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  1. Been a while but still wearing them regularly. Today I have my rounded toed stilettos on. I reheeled the tips recently. Tapped out the shank and added a spacer and cap screw. Added about 3mm in height. I was getting tired of replacing the tips. Admittedly love the sound on cement and tiled floors. New heel tips
    7 points
  2. I wear my boots on the outside of my pants all the time. The last time I wore my Jessica Simpson stilettoes shoe shopping, the shoe manager told me she had the same pair, but had to give them away when her feet grow during pregancy. Mine are not "modest" heels, most 4 inch + whatever platforms. I get the eye roll, more often from older adult women. The eye roll is where they see your boots, roll their eyes up and see you're male, then roll their eyes down to look at the boots again. By that time I am past them Kids sometimes will point it out to their parents. Rarely a comment. My boots are real or faux leather or suede. I would guess the responce might be different if I wore a fetish or shiny plastic looking boots. Or boots covered in sequins. It took sometime to start wearing them on the outside. But my boots weren't cheap, so why hide them. I trying to expand my boots into other colors and styles, like the western boots in ICE from Freebird.
    6 points
  3. I post these photos not to show off any heels, but to show off my new winter coat. I finally found a coat that I actually like. This one I got from Macy's online for about 100 bucks. It's Tommy Hilfiger, size Medium. I like the fact that it has a belt, and the belt sits kind of high on me, which somewhat balances out my long torso/short legs. It has an inner liner which can be zipped separately, so you can wear the coat unzipped yet still be covered. It may be totally useless, but it's kinda cool. The big furry hood can be detached if desired.
    6 points
  4. A little bolder today.
    5 points
  5. I’m just back from a stroll to the supermarket, a mile or so each way, and with the supermarket being in quite a busy crossroads, and at quite a busy time - lunch hour. I wore my grey suede OTK boots, medium heels. Usually I don’t bother noticing if anyone is noticing because I don’t care, but today as an experiment I decided to look at where people hold their eyes when they are out and about. In almost every case it is straight ahead into the vague middle distance, or else they are looking for something, or speaking to someone. In any case their observation threshold doesn’t appear to be lower than the waist. There are those of course with downcast eyes, either gloomy or lost in thought or because they are very introspective. And again, these people don’t seem to observe much either. One woman noticed my boots - she had been gazing at a spot on the footpath and I happened to walk through it. She glanced up at me, then back at the boots and then returned to her own private bubble. Now I was wearing, as I said, mid-grey suede OTK boots paired with fairly light coloured, but not pale, blue jeans. And worn outside the jeans. They worked together in a complementary way. If I had been wearing something more eye-catching - patent thigh-highs - maybe more people might have noticed. The point is that while we may be conscious that we are wearing something outside the norm, most of the rest of the world just doesn’t. Especially if you don’t make a show of it. I mention this because of some posts I saw lately where people were wearing really quite presentable boots and were nervous about the reactions. Don’t be. It’s fine.
    5 points
  6. I always wear mine over my jeans. I like the look and also, in the case of OTK boots it’s just way too much of a hassle to do anything else. My boots are fairly conservative in style - classics, real leather or Nubuck suede, and quiet colours which pair well with jeans. There’s no reason for them to attract attention
    5 points
  7. I touched upon this subject on Christmas Day a little bit, but it has been eating at me quite a bit more since then, mainly because I've already broken my resolution and have bought more shoes since then. I didn't really make a hard resolution, but I did say 99 pairs were enough. Now I have to say 102 pairs are enough, and I no longer have quite enough space for everything. I was full up before. Back when my collection was around 50 or even 60 pairs, I could honestly say that yeah, it seems like a lot of shoes, but I actually wear them all. And it was true! I did have summer and winter shoes, but except for maybe a couple of novelty items, I didn't really neglect anybody. Nowadays, by contrast, I just counted 10 pairs that I have not yet even worn outside the house. Part of the problem is not just sheer numbers, but style. I would say that about three quarters of my collection is definitely on the dressy side, and that includes sandals. If I could actually wear heels to work, I would not be writing this now. The fact is, I just don't have occasion to wear heels that much, and especially not super dressy heels. The fact is, we don't really go anywhere anymore, especially after the pandemic. I do and will have the farmer's market, at least the one on concrete, but the type of shoe that I would wear there is limited once again by style--it needs to be rather casual. By my seat-of-the-pants estimate, I would say that I wear about 15-20 pairs out of the entire collection 90% of the time, and if I want to be brutally self aware, of that 15-20, there are probably half a dozen pair that I wear 75% of that 90%. I definitely have my favorites. Because many of my shoe styles are quite dressy, as a practical matter I only have around 52 opportunities a year to wear half of my collection. Doing the math, even if I never repeated at any point during the year, that's one wear per year per pair of shoes. As a practical matter, this means some shoes never get worn at all. This was certainly never my intention starting out, but that is certainly what it has become.
