Pair of Dancing Shoes, Zapateados

Pair of Dancing Shoes, Zapateados

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This pair of dancing shoes was donated by Martha Gonzalez, the lead singer of Quetzal, a Mexican-American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Known as zapateados, the shoes are worn for Mexican dances that involve stamping and tapping feet against the ground to create rhythm. Purchased in Veracruz, Mexico, the shoes have a unique square toe, which Gonzalez claims is better for dancing. The shoes have a long history of use with significant wear from her performances.
Object Name
Pair of dancing shoes
Leather dancing shoes
date made
ca 2000
Associated Place
Mexico: Veracruz, Naolinco de Victoria
Physical Description
NA (overall leather)
NA (overall; outside thread)
overall: 23 mm x 8.5 mm x 11 mm; 29/32 in x 11/32 in x 7/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Martha Gonzalez
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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