Thursday, July 2, 2009
Los Zapatos Blancos
I've been watching a few YouTube videos here and there lately, and noticing more and more tango demigod leaders wearing white shoes. Demigods, and not-so-demigods.
I have to say, I just don't get it. Sure, it's nice for the visual contrast to see their actual footwork. But for me, it comes across as "look at me!". "I'm a tango badass, or at least I believe myself to be a tango badass." It smacks of arrogance and conceit and pure ego.
Is it simply about fashion - a fashion statement - because everyone else is doing it? Keeping up with the Don Juans? The Rico Suaves? Is it the male equivalent of the Comme il Faut effect for followers? Although, believe me, I do understand the nature of female attraction to Comme il Faut shoes, and shoes in general, and that it is an entirely different thing, with nothing to do about ego or arrogance.
I do understand it's entirely possible, even very likely, that these compadrones de los zapatos blancos are really nice guys. Good men. Full of humility. Amazing dancers. Interesting, well-read, well-rounded, intellectually and emotionally and spiritually healthy people. Right?
Are we seeing white shoes among the tango commoners? Ladies, what do you think of white shoes on a man? What do you think of white shoes on a beginning dancer? What do you think of white shoes on a most excellent leader who makes you feel wonderfully amazing in his embrace? Do we see white shoes on close embrace/milonguero dancers, or is it more of a baggy pants thing?
Guys, why do you wear white shoes? Or would you? Or why don't you? And, if you don't, what is your perception of men who do wear white shoes?
White pebble grain wingtips? Blue or red suede? What does the color of a man's shoes tell us about the man? What does it tell us about the dancer? So porque? Porque los zapatos blancos? Please help me understand.
I knew I had a good seque coming...red, white and blue...I'll call this my fourth of July post...(grin)...
Happy Independence Day!