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10-02-2005
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I have a pair of men's boots that are vintage and they're about a 2 inch heel. They're amazingly nice and look manly. The heel on the shoe in the picture posted is definately a womans shoe, but its not the worst thing in the world. I basically think it all comes down to pulling it off. Some people can pull anything off. If a man can rock stilettos, the more power to him. But theres nothing worse than trying something out there and not pulling it off.

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I dislike a lot that look of Rick Owens

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It's all about the total image you convey...

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11-02-2005
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Hi all.
Its good to see the topic I started still going strong. I saw the pictures of the fashion show and I personally think that its a bit extreme, I mostly wear block heel boots with around 3 inch heel co-ordinated with long bootcut jeans or trousers (depending on occasion). My girlfriend bought me a pair of shoes recently for a special occasion which I would normally not wear like this: -

http://www.additionsdirect.co.uk/add...TJAWGJG1RP9LWF

and I thought they were OK.

Recently I heard about an article in the New York Observer from the 9th Feb this is the article: -

Heels for Him; Alexanderís Aerie
by Anna Schneider-Mayerson
We all know that Manhattan men can be heels Ö but Manhattan men in heels?

Itís happening, according to Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of the popular boutique Jeffrey in the meatpacking district, where a Christian Dior boot with a two-inch-plus heel sold out this past fall. "I am fully supportive of such irreverence in footwear for men," Mr. Kalinsky said by phone from a prospecting trip in Milan. "We absolutely do not usually miss the opportunity to buy some sort of boot with a heel for men. We generally sell these boots out."

Mr. Kalinsky doesnít wear high heels himself ("I donít find the pitch comfortable," he said), but Jeffrey buyer David Rubenstein, who is 5-foot-9, forges boldly ahead in models from Dior or D-Squared. "I like the little bit of height that it gives me, and I find them very comfortable," said Mr. Rubenstein, intercepting the phone from his boss. "People are like, ĎOh my God, those boots are so cool!í More and more, you see people wearing them."

American designer Rick Owens has become known for his stilettoíd sashays down the runway at the close of his collections, which he moved to Paris in 2003. "Heís very masculine, and they come across very masculine," said Mr. Kalinsky, adding that he wouldíve stocked Jeffrey with an entire run of the Owens boots, which had "a really high heel Ö but they didnít produce them." Designer and Manhattan gadabout Zac Posen was spotted in a pair of cropped pants and higher-than-usual boots at a Democratic fund-raiser at Milk Studios last October. "Whatís going on with that?" another male designer there remembered thinking. "All the guys were snickering." (Mr. Posenís publicist said he was too busy for an interview.)

Meanwhile, Yves Saint Laurentís three-inch heeled "Jonny" boot has been a best-seller for the past year, with rock star Lenny Kravitz stocking up on eight pairs. "[Former company designer] Tom Ford really liked the idea that men walked more elegantly in it," said a Y.S.L. spokesperson.

But can this style gain any, er, traction among ordinary Joes who just want a little lift?

"I donít know if I could swing that," said actor Adam Green, 28, who is 5-foot-10 and favors sensible footwear from Skechers, Kenneth Cole and Rockport. "There is a certain amount of practice and balance that goes on with it."

Over at Churchís, the classic menís shoe store on Madison Avenue, manager Costas Liagouris displayed some contempt for the style. Itís for "short men that havenít come to terms with their own physique and gay men that want to go the extra mile," he said. "To change the height of the heel would be something that I just donít foresee in the near future with our customers, in our company. It would be very radical."

The anonymous designer who scoffed at Mr. Posen admitted that he bought his two pairs of Jonny boots in the fall. But he has yet to trot them out.

"Itís kind of icky," he said.


Like many a Brit before him, Alexander McQueen has taken up residence in the West Village. The bad-boy designer has been renting an apartment in the quaint neighborhood since at least mid-December. Itís just blocks from hiseponymous store in the meatpacking district, which opened in the summer of 2002.

"Hehas friends hereóitís really more personal than work-related" said Mr. McQueenís representative at the public-relations firm KCD, adding that his client finds "inspiration" in the city. "He absolutely hasnít moved from London, though. Heís spent very little time here since heís had the place."

Last year, Mr. McQueen turned down the chief design job at Yves Saint Laurent in order to concentrate on his own label. Reportedly, he was "depressed" at even being considered for the post.



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So maybe reasonable heels for men will come into fashion to give us a bit of variety. What do you think???

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um...i think that last bit about mcqueen is off topic...no?...

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Men and women walk differently, carry their weight differently, and have a different skeletal structure (in their hips for the most part) so yes, it does matter and shoes are made differently for men and women.

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I like it when men wear shoes that are made for men, not when they are made for women....for example those on Louis XIV are made for a guy and they look good on him, but when a man wears eg. a pair of Manolo's these days, that's a bit odd for me

No offense though, cause I strongly promote personal styles and individuality, it's just my view on it...keep being yourselfs!

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That being said, I'm from Wisconsin for christs' sake and I think heels are fine for men. Of course, men hear wear sh*t kickers (or Carolina Boots if you're not familiar with the look) which have about a 2 inch heel so I'm used to the idea. Wear whatever you want as long as you feel good wearing it!

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Agreed!

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I guess not everyone will like this pic, but I do. Not exactly something I would wear to the supermarket though.

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Originally Posted by Dego
feet come in all shapes and sizes, there's no standard male and female foot.
actually.. shoes are designed differently for men and woman.

Why do you think there's such a difference in how lasts look?

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Well, I am certainly one of those who dislikes this pic, but compare some of Ale's portraits, where it would be a fashion no-no for him to wear flats with the rest of his outfit. I'm no Ale, but I have been wearing heels for some years with good enough taste that the compliments have invariably outweighed the criticisms.

I grant you, the mixed image takes some accommodation to get comfortable with, but if it is done with a good bit of style, the very difference can be attractive.

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Originally Posted by luna
actually.. shoes are designed differently for men and woman.

Why do you think there's such a difference in how lasts look?
If there were a fundamental difference, a forensic investigator would be able to identify the sex of a corpse from the feet alone. They cannot.

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I guess not everyone will like this pic, but I do. Not exactly something I would wear to the supermarket though.
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This just looks funny . If a man wears heels, he should do it well. Why would a man wear heels everyday? This is suitable just for parties, special events. Also, if a man wears heels, its more likely that it`s not a female who will be holding his hand.


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If there were a fundamental difference, a forensic investigator would be able to identify the sex of a corpse from the feet alone. They cannot.
Hm. Well, I feel sorry for any woman who has MAN feet then.

But the professors who taught my "anatomy in accessories design" class would side with me. *shrug*

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