My very vegan swing dance shoes


Vegan swing / lindy hop dance shoes
Make: Bleyer
Style: Ruby Slippers

The why the where the how::

I bought these vegan swing dance shoes years ago while I was taking lindy hop classes. Most swing shoes have suede soles to make spinning and turning easier. Bleyer have their own special sole that’s made out of synthetic materials. Apart from making their shoes one step closer to being vegan, this also means these shoes can be worn off the dancefloor too, without being easily worn out like the suede ones. Most of the Bleyer swing shoes are still made with leather uppers, but the red and white Ruby Slippers are 100% synthetic, as their so-called patent leather material is actually a synthetic substitute and these shoes are 100% patent. They have another one or two styles that come as 100% vegan as standard and, as far as I know, are the only one who make professional vegan swing and lindy hop shoes.

I spent ages looking online before finding these and they were brilliant but they do run a size small, which is why I no longer have the ones in the picture.

Where can I get them?

You can buy them here in the UK, here in Canada and here in the US and anywhere else. The last link is the main international vegan Bleyer suppliers and they have loads of different styles and materials you can choose from. They are based in Australia but ship all over the world.

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6 comments to “My very vegan swing dance shoes”

  1. 1

    On September 20th, 2010 at 7:22 AM, Swinger said...

    I don’t suppose you came across any men’s swing shoes on your searches? I’m coming up very very empty.

  2. 2

    On September 20th, 2010 at 7:48 AM, Swinger said...

    Actually managed to find some!

    I don’t care much for the coloured selection, but the black and white seem okay.

  3. 3

    On September 23rd, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Ray Harris said...

    To put it mildly, we’ve been quite amazed by the response to our range of Vegan shoes… :o)

    To the extent that we’ve now set aside a complete page on our site for our Vegan range – it shows the various styles, plus the exceptionally wide choice of colours which are available…

    Also – most of our Vegan range are not only great dance shoes, they’re also equally suitable as normal street shoes…

    You’ll find our Vegan page at:

    Let’s know if you like any further info, prices, etc…


    Mary & Ray

    ps: We’d be grateful if you could help to “spread the word”
    even further about our Vegan shoes range – possibly by
    adding us to your links page, blog, newsletter, etc…

  4. 4

    On October 17th, 2011 at 10:11 AM, Jo said...

    Hi there,

    I’ve started taking Flamenco classes and need a pair of proper Flamenco shoes to wear. Currently I’m wearing just a normal pair of vegan heels that I used to wear for Tango dance classes last year.

    My teacher has brought in some shoes for us to look through in class but all of them are leather. As a vegan that is not suitable for me.

    Do you know any companies that sell Vegan Flamenco shoes?.

    The shoes usually have nails under the heel and toe so that they can make loud noises as you tap the foot on the floor.

    I’d appreciate any help you can offer. Please email me a reply as I only found you vis google.



  5. 5

    On October 17th, 2011 at 10:33 AM, VeganShoeAddict said...

    How about these? They’re supposedly a good brand of serious dance shoes. I remember seeing another place once that did a lovely red polka dot vegan flamencu shoe. I will try and dig that one up as well.

  6. 6

    On January 5th, 2012 at 2:47 PM, lasenoraroja said...

    Hi Jo,

    As a vegan flamenco dancer I have bought my shoes through Flamencita. They were great in terms of customer service and product.

    Good Luck!

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