– September 29, 2016:
I currently own both the Charlie and R-10 Black Patent [leather] models.
While attending the NY International Congress (NYISC) earlier this month, I noticed Jose’s booth, and that he had shoes with a very low heel.
I’m in the last stages of recovering from micro-tears in one of my Achilles tendons. So, in order to regain full flexibility, I need to maintain full-range of motion (and stretch) in my ankle, as often as possible. Jose’s low-heeled shoes really help to make that happen.
Also, a few days prior to the NYISC, I’d strained both my groin and hip flexor, in a weightlifting accident. So, throughout the event, my hip was alternating between tightness from trying to heal, and temporary periods of relief.
I initially tried on the Charlie (model). Instantly, I felt more aligned, as compared to my own dance shoes, with the 1″ heel.
Not only do the low heels help me to regain ankle flexibility. But, they are very supportive throughout the foot. The insoles are also very supportive, yet provide enough cushion for comfort, without being unnecessarily “springy.”
These shoes made a big difference for me throughout the remainder of the Congress. They also helped to reduce my tendencies to develop destructive compensatory movements (as a result of my injured-state). Also, the shoes are also true to US sizing.
And, I liked the Charlie model so much, that I purchased a pair of the R-10 Black Patent [leather] model, the next day. They have the same great fit and support, but with that great patent leather style.
I also really enjoy the versatility of the sole, which doesn’t require a dancer to change into street shoes for brief trips to their car. As well as not absorbing water from a wet restroom floor. I am looking forward to trying them for outdoor events.
Jose, and his staff, are extremely helpful and cooperative.
At this point, these shoes are my “go to” shoes for all of my social dancing events [Salsa & Argentine Tango].
Great product, Jose.
It’s a pleasure doing business with you.