    4 points
  8. Heelers : Here I go. I do not believe anyone is going to agree with this. I would never wear the shoes shown in this ad. What kind of a turnaround do you guys think will be achieved here? The men in western movies wear cowboy boots with higher heels than this crap. Do any of you think John Wayne would prance around in these shoes. Cowboy boots haven't encouraged people to wear higher heeled shoes over the last/past one hundred (100) years. Just wear what you like and move on. Mike
    4 points
  9. I like to wear knee boots and have two pairs of over the knee styles too. Most of the time I'm wearing them with leggings or jeggings so the whole boot is showing. The only time I wear them under my pants is when I go to church on Sundays, but my pants show off my heels on my boots and sometimes I have to lift my pant leg to show off my boots to my lady friends. I love wearing boots out! Happy Heeling, bluejay
    4 points
  10. I think tjhere are more guys out there who would secretly like to wear boots but just don't dare without some kind of positive affirmation or a nod that it is okay to wear them. These boots are not at all feminine and I'm sure would strike a chord with a lot of guys who would like a similar pairthemselves
    4 points
  11. They don't burr so actually don't snag on carpet. My floors at home have throw rugs and mostly bamboo with tile in the water rooms, kitchen and bath. Bamboo is much denser than oak and does not Mark. I've damaged oak and cheaper laminate with even plastic tips as they do wear and do have steel pins as well. Still, love the look and sound. Many women have told me they like them too. They look good since the match up well with the main shaft. I don’t do these on my covered heels. I have a whole series of pumps and boots with the same heel and have been converting them as needed.
    4 points
  12. I would just like to see the writers of these articles - for once - be open to the possibility minded that rank and file blokes might also want to step out of their assigned fashions and try something new. And to quit making the blinkered assumption that fashion and orientation are inevitably linked. They are not.
    4 points
  13. The way I view it is that these pro-brand endorsements of men in heels creates a cumulative effect of change. When viewed in isolation, they may fall short of our dreams and wishes. But when viewed in combination with the broader celebrity (Harry Styles), social media (Insta + Tik Tok), and high street (ASOS) endorsements of heels for men, they prime the broader culture to more readily accept the style we wish to wear for ourselves (pant suits with pumps). It shifts the needle in the right direction.
    3 points
  14. Pandemic is over, killed those who couldn't survive now it's basically a cold. Get back to office and socialize. I've had covid as many times as the vacation, 3. It's really time to move on.
    3 points
  15. I've only been on-site for less than 40 days since the start of the pandemic. Today was one of those days. I will be back on site less than 30 days till June. Lunch meeting heels. These Jessica Simson boots are so comfortable.
    3 points
  16. I know this is a topic I have visited before, but I have some new examples of this somewhat strange phenomenon. My first example is almost not worth including because the difference is quite minimal, but it's measurable. I have two examples of the Steve Madden "Klory," which I consider to be the perfect all around pump, but for the fact that it isn't leather. I am willing to put up with this because they are otherwise quite comfortable, and I can't think of an occasion in the last several years where I would wear a pair of pumps for more than a few hours at a time. At any rate, the nude or beige Klorys (which is the pair I bought first) measure 4 5/8" up the back of the heel. The black ones, which are the same exact size, same exact model, measure 4 3/4". This is in some ways hardly worth noting, because you notice it neither from wearing them nor looking at them without benefit of a measuring device. Even side by side, you don't really notice it until you place them as I have them pictured here. The next example is also from Steve Madden. This model is called "Daisie," and is pretty similar to the Klory, but has thinner stiletto heels, and perhaps slightly more pointed toes. However, there is a remarkable difference between the nude patent and the tan patent colors. The nude comes in at 4 5/8", just like the Klory, but the tan pair measures only 4 3/8". Again, same model, same size, different color. This difference is quite noticeable both visually and in actual use. The last example I have for today are my True Religion open toe mules, model name unknown. I have had four pairs of these over the years, but the first two are long gone for reasons which I won't get into in this post. I have about 100 miles on the black pair, and they have the potential to become my most durable heels ever. Since this is a model that was offered more than 10 years ago, I saw the brown ones and figured I'd better snap them up--you don't see them around so often anymore. Imagine my surprise when I try on my new brown ones, and yeah, they're a little snug, but something else is off, too. It turns out that the brown pair's heels are 4 3/4", while my old black pair is 4 1/2". The difference is actually more than 1/4", but I'm not measuring to the 1/32". Even I am not quite that geeky.
