We have been manufacturing specialty footwear and dancewear since 1996
and specialize in items that are difficult for dancers to find.
Vintage and classic styling with soft footbeds, comfortable uppers and
the types of soles needed for the rigors of swing dancing.
Gay Santelmann and Andrew Kontola have both been swing dancing for
over a decade. They met on the dance floor at Glen Echo Ballroom in
Washington D.C. in 2003. Shortly after that they teamed up and created
the Aris Allen brand in response to the needs of today's swing
They consistently offer the best in both style and comfort by
regularly consulting with hundreds of dancers in the DC/Baltimore area
in focus groups and try-on sessions. By listening to their constant
feedback they are able to bring you the finest swing dance shoes made.
HELP". Directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis,
and Octavia Spencer. Minny (Octavia Spencer) is seen wearing the Aris
Allen White Mesh Peep-Toe Oxfords. Aibileen (Viola Davis) is seen
throughout the movie wearing the Aris Allen Black Mesh Peep-Toe
Oxfords. Photo by Dale Robinette.
"DANCING WITH THE STARS". Aris Allen's are often featured on this
show's swing dance routines, most notably Season 7 as shown above.
"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE". Our swing dance shoes are also
featured on this Fox dance show. Above are a few pictures
featuring Aris Allen's from seasons 2 and 3.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - July 2006. Aris Allen Classic Canvas
Sneakers and Black Captoes made an appearance in a National
Geographic article shot at Glen Echo Ballroom in DC (NatGeo).
WALL STREET JOURNAL BLOG - 2009. Most of the dancers in the Wall
Street Journal's article on Lindy Hop were wearing Aris Allens.
(The trained eye can spot 6 different pairs in the video frame
The New York Times - July 2014. "Thinking on Their Feet: At Midsummer
Night Swing, Shoes Speak Volumes" Longtime Lindy Hopper and
Aris Allen friend,
Voon Chew wears the Aris Allen 1950s Two-Tone Black and White Saddle
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