About Our Line
Aris Allens are designed by swing dancers for swing dancers. We have been manufacturing specialty swing dance footwear and apparel since 1996. It is our mission to provide classic vintage styling, soft footbeds, comfortable uppers, and the special types of soles needed for the rigors of swing dancing.
We consistently offer the best in both style and comfort by regularly consulting with hundreds of dancers. You'll find us at swing events holding focus groups and try-on sessions in the DC/Baltimore and NYC/Brooklyn areas. By listening to what fellow dancers want we are able to bring you the finest swing dance shoes ever made. We are always thrilled when we watch swing competitions as pair after pair of Aris Allens show up on the competitors (usually the white shoes, so they're pretty obvious!).
Gay Santelmann and Andrew Kontola have been Lindy Hoppers for over a decade. They met on the dance floor at Glen Echo Ballroom in Washington DC in 2003. Shortly after that they teamed up and created the Aris Allen brand in response to the needs of today's swing dancers.