Monday, October 24, 2011

Men in black – in women’s heels

LA guys in women’s peep-toe heels

The Photo:
Two LA men in women’s heels. I’m usually pretty broadminded about cross-dressing, but for some reason this just sets my teeth on edge! If men wear women’s heels to make their legs look better then why the fuck aren’t they in shorts or tights to show off their contracted calf muscles – so women have something to look at - rather than having them covered by slacks??? We haven’t seen much of it here yet, but if the fad is in LA then I’m sure we will be seeing more of it. It’s absolutely a Gay-thing, sigh!

A Tall Tale, but True: Men in Heels
The New York Times


“ON a recent summer evening at Mr. Black, a dance party held every Tuesday at Bardot on North Vine Street, Sean Wagner was towering above the crowd. Mr. Wagner, 23, is tall even in socks (6-foot-2), but that night he had some extra help.

On his Size 11 feet were a pair of eight-inch bright neon green lace-up stiletto ankle boots, procured from the Ladies Studio Exotic Shoes on Hollywood Boulevard.

He jokingly dubbed them “my usual hiking shoes.”

Mr. Wagner was otherwise dressed in men’s clothing: a loose-fitting black tank top with a pair of tapered black pants. He had a neatly trimmed beard, and a pair of black-framed glasses sat perched on his nose.

“I never leave the house with less than eight inches on my feet,” he said cheerfully. “It helps you see over the cattle.”

Mr. Wagner was not the only man wearing high heels (but no other women’s clothing) that night. At Mr. Black, Luke Nero, a promoter, estimated that 10 or more men were traversing the dance floor in a pair of pumps. “I went to a loft party yesterday, and there was a guy in normal shorts, normal tank and really hot red pumps. That’s it!” he said. “Everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, I love those shoes!’ ”

In a way, Mr. Wagner and his stiletto-wearing cohorts are repeating history. Until Napoleon banned them, high heels were considered a sign of nobility in France during the 18th century and were favored by men as well as women; long before Louboutin, Louis XVI donned five-inch red-accented heels depicting wartime battle scenes.

In 2009 the Atlanta hairstylist Derek J became famous after appearing on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” wearing women’s pumps with jeans and a sweater, the same year that the designer Rad Hourani sent male models down the runway in boot heels reminiscent of Prince and ’70s glam rockers like David Bowie and David Johansen of the New York Dolls.

At Mr. Black, two best friends, Coy Barton, 24, and Mark Cramer, 25, who go out together as a duo dubbed Coma, were dressed alike in buttoned-up white shirts, dark gray dress slacks pegged at the ankle — and black leather ankle boots with peep toes that showed off their black painted toenails. “I’m in Steve Madden, he’s in Chinese Laundry,” said Mr. Barton of their shoes, “These were $115. Mine were, like, $170.”

Expensive, yes, but nothing compared with the price of Gregory Alexander’s prized pair of Balenciaga six-inch wooden wedges: $2,000. They were safely ensconced in his closet. That evening, Mr. Alexander, 26 and a host at Mr. Black, had paired Yves Saint Laurent’s Imperiale platform stiletto ankle boot (original retail price: $1,395) with a leather motorcycle jacket, tight black jeans, a white shirt and a skinny black tie. “They were a pretty penny,” said Mr. Alexander, 26, referring to the YSL’s. “They were a Valentine’s present to myself. I had them engrave a card for me, too.”

Mr. Alexander, who runs a popular party called A Club Called Rhonda, said he owns about 30 pairs of women’s heels. He wears a women’s size 11, and just barely fits in most designer shoes.

Mr. Wagner, meanwhile, said he often resorts to paying for custom-made heels for his larger feet.

“I love the height,” he said. “It helps when you’re in a club. I’ve bought Louis Vuitton. I’ve bought Gucci. But a lot of designers don’t go high enough for me. I found a company in Arizona that will do 15-inch heels for $3,000.”

Jeff Paice, a clothing designer at Mr. Black who had dressed up his buttoned-up black shirt and black pants with a pair of sandal wedges, said he was bored with the usual choices. “There’s nothing for guys,” he said.

Mr. Barton agreed: “I literally look at girls and think, you have so many options. You have jumpers, you have skirts, you have dresses, you have pants, you have shorts. Boys have pants and shorts. Or suits and a shirt.”

None of the men interviewed considered themselves to be in drag. “I always make it very clear that I am a man, and I’m not trying to portray an illusion to anybody,” Mr. Wagner said.

Though some would call it a form of drag, he added, “As far as we’re concerned, this is just bringing a look to a club — which is what you are supposed to do.”

“I wish society was more acceptable of men wearing heels,” Mr. Paice said. “I think it’s fun. I think it makes a statement.”

Mr. Alexander cited reasons for wearing high heels many women have known since they were invented: “It’s a power thing. You’re higher than everybody else. You make more sound. You walk a different way. It makes your legs look better.”

He added: “I don’t ever take them off. I even drive in them — stick shift.”

Last summer, he broke his ankle trying to jump a fence to get into a party while wearing a pair of heels. “I was in a cast for four months,” he said. “They told me I should never wear heels again, obviously.”

“But I don’t know,” Mr. Alexander added, admiring his YSL-clad feet. “I’m back.””


  1. I once co-wrote a zentai sci-fi story set sometime in the future after a nuclear holocaust where everyone (except for a fringe community in what is now the American Midwest) wears a form of zentai, called a Pro-Suit, and bodies are hairless underneath, including the head, whose identities are obscured except for eyes and mouth, everyone is known by a base-16 identity number, sex is a form of exercise, but everyone is sterile (their reproductive organs [ovaries and testes] are removed at adolescence but have supplemental hormones), freedom is non-existent, everyone's lives are controlled by a central committee, etc. As part of this time frame, we had a few of the protagonists wear boots that have six-inch heels, both the men and the women. Most of the guys, though, wore the standard utility boot.

    Anyway, I don't know if the guys in the examples you are showing are wearing them to make their legs look good. As Gregory Alexander said above, "You're higher than everybody else," even though he did say, "It makes your legs look better."

    I have seen women wearing stilettos with a pant suit, with the legs obscuring the shoes and giving no definition to the leg muscles themselves, e.g. baggy. If you want men who wear women's-height heels to wear shorts or tights, then women should only wear a skirt when wearing heels. Otherwise, if she's in a pant suit, she must wear flats or low heels of 2 inches or less.

  2. Agree with your sentiments regarding the picture Jill!

    Some tight latex stockings with a pair of Christian Louboutin mesh sole kitten heel slippers would float my boat.

    Oops, did I say that out-loud ;)

    Paul S

    P.S. Like the story, Eric :)

  3. mmmmm Jill ,
    Story's like these's are going to become more common .As the femini'zation of the male and the male image . Continues to change towards the wants of female. Ever since the 70's when the female's wanted men to be more sentive . The man wearing high heels is not new to socity. Music performers did it years before ,this picture ever was concived . Yet, if the evalution of the notion of the male being societal femini'sation. The men should have incorperated more into the image .
    Paul D.

  4. Hi Paul D,

    >Story's like these are going to become more common as the feminization of the male and the male image continues to change towards the wants of female.

    I’m sorry Paul but I don’t think you can blame women wanting men to be more civilized for the kink that some men have to wear women’s high-heels.

    >The man wearing high heels is not new to society. Music performers did it years before, this picture ever was conceived.

    That’s true but it was in the context of a performance costume and the footwear was more rocker platform boots not open-toe stiletto booties. If a guy wants to do that while out socially, fine, but don’t say he’s not in drag.


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