When we explain who we are we cannot help but mention the owner of the company and the TANGOLERA trade mark which is represented all over the world: we are talking about Pasquale Girardi. And in doing so we cannot dismiss his career path as a dancer and expert of Argentina Tango. Pasquale began his dancing career in 1997 and became a Tango teacher in 2000. His passion for Tango encouraged him to perfect his art more and more and, together with professional dancer Luciana Semprini, who always accompanied him, he took part in events in Italy and Europe with workshops and performances: Metz Festival, Festival of Crest in France, Tango Norte in Stockholm and Antwerp Tango Festival to name but a few.
He is also the creater and organiser of the famous International Festival "Rimini Tango Fusion", a very successful event that made its debut in 2007 and took place every year until the New Year’s Eve festivities of 2010. Through his dancing and by speaking regularly with other professional, and non-professional, dancers he became more and more aware of the importance of using technically exemplary and, of course, comfortable shoes. He soon realised that it wasn't possible to find shoes with features he considered essential in Italy or overseas, even though Italy boasts a prestigious shoe-making tradition that is abundant with proposals.
Therefore, in 2004, in the inland hills of Rimini, Italy, an ambitious project began - to unite an innovative high-performance line of footwear with the experience gained on the dance floor. The project was given the name “Tangolera Shoes”. The first Tangolera were produced in collaboration with amateur designers, after which the design of the shoes was passed to fashion professionals like Fabiana Montesi, Head of Fashion. At the same time the innovative insole NO MORE PAIN was developed for the female line; a unique feature that makes Bandolera the queen of tango shoes throughout the world, with more than 80 dealers spread across almost 30 countries. The company now employs 45 people from workers to experts.
As a result of the passion and perception of the Argentina Tango professional who believed in his dreams, and with the help of expert Italian craftsmen, the very idea of how tango shoes are made was dramatically changed by Tangolera.