Soles & Buckles
The shoe soles are either leather or suede. Some of the sneakers have rubber or polyurethane (PU) soles.
Turquoise have soft leather soles (shown in picture) which are a great balance between comfort and floor contact. Some models have their "soft sole", a leather-synthetic hybrid that is very smooth and slightly sticky on first wear, giving excellent floor feel.
Mr Tango Shoes have either hard leather (shown in picture) or soft suede soles. The hard leather soles are incredibly comfortable and very easy to pivot in. They're also great for dancing on uneven floors, stone and tile.
Shoes from Very Fine have a soft suede sole which is quite fluffy when new. As you wear them the suede smoothes over to give you the perfect amount of glide. Their custom order shoes are made with a suede sole, PU sole or vegan faux suede sole.
Women's shoes from Mr Tango Shoes and Turquoise both have standard buckles. Neither brand use elastic to attach buckles - it's common in street shoes but it's not durable enough for tango shoe buckles. Instead the buckles are securely attached with leather stitched into the shoe. Some models are fastened with ribbons or zips instead of buckles. Turquoise shoes that have buckles have a little metal butterfly charm attached (Turquoise's logo). They catch the light and move about as you dance. We love them but if you don't they are easily removed.
Most women's styles from Very Fine have quick release buckles (see pictures). These allow for easy on and off, with a strap that you adjust one time. To use them, first move the buckle to the hole on the strap that you want to use. Line up the strap so it slips in the hook and pull it through so the buckle sits over the hook. To remove, just reverse the action. It becomes easy with practice and they stay in place securely when dancing. Some Very Fine models have standard buckles (Signature range), laces or velcro instead.