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About Us

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 dancers.

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.

 

Andrew Kontola and Gay Santelmann

Aris Allens in the Media

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 7

Julianne Hough shows off her Aris Allens on the season finale of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 8

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas danced a Jive routine. Shawn wore a pair of Aris Allen 1940s Heeled Mary Janes (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 8

Melissa Rycroft (from The Bachelor) & Tony Dovolani danced a Lindy routine. Melissa wore a pair of Aris Allen White Classic Canvas Sneakers (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 8

Chelsea Hightower and Ty Murray danced a Lindy Hop routine. Chelsea wore a pair of Aris Allen White Classic Canvas Sneakers and Ty wore a pair of Aris Allen Retro Runners (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 8

Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer danced a Lindy Hop routine. Lacey wore a pair of Aris Allen Rugcutters that were painted purple (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 8

Julianne Hough & Chuck Wicks danced a Lindy Hop routine. Julianne wore a pair of Aris Allen White Classic Canvas Sneakers (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 7

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough danced a Freestyle routine. Brooke wore a pair of Aris Allen White Classic Canvas Sneakers (ABC).

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TIME WARP WITH JEFF LIEBERMAN - April 2009

Nick Williams and Carla Heiney appeared on the Discovery Channel's Time Warp show. Carla wore a pair of Aris Allen White Classic Canvas Sneakers (Discovery).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 7

Brook Burke & Derek Hough competed against the remaining couples. Brooke wore a pair of Aris Allen Black & White Mary Jane Wingtips (ABC).

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 7

Julianne Hough & Cody Linely danced a Jitterbug routine. Julianne wore a pair of Aris Allen Black Mary Janes (ABC).

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OMG - Yahoo

Aris Allen Mary Janes were featured beautifully in an online article on Yahoo's OMG site.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 6

Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves danced the Jive. Julianne appeared in Aris Allen Black & White Mary Jane Wingtips painted pink (ABC).

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Season 3

Wade Robeson choreographed the opening number "Busta Mod" and all 10 male dancers wore Aris Allen White Captoes (FOX).

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Season 2

Finalist Donyelle danced Lindy Hop wearing a pair of Aris Allen Black & White Mary Jane Wingtips in a routine choreographed by Nick Williams (FOX).

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - July 2006

Aris Allen Classic Canvas Sneakers and Black Captoes made an apperance in a National Geographic article shot at Glen Echo Ballroom in DC (NatGeo).

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MTV - NEXT! - 2006

On the show "Next" - Lindy Hop / West Coast Swing Instructor Doug Silton taught a swing dance lesson in his Black Aris Allen Captoes to two contestants - both wearing Aris Allen Shoes!

Wall Street Journal Article    

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 above).

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