What would flamenco be without flamenco shoes?!
Flamenco is very much defined by the fast and strong footwork, or zapateado. And of course, like any dance form, flamenco has very special shoes that are specifically made to create incredible sounds and add the finishing touch to the classic flamenco outfit. Each pair of flamenco shoes is crafted of leather or suede with nails in the toes and heels to help create the unique sound the dancers make with their complex combinations of footwork.
Their are three different types of heels of flamenco shoes that vary in heights and shapes: standard, carrete (curved) or cubano (short and thick) and range from four to seven centimetres.
There are many different ways to style the flamenco shoe. The artisans that create these dancing pieces use different leathers and colours, and can either cover the wooden heel or leave it polished and exposed. Some shoes will have laces or straps or buckles, adding even more to the variety of designs that dancers can choose from! Men’s shoes are often heeled boots that can also vary in colour.
Take an up close look at how flamenco shoes are created, from when the very beginnings when the leather is cut, right to the final hammered nails!Share Tweet