Thursday, 31 May 2012

Happy Diamond Jubilee one and all!

Hope everyone who knows us in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth has a very jolly time of it.
We have our Pimms ready for Monday noon time when we will raise a glass to Her Majesty.

You can join us, if you are in London on Monday 4th June, at 60 Newman Street, W1T 3EE from 11.00am.

Happy Holidays
Todo Trajaedo Team

Friday, 18 May 2012

Summer Collection!

The collection was launched on 27th May on the HMS President!

Please visit our Tango on the Thames page, it was meant to be a post, but ended up a page!

The clothes will be available to try and buy on Monday 4th June at 60 Newman Street, W1T 3EE - see Up Coming Events for further details.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The final tally - well almost!

Well here we are although there are two more to come from Soy Porteno (Portena for the ladies).  One of the pairs shown is not for me though, truly; however Alan has done very well with Neo Tango split soles which have already had test runs.  The team were really sweet on the last visit bidding us farewell:) - we went in many times trying on lots of different versions and sizes, they deserve a gold medal for their patience!  For the men they had some great shoes, the ladies were lovely too but I was looking for particular colours and heel heights etc. so Alan fared better than me.

I have been asked to flag up all the styles one by one so we have some details below although I'm aware I promised outfits with shoes but we collapsed in a heap on Sunday after all the dancing; not so much of a heap that we couldn't dance on Sunday night though.  Ella

Coming to a dance floor near you:)
Right: Top left to right: Neo Tango, CiF, Neo Tango.  Middle: P&H, Neo Tango, Neo Tango
Bottom: Souple, Raquel, Cif
To come!!! Soy Portena, Soy Portena 


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Shoes later - perfume first!

Following a successful expedition to CiF, of which more later, we mooched down to the shopping malls of Recoleta and happened upon a lovely artisan perfume emporium! Situated in Av. Alvear, Fueguia is a lovely shop with artisan perfumes for both yourself and your home.  There are approximately 48 scents and needless to say, whilst not buying shoes I had to buy perfume, in this instance a wonderful Gardenia scent which I've really struggled to get in any strength in the UK.  The packaging is beautiful and as such I haven't unwrapped everything leaving it in tact until I get back to England but this brand is coming to London later in the year although the lovely Natasha wasn't sure where the shop would be.
Now back to Comme il Faut; it is official I am a 37 length but a 38 width, so back we went to trying on shoes - oh such hardship!  I finally settled on these - Schaparelli Pink and they are sooo hot!  My sling backs are looking a little tired after a great deal of dancing and these sweeties will go some way to replace them.  The assistant in the shop was great, dutifully bringing out piles of boxes and needless to say these were the first I tried on.  Recoleta is funny on a Saturday afternoon,  really quiet, most shops closing between 1 and 3pm - the height of the spending in London.  The Malls are quite busy, but the shops generally close.
Comme il Faut

Not so much to report today - yesterday's antics are for the blog tomorrow when we'll bring you up to date on what dresses went to which Milongas and with which shoes!


Friday, 4 May 2012

Some shoes for the Gents and the vexed question of what size to buy!

These lovelies were bought from Raquel - whilst I didn't get on too well with the ladies styles, Alan got the most beautiful pair of 40s styled two tone shoes.  They are not split soled like some of the other shoes he's finding good to dance in, but they are just so beautiful and well made I couldn't let him leave without them!

For ladies with narrow feet I would recommend Raquel - the uppers range from being quite retro to following current trends and the heel height varies from 5cm to 9cm.  My very wide feet don't really suit French lasts and Raquel sells out of France as well as Buenos Aires.  Some of the colour combinations suit European tastes and have some lovely detailing like insets of contrast leather over a wider sling back strap.

The showroom is in a lovely space in San Telmo, old style with very high ceilings and tall doors.  The buzzer is very discreet so don't go whizzing by as we nearly did. 

Neo Tango with a coated beige and cream basket weave.
Neo Tango have done some great men's shoes too, the ones in the picture are split sole without the trainer look which is great for the guys who like their retro suits but find single soles less flexible.

As to sizes, well this is a mystery!  In the UK for daywear I'm a 39, I had thought I was a 38 which I am at Neo Tango but at Souple and Soy Portena I'm down to a 37 - Alan is going down too - we think!  A 40 at Raquel but size 7 at Neo Tango although we think in hindsight it could/should? have been a 6 1/2. 
Upper Row L-R: Raquel, Neo Tango.  Bottom row: Neo Tango

The Neo Tango shoes at the bottom of the picture on the left are split soles again which look great on and are great for classes and practice.

Below is a line up of heels - I really put them up for the heel shape although in the picture it isn't as clear as in real life.  The Souple shoes are 8/8.5cm and both CiF and Neo Tango are 8.5cm although the Neo Tango might be nearer 9cm.  The CiF have been worn (a lot!) for about 18 months so excuse their slightly tired expression but the Souple heel has a wider support where it is attached to the shoe.  I wore them for the first time last night and they were really easy to dance in, the heel feels very secure.  So for class and workshops they'll be great, your feet don't have to work any harder than they need to!  Ella
L-R Comme il Faut, Neo Tango, Souple

Thursday, 3 May 2012

At last some wonderful shoes for me!!

Shoes from Souple
These beautiful shoes from Souple don't look anything out of the ordinary until you put them on your feet!  If you have high insteps and wide feet they give great support - I need to try them out tonight to see whether I should go back and get a second pair! Many thanks to Nayla Vacca for recommending we go and see the shoes.
The soles under the balls of your feet are very soft but really well padded so you can roll your feet the way Mina wants us to:)  I struggled a bit with some of the styles because my foot arches so the straps are not always long enough but the perseverance was worth the time.

We also went to Soy Portena Misse which was fab:)  They didn't have the shoes I wanted in my size so I've ordered two pairs and cannot wait until they arrive - about six weeks I think.  The struggle will be whether I can restrain myself from going back to order another pair!  I have one pair waiting for me in London already from Ange and Krissy at Coleccion la Recoleta in London.  They are beautiful and trying the collection on in the showroom was great - the opening times are from 1pm to 7pm and the porter at reception is a sweetie - 'Tango?' with a wry smile.  Ladies I would really recommend you try the samples from Ange and Krissy.

We made a foray to Greta Flora in Palermo, the Recoleta store only does day shoes.  I was disappointed really, the heels are low - so if you prefer a lower heel that is good because the uppers are wonderful as ever with lovely colours and leathers but for my feet they didn't work and 8cm was the highest which makes for discomfort for me.

Neo Tango came up with some lovely shoes for the gents - Alan has some great split sole shoes which don't look like trainers - pictures to follow:)

See you soon,