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The Axis Tango Story

When I first walked into a tango class many years ago, I was instantly smitten. With the music, the atmosphere, the friendly people, the possibilities in front of me... But not with the shoes. No, the shoes I saw and wore in my early tango years were most definitely not something to be excited about. The construction, the workmanship, the fit, the materials, and yes, the looks... all blah and meh and oh well. What is a girl to do? Roll up her sleeves and open a tango shoe boutique, of course!

Thus AXIS TANGO was born, a luxury Argentine Tango footwear and apparel boutique I founded with Charles Gale. Charles and I met in a tango class and life has been exciting ever since. Our search for comfortable, stylish, high-quality tango and dance shoes for ourselves led us to the creation of the online shop. We started small, learned along the way, and are now in our 13th year of living the tango shoe lover’s dream.

We started Axis Tango because we needed it

Tango made our lives richer. It was time our dance shoes got an update too.

We work with the best of the best                              

We partner with the best tango shoes & fashion ateliers from Italy & Argentina.

Comfort is the ultimate luxury                                

We use inteligent materials. And make them work for you, every step you take.

The plan has always been simple: offer the best curated Argentine Tango shoes & apparel collections with attentive service. We are delighted that so many of you choose to wear them in your non-dance lives as well! We specialize in the premier Italian tango shoe & dancewear brands and Argentine tango shoes. We value the concept of timeless elegance and well-made objects that last. Our collections are designed to support you - comfortably, without pain, and fashionably - while you dance, walk, party, and dance some more.

Go ahead, be smitten with tango in all its glorious possibilities. And now you can also be smitten with tango shoes! Just like I am, happily, every day.   

Gaia Banovich, Founder


P.S. Maggie, our beloved sweet Shih Tzu rescue, helps with every shoe fitting appointment and makes our (shoe) world infinitely better. How lucky are we!


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