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SuAli Swing Shoes

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The trend of swing dance-focused shoe companies continues and no one has their pulse on the dance shoes of now like dancer/instructor/organizer Jenna Applegarth – in my next installment of shoes Jenna has recommended to me and others in the Women’s Swing Dance Shoe Hunt! Facebook group, we have SuAli Swing Shoes based in Italy and owned by swing dancers.

You’ll have to pardon my complete ignorance of the Italian language – I’m using Google to translate the SuAli Swing Shoes website, but this is what I can tell from the rough transation (and really, we mostly need photos of these lovely shoes AMIRITE?):

Anyone else with more information is free to share more in the comments section.  Ciao!


The Jean shoe – the sides of the heel have cutouts, too!


The Frankie cap toes, also available in black/brown combo.


Love the Big Bea in this plummy color – also available in royal blue.


Dipsy Doodlers Jacket

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File this under “I need this in my life but can’t justify spending $400 on it,” BUT LOOK AT THIS JACKET from 1939 on eBay, some organization or sports team decided that they were going to take a tip from Ella and Chick and name their group the Dipsy Doodlers.  I am so in love with this!  Comes with a matchbook and napkin from Hamilton High School class of 1939, along with a bit of history:

“The Dipsy Doodlers were a group at the Hamilton High School in Trenton, New Jersey, circa late 30’s.  This belonged to Lillian Crabtree, who went on to become secretary to General Claire L. Chennault, Commander of the “Flying Tigers.”

Along Old Harlem Way on Etsy

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

In a world of random and ironic tee shirts, clearly shirt designers have overlooked the Lindy Hop and vintage jazz community. I do have the token Threadless tee with the Victrola and another that says “I Came to Dance,” but where is my tee shirt with Duke Ellington or Fats Waller plastered on it?

It’s apparently Along Old Harlem Way – this Etsy seller comes to the rescue with two shirts featuring Duke, Fats, Ella, Jelly Roll Morton, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Frankie Manning, and King Oliver’s Jazz Band. Maybe if we buy more of these shirts, she will make more designs with more amazing jazz musicians and dancers…

Also for sale in this Etsy store are several items of jewelry, hair ornaments, and art prints featuring Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, and Louise Brooks.