Why Milonga del Rio de la Plata ?

Rio de la Plata is an estuary* in the south Atlantic that runs from the city of La Plata ((Argentina) to the city of Punta del Este (Uruguay); with a distance of 230 km. This estuary is maintained by the mouth of the Parana River and the Uruguay River. Three ports face commercial activities from the north of the city of Rosario with a river port on the banks of the Parana. At the mouth of this river,  is the port of Buenos Aires, and further south in contact with the Atlantic is the deepest port of the silver river in Montevideo.

The etymology of the word “tango” is and has been a source of controversy. 

What is true is that the word tango was used to refer to the “meeting places” used both in Africa, and in colonial America, like other words such as “canyengue”, “milonga” do have also their African origins. As far back as 1790 in the Buenos Aires lobby,the word”tango” was used to refer to the dance meetings of African slaves. In Montevideo it was used with a similar meaning since the dawn of 1800.

It should be added that Cuban ships stayed in these ports for several months to load salted meat, where they expressed their musical expressions as the habanera.

It is not a coincidence that in these two  ports slaves were  welcomed and byteriormente of the great European immigration between 1880 and 1920 (about 6 million men). 

As a result of this immigration and its cultural amalgamation the tango was born, first in Buenos Aires, and at the same time a little bit later in Montevideo and Rosario. 

Before 1880 the ratio of population between Montevideo was 2 for Buenos Aires and 1 for Montevideo, i.e. almost two million in BA and almost  1million in MTV.

Today that ratio is 15 million for the great Buenos Aires and 1.5 million for Montevideo.

This difference changed the importance of cultural and economic power. However, 5000 km south of the Argentine capital, inland, tango was not known, because it was a cultural phenomenon that is gestured and developed on the shores of the Rio de la Plata. 

We find it fairer to talk about Tango in this way including all its protagonists and not restrict it to a country.

It is in that sense we call our brussels milonga “Milonga del Rio de la ‘Plata”

* the wide part of a river at the place where it joins the sea: 

Written by Hugo godoy


What’s size or form of my tangoshoes will suit me ?

Here you can find the size chart of your Madame Pivot tango shoes with foot length and circumference by size.

*measured around the foot in its widest point

Half sizes

Half sizes are not available. We believe that the different choices of shapes are enough to cater all kinds of feet.

Standard shape S (formerly marked as 13)

It is the most common shape, with a comfortable sole fitting most foot types, particularly an egyptian-shaped foot, where the big toe is longer than the others.

Narrow shape N (formerly marked as 11)

The shoe sole is narrow and with a triangular shape and fits slim and thin feet. Particularly suitable to a greek-shaped foot, where the second toe is longer than the others. Same length as the standard shape, but with reduced volume.

Wide shape W (formerly marked as 15)

Suitable to particularly wide and square-shaped feet. The upper is mounted on the same sole as the standard but around a bigger last**, increasing the shoe volume.

Flat shape F

Recommended to those who have slim feet with a low bridge height, but not particularly narrow in width and with a rounded rather than a triangular shape. Although the shape of the sole is the same as the standard, shoes have a reduced volume in the upper for a snugger fit.

If you still have doubts about the correct shape of your foot, send us a photo of your foot. 

We are happy to help you!

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Garzonne /El Garzon produced by DeTangosetrata are the house labels designed by Sandrina Dh. 

The workshops of DeTangosetrata are located in Brussels, in the heart of Belgium.

It is there, that all ideas are collected and projects hang form. 

DeTangosetrata carefully studies and designs each garment using only Italian high quality materials. 

The policy is based on local and fair production, in fact each piece is accurately created by local craftsmen.

Also the men collection of El Garzon. 

Each clothes is available in 3 different colors of which only 5 pieces will be made, making each garment limited and exclusive. 

You will look unique at the dance floor with La Garzonne/El Garzon ! 

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The perfect heel height for you !

What is the perfect heel height of a tango shoe?

The height of the heels is a very sensitive issue and it can depend on many things including height, body structure, experience, flexibility of the feet, condition of joints and … . but this is just theory….

Because the answer is simple, exactly the height of the shoe on which you feel comfortable  and stable.

Tango shoes have heels and you have to use them, because the heel has a roll in the dance.

The woman steps backwards (forward), the last kick-off is done with a pressure on the heel, so the higher the heel, the easier this tangent is reached, provided that the stability is already there.  If you wobble on your shoe with a high heel, you can immediately forget about the kick-off. And  yes , high heels are visually speaking sexier and perhaps more elegant, but the most important thing is that you dance well, forgetting your shoes/heels with which you dance.

You can choose your Madame Pivot heels among four different heights, from the lowest one measuring 70 mm to the highest of 105 mm, through two intermediate heights of 80 and 85 mm.

The heel is measured at its maximum height, from where the foot sits at the back of the shoe down to the floor.

Beginners who do not have the habit of wearing high heels in daily life, start best with a heel of 7 -8 cm until they have gained more balance and  stability.  

Some advanced dancers perform better on an 8.5 cm heel and is actually the best for the ultimate valorisation of a tango movement. (see kick-off)

A 10.5 cm height becomes more difficult and is not worn as much. -personally I find a quick milonga dancing with a heel height of 10.5 cm what it’s a bit bizarre and anachronical, because it’s hard to feel grounded-

And this largely limits the dance time  and the freedom to be an all round dancer!

So come to the showroom of Detangosetrata, try some shoes  in different heights and choose in confidence the height in which / on which you feel good.

Un abrazo,

Sandrina Dh

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