes.


Anonymous May 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM  

It must be so difficult for you to live in the same city as a Comme il Faut distributer... ;-) hehe

tangobaby May 27, 2008 at 3:21 PM  

Dear Tina,

I know you feel my "pain." I am a little afraid of knowing that she gets shipments every week or so.

I need a raise!

Unknown June 6, 2008 at 8:42 AM  

Hi, Iam from Argentina but i do noy dance tango, so Ive used your photo in a post of mine.
with link to you.
I was thinking in buy some comme il faut shoes, what do say are the ok to walk aroun?

tangobaby June 6, 2008 at 11:20 AM  

Hi Karina,

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I find Comme Il Fauts very comfortable. I have some pairs that I bought for dancing that now I just wear normally. The heels are very well-placed so you get a lot of support.

I would still suggest trying them on because they have different heel heights. The very tall ones I cannot wear. Also there are so many beautiful styles to choose from.

Enjoy your shopping and your new shoes!

Un beso.