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  1. New here, don't know if they will get any love?
    9 points
  2. Does the dentists office count as a public place? At this moment.
    8 points
  3. Just received several new heels. The X-Straps fit so well and the Slings are fun to wear.
    7 points
  4. Just got these very light, almost white, mules.
    7 points
  5. Hi all, it's time for another new pair of shoes! I am actually several pairs behind, but these are special because I think I have finally found a pair of nude (or beige) pumps which suit all of my needs and desires. Well, except for one, and that comes at a price I'm unwilling to pay. I had bought a pair of Steve Madden "Daisie" pumps in nude a while back. They were a very pinkish beige, but that didn't bother me. They were super pointy, had super thin heels which approached the 5 inch territory, and were super easy to walk in. The only problem was that the sock liner of the shoe had started to deteriorate due to age and exposure to air. Or sunlight. Or something. I'm no chemist, but the insides of these shoes were peeling off, and it wasn't because of heavy use--there wasn't a mark on the soles or heels. I was/am unable to find another pair in that color and in my size. The other model that is of the same basic idea is the "Vala," but it has an extreme setback heel which I think looks ugly. Naturally, those can be had everywhere for a little bit of nothing. Anyway, I ran across these Madden pumps on Poshmark which were called "Klory." They looked to be the ticket. High, thin heel, pointed toe, but less extreme than the Daisie. Supposedly, they were brand new. The seller wanted something like 80 bucks for them. "Nah, I'm not paying quite that much for a plastic shoe that I can't try on," I said to myself. "If they come down to 50 bucks, then we'll see." It took a while, but the seller did eventually come down to 50 bucks. I couldn't go back on a promise, so I bought them, and I'm glad I did. Although I have yet to truly wear them outside, I can tell you that they seem to have all the good characteristics of the Daisies without the peeling insides. Actually, I like them better in some aspects. The not-quite-4 3/4" heel (119 mm to be exact) is incrementally thicker than the Daisie, at 5/16", or 8 mm, but more importantly, it curves inward, toward the front of the shoe, which I find more attractive and desirable than a more set back heel. Fit is what you'd expect from a size 9 Steve Madden, so that was a relief. They seem a little bit steeper than the Daisies, even though the heel height is virtually the same. I'll have to actually wear them somewhere to comment on that, but the heels are rock solid, so any awkwardness I may experience is user error, and not the fault of the shoes. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.
    7 points
  6. several new mules from AliExpress. These have very high and well supporting arches, incredibly comfortable. The blues ones are why I now have these others. My light beige ones are at work, pictured the other day.
    6 points
  7. It's been a busy couple months but things are finally slowing down enough to get some heeling in! Made it out to dsw the other day and i scored these new booties!
    6 points
  8. I put this in this topic because I am at work this morning with these on. Anyway, I wanted to discuss platforms. I personally am not a fan since I find them to generally be clumpy and ungainly. I do have a few though but rarely find myself wearing them, well except these. These are Steve Madden Darrt pumps. They have about a 3/8" internal hidden platform. Best disguise I've ever seen. The soles are a bit stiff but still flexible just enough to walk in without the rolling effect of higher platforms. This style has been gone for a while now, but I wouldn't mind seeing it come back.
    5 points
  9. Hi to you all! I tend to mostly wear thigh boots or chap boots when I work at home and knee boots when I’m driving….knee boots with a 3” heel. My thigh and chap boots have 4” heels. Here is a picture of my comfy Fernando Berlin thigh boots
    5 points
  10. I haven't posted on here in a while, as there seems to be little interest. I really don't blame people, I've got nothing new to say, and perhaps that's a good thing. It means I am able to lead a normal life wearing heels, and there are a finite number of things to say about that. There was a radical change in the weather here in Central Iowa this past week. It seems like one day it was in the 90s for temperature (close to 35º C), and a few days later, it dipped into the mid to upper 50s (around 12-15º C). As a result, I wore long pants and long sleeves