While some men feel sympathy for women who “have to” wear high heels because of how uncomfortable they can be and the damage they can do to their spine, others dream of wearing them without being judged.
A new trend is on the rise and, you may have guessed it, it has to do with men’s love of high heels. It’s not drag
, supporters of the trend insist: it’s called being up to speed with everything.
The other day, the NY Times
ran a piece on the fashion at some of the hippest, exclusive parties in town – and noted that countless men attending them were wearing high heels.
Mind you, we’re not talking Simon Cowell-high type of shoes, but heels that would probably make even a woman feel dizzy.
Some of them are lucky enough to fit into designer sample / women sizes, but others have to look everywhere to find a manufacturer willing to customize their offering to fit them.
All of them, though, insist that wearing high heels doesn’t mean they’re going out in drag. As they see it, men have far too few options when it comes to fashion, whereas the ladies have more than one could (care to) count.
“I never leave the house with less than eight inches [20.3cm] on my feet. It helps you see over the cattle,” 23-year-old Sean Wagner says for the publication.
Promoter Luke Nero says Wagner is not the only man to have a diehard passion for towering heels.
“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! Everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, I love those shoes!’” Nero explains for the same publication.
Some men are even willing to pay upwards of $2,000 (€1,447) for a pair of their favorite designer shoes and it’s all in the name of diversifying their wardrobe.
“I love the height. 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 [€2,170],” Wagner says.