    3 points
  17. Couldn't help it, I know I have too many pairs of Frye boots, but, i can't help but love them.
    3 points
  18. I think it'll be a long wait for anyone who hopes to see stilettos accepted as menswear by the mainstream, but chunky heeled ankle and knee boots, on the other hand, could make the grade with not too much of a push. It would heklp a lot if fashion writers would only embrace the idea that breaking traditional fashion boundaries can be for everybody, not just a select demographic.
    3 points
  19. Yes, the boot raises you above the ground by 8". We all accept that. But the effect of your 'high heel' is a rise of around 4" only because of the platform sole. If (with your boots on), you stood on a piece of wood 2" thick, you would now be 10" off the ground - but your heel rise would still only be a modest 4". There is no need for further debate, let alone disharmony. You like what you have - good. But such an extreme platform style is not for everyone.
    3 points
  20. What do you think about this cowboy boots.Are they looks good for a man or very feminine?
    3 points
  21. The trouble for me is in the very first sentence - What should you wear to work if you’re non-binary? Once again the discussion about a greater liberality in fashion and dress codes is confined solely to those in the Alphabet brigade. It’s not - what would you do if you’re a rank-and-file bloke who’d like to wear heels or not be so confined to stereotype? It is never that. Rank-and-file types - those without interesting or trendy gender ambiguities - are expected/assumed either to have no interest in anything other than adhering to type, or if they do - too bad. There is no support or encouragement - not for the rank and file.
    3 points
  22. This is what geeks do, and I consider us high heel geeks in this regard. Who was the better captain, Kirk vs Picard (Kirk has won that handsomely now), who would win in a fight, the USS Enterprise vs. an Imperial Star Destroyer, the debates were endless. Geeks will endlessly split hair. Because we care and because we live to split hair on our favorite subjects. If we didn't then it would be a sign of us no longer giving a damn. So long may the endless single sole vs. platform debate continue! And yes, platforms look clunky and fugly.
    3 points
  23. JKrenzer: Much thanks for the photo update. Now we need to get your colleges into wearing stiletto high heels. Mike
    2 points
  24. JKrenzer: I love the photos you post from work. I would think that would be a gigantic thrill. However, I never see anyone else in the photos-not even in the background. Also, who is taking these pictures? Nosie me. I like red also, see below. Mike
    2 points
  25. Red at work. This is a old pair of Italian Heels. Well worn and feel like leather gloves.
    2 points
  26. I used to sell shoes, but nowadays I give them to the thrift shop. It just so happens that when I did my latest shoe inventory and decided to get rid of a few pair, there is this one particular pair of clogs that I just don't wear at all anymore. There is nothing wrong with them, I've just gotten out of the habit of wearing them. So I put them in the giveaway pile. Then I discovered what they're going for on Poshmark. Like 150-200 bucks! I know I didn't pay that much for these clogs, but I guess I'll keep them now. Or actually attempt to sell them.
    2 points
  27. I think most people put in more hours at home. They start earlier (no commute) and tend not to switch off. The temptation to just finish something after dinner is always there and often acted upon. That has been the experience of all the people I know.
    2 points
  28. The problem with downsizing is that it takes a lot of work and above all energy to downsize. Offering shoes for sale, both here and on the local auction sites can sometimes take forever. And when you try to sell elsewhere it draws in a lot of crazies and low ballers. Sometimes it's just easier to throw your unwanted pairs into a local 2nd hand clothes collection bins. Easy to do with cheap shoes, but what about the really expensive ones? No wonder we get out of control collections. I finally understand women in that regard. It takes zero effort to buy new shoes, it takes quite some effort to sell old shoes.
    2 points
  29. Yes I’m still making up for lost time on the wearing boots and heels front…
    2 points
  30. I figure it would be a good day to start. An activity that will always be postponed : not wearing heels.
    2 points
  31. Tomorrow I’m going to stop procrastinating…
    2 points
  32. Honestly I do like the 3 inch Cuban heel ankle boots even if they are on the low height side for me. Agreed with Melrose, good overall sign. Mainstream does follow his lead.
