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Comfortable, simple and lightweight.
Bleyer Universal is a great all-round shoe essentially bringing together the uppers of a jazz shoe with a firm, flat, swing sole.
Aimed at intermediate or advanced dancers who want to add more options in their footwear range.
If you fancy adding some jazz to your swing dancing, or perhaps more swing to your jazz, then these could be for you!
They are simple, light and go with whatever you wear. Light enough to slip in your bag to go to a jazz class, but with strong soles used on other styles in the Swing Range.
At first glance, this style is often compared to the Bleyer Unisex Plain Casual (BS7530). They do look similar and are less expensive. In reality, the uppers of this style are of a finer and lighter leather, like a jazz shoe. And like a jazz shoe, they are designed to hug your feet rather than being supportive. If you are looking for a simple jive or swing practice shoe, then go for the Unisex Plain Casual.
Bleyer Universal is available in mono-white or mono-black very soft matt leather as standard. They carry a very simple look with a stitched seam running centrally from the front to the tongue.
Exchanges will be accepted on the condition that items have only been worn to test for good fit and they are in a perfect condition. Shoes should only be tried on a clean carpeted surface for long enough to determine whether they are a good fit. All returns must be in an identical condition to which they were supplied by us and a completed returns document enclosed.
All returns must be sent back to us within 28 days of the goods being delivered. Payment for return postage is your responsibility. You are responsible for the item until it is received at our return address, to protect yourself against goods being mislaid during the return delivery we recommend that you used a tracked and signed service with sufficient insurance. When you request to exchange a product, once we have received your item we send out the replacement items at our own expense, to the original delivery destination.
Nov-Jan Holiday Period Returns For Standard Items:
We understand that many items purchased during November and December are seasonal presents and the recipient won’t know whether the items fit until the festive day. Purchase your gifts with confidence! Standard products purchased between 1st November and 31st December can be returned subject to normal terms and conditions at any time up to 31st Jan the following year.
Exclusions for Custom Orders:
All items ordered with customizations are produced on the strength of your order, using the exact specification supplied. Therefore, custom Order items cannot be cancelled, amended or returned, so it is essential that you are satisfied that all details such as size, colour, finish and sole selection are correct when placing your order. Custom Orders are normally subject to an additional charge and a delay of 4-8 weeks for production.
How They Fit
Order At Least One Size Larger Than Standard Euro Sizes
Bleyer shoes are marked with European sizes but they always fit at least one size smaller than typical European sizes. So, for example, if you normally wear a European 38 you would probably want a Bleyer 39. This works for most people but a very small proportion of people require 2 sizes smaller than standard European. (Nobody ever requires their standard Euro size.)
Unisex Shoe Last
Bleyer Boogie Woogie (7130), Rock’n’Roll (BS7132 & BS7134), Lindy Lace Up (BS7135), Saddle (BS7139) and Plain Casuals (BS7530) are all produced on Bleyer’s Unisex last so they all fit the same as each other. Being unisex, we tend to find that most ladies have no problem with width and gents with narrow and standard width feet can also purchase with confidence. For wider shoes please consider the Bleyer Charleston (BS753901).
International Shoe Size Conversions
These shoes are produced with whole Bleyer sizes, but we retail to purchasers across the globe so we have used our experience to translate the Bleyer sizes to different international sizing systems. This is by no means perfect and we welcome all feedback to improve our information. There are no Bleyer half sizes, in the translation approximations that means that there are half sizes in some, but not all, other international sizing systems.
This is simply as a result of the translations, so if your feet are a half size that is not listed, we would normally suggest that you select the next half size up. If you’re still not sure which size to select please call or email for advice. Although we are confident that these translations work for most people, this information is not a guarantee and should be used as a guide only.
Don’t fancy the standard colour or finish option? If you’re looking for a unique colour combination, we can help! You can make a special order with any colour combinations. Different material options are available too… so, for example, most colours are available in genuine matt leather as well as matt or patent finish synthetic leather alternatives, which makes some styles a vegan-friendly choice.
Custom orders are one-off productions so they take a little longer and there is a surcharge, get in touch to find out more!
As each custom order is produced to your specific requirements there are special terms that you need to agree before we proceed.
- Each customisation carries an additional fee, the order must be paid in full prior to production commencing
- There can be no cancellations, order amendments or refunds once the order has been placed. (If you are uncertain of your Bleyer you can order a standard product to test for size, return it for refund in line with our returns policy and then proceed with the custom order).
- There will be a delay for production, normally 4-8 weeks prior to dispatch, but this is for guidance, not a guarantee. If you have a deadline then please contact us to discuss whether it is achievable.
Please note that, generally, patent synthetic material is firmer and holds its shape better than matt leather. Within the range of matt leather colours, the black matt leather material tends to be firmer than the matt leathers used for other colour options, which are softer. This can mean that non-black leathers can feel very slightly roomier by comparison.
The EVA Sole feels similar to the Spin Spot Sole to dance in, perhaps giving slightly more freedom of movement but not so much as leather. Like the Spin Spot Sole it is versatile and can be worn outdoors.
The flat EVA sole comes as standard on the Universal (BS7520) and it can be selected as a custom option on numerous other Bleyer styles, either flat or with a small heel. The base material is white, but the visible edge can be painted black to match the uppers if required, this option will be available in the custom order selection.