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The History of Angela Nuran Shoes From Instructor to Designer

The history of Angel Nuran Shoes begins with a question. How does a wedding dance teacher become a bridal shoe designer? Which one do you think helps more women? If you said shoes, you’re right. I loved teaching, but when it became obvious how desperate women were for suitable shoes, the die was cast. They’d come for lessons in shoes they couldn’t dance in or had to take off because they hurt. I’d go to their weddings and dance for hours in ballroom shoes while brides and nearly every other woman in the room trotted around barefoot because they couldn’t stand their shoes any longer. What a pity for a woman to be dressed to kill from the ankles up only to have killer shoes ruin the effect. Not to mention tripping on a dress that’s mysteriously become too long. My focus switched from teaching feet to shodding feet into footwear that properly served the occasion. Sound simple? Not so much. Here’s what happened.
Arthur & Ana, Cizcaya
Tripp & Jen, International Polo Club
Khan & Briana, The Addison

I was a typesetter/graphic designer who started country western partner dancing for fun until I found the elegance and music of ballroom dancing was more my style. Fred Astaire (the studio, not the man) hired me, and while teaching couples for their wedding, I realized they needed special training, not regular dance classes, and started choreographing first dances (before there was Dancing With The Stars). I left FADS to teach independently and had a blast teaching and performing in nightclubs, cruise ships, corporate and private parties, television, stage … and weddings which launched my company, A Dance To Remember. For every routine, I created a typeset script of lyrics and dance moves to help students rehearse. Even put their pic and wedding date on it. I’d get details about the bride’s gown before choreographing so there was no “wardrobe malfunction” on their big day. Also had women bring their shoes. Not only were they impossible to dance in, many hurt like the devil.

Brides and Ballroom Shoes

The tail started to wag the dog in 2007. Brides were buying existing ballroom shoes from me which were better than the torture devices they had before, but didn’t meet what I had in mind. Plus ballroom shoes have inherent characteristics that aren’t ideal for non-dancers. Regardless, my shoe biz was growing. Women who’d heard about Angela’s shoes wanted to try them on. And not just brides, moms too. I wanted something fabulous for them: a beautiful, comfortable, quality, danceable shoe all rolled into one. It took many years, many factories and many obstacles before we achieved the Angela Nuran brand of hybrid shoes combining the fashion and quality a bride wants with the comfort and components a dancer needs. Shoes designed for the bridal / special occasion market that provide women with couture silk shoes, worthy to wear with fine wedding dresses and evening gowns.

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Paul Cosentino

Betty Poole

Bridal salons began to carry the brand. I enhanced the collection by designing changeable brooches that adjusted shoe width, helping close sales since any shoe could fit multiple widths, plus customers could get any brooch. Optional straps could make a shoe fit better or be added just for panache. The silk could be dyed any color. We had a very versatile shoe collection without manufacturing a ton of styles. 2 years from inception, the shoe business left no time to teach anymore.

The History of Angela Nuran Shoes wouldn’t be complete without expressing my heartfelt gratitude towards those who helped make Angela Nuran Shoes what it is today. Through the journey, my husband Paul Cosentino, has been a rock, helping in more ways than I ever dreamed possible. His business expertise is indispensable, but it’s his sense of humor and winsome personality that people respond to. When Elizabeth Poole interviewed in 2011, I had a feeling she was a gem. Through thick and thin, a dedicated team member who embraced a challenge. The crystal beading and exquisite dye work usually comes from her caring hands. Other gifted people have played key roles in our story, for which we are most grateful, and helped make the vision of Angela Nuran become a reality.

Our Good Will Ambassadors

These little characters are our fur children. Except for Bentley, all are South Florida rescues. We found 5 week old Petey wedged in a tree and paralyzed, but thankfully he fully recovered. A neighbor gave us 1 day old Sammie whom we bottle fed and raised into the diva she is today. Bentley (Persian Chinchilla Dollface Teacup) is the sweetest cat on earth, Angela Nuran’s superstar cat model, and the love of my life. We never planned on bunnies! I found Bun Bun hopping around a shopping center parking lot. She’s a Dwarf Dutch, very smart and mischievous. Dottie, an affectionate English Spot / Hot Tot mix, was rescued from a condo parking lot. The newest kid is Franky, a Florida White, found at LA Fitness parking lot. We had each rabbit fixed when we acquired it. People set these adorable, gentle creatures loose when they find out rabbits aren’t easy. We believe a pet is a family member, a lifetime commitment, not a toy to be discarded. We support Best Friends Animal Society and their mission to Save Them All.
Bun Bun

Bun Bun

Sammy

Sammie

Dottie

Dottie

Bentley

Bentley

Franky

Franky

Petey

Petey