    2 points
  33. I would agree - there’s nothing that rings my bell there, but it is nice to see some motion in the right direction. And yes, I’d agree that it’s all predicated on profit and box-ticking rather than a sea change in philosophy, but there again one takes what one finds.
    2 points
  34. I guess it is encouraging to see shoes as well as boots in this ad campaign. I'm not going to give CL himself any crap about doing what is apparently a 180 on his former men in heels statements. Even if you can ignore money/profit motives, you have to give people room to change as the world changes. Having said all of that, there are no shoes or boots featured in this set that I would actually wear.
    2 points
  35. Exactly right. This is not an easy change of direction, and doing it in small ncremental steps is the only way this is ever going to work. Patience is required. This is a good and useful start
    2 points
  36. That would me a marked departure from his previous comments on men in heels!
    2 points
  37. Here is my latest. I got these for about 10 bucks in a second hand store if I recall. The brand is modern rush and they have a 4.5" heel
    2 points
  38. Heelers : OK let's get straight here. There is NO such thing as to many pairs of high heels. I now have 120 pair of high heels with 5" heels or higher. On 1-22-2023 Sunday I ordered a pair of pumps=court shoes, in nude color. As the saying goes " If the shoe fits buy them in every color" so I did. Mike
    2 points
  39. It's OK to have a shoe fetish. I'm in the same place, used to think why. Now I embrace it. I'll admit I love my heels, sometimes I'll wear 2 or 3 different pair a day.
    2 points
  40. My calves are skinnier still. My ankles are also very slender which means I often have the problem of boots slouching around my skinny ankles
    2 points
  41. I received the same coat for my birthday in red. In this photo, the tags and the wife are still attached. I have no idea why the picture continues to load 90º off from the way it actually looks, but I'm not going to spend a lot of time trying to figure it out.
    2 points
  42. I too have slender calves. They would fit me fine. Some of my knee boots I've had to take to the shoe repair shop to slim them down. Usually cost me $40-$50, but if they are a good leather boot, it's worth the cost to have them fit my legs better. No wide calf boots needed for me! Happy Heeling, bluejay
    2 points
  43. I sometimes forget how lucky I am, as a boot lover, to have unusually slender calves.
    2 points
  44. Funny banter about the color. Before I scrolled through all of that, I suspected that the color was supposed to be sort of pre-distressed. However, I can see another problem completely unrelated to color. Since I know you like to try things on in person, this isn't really a problem, you will know right away. The boots are fairly slim fitting on the model. Your calves are rather bigger than your average female model's. Is this going to be an issue?
    2 points
  45. Here's three of us for "not feminine." I wore boots very similar to this every weekend when I used to play in a country band back in the day. Back, then, the pants were full and on the outside of the boots of course.
    2 points
  46. While we're still on this, another way of saying it is "steepness." In other words, the angle of your foot when wearing the shoes. So, the angle of your foot when wearing 8" heels with a 4" platform is the same as if you were wearing 4" heels with no platform. Fun fact--a 4" heel does not make you 4 inches taller, due to the dangle of the angle, and it depends upon individual foot measurements. However, a 4" platform gives you the full 4" of increase in height, no trigonometry necessary!
    2 points
  47. Hi All, Well I managed it and it was fantastic, I really tried to not think about what other people were thinking/seeing and it really made it so much easier Thanks all for your comments, here's to more outings hopefully!
    2 points
  48. I would agree, society seems to have "hardwired" most with this silly assumption, which prevents most "rank and file blokes" from actually trying different fashions.
    2 points
  49. That's very impressive. However, you can tell that I didn't write it! I also found it cute that it recommended consulting with a podiatrist as one of the options when experiencing high heel discomfort. I understand that there are podiatrists out there who are pro high heel, but their number is probably about the same as rotary dial telephones in use in 2023. But still, I'm thinking that this answer could not have been generated by a machine even just a few short years ago. Further thought on the general subject: By the way, I am on my way back to being in halfway decent high heel condition. I have seized the opportunity every time the wind hasn't been blowing too hard to take walks around the neighborhood. It comes back reasonably fast. My fingers still feel like little blocks of ice by the time I get back home, though.
    2 points
  50. I asked ChatGPT to "type and educated response to this message" The message was your post copy and pasted into the Chat GPT prompt window. Here's what it responded:
    2 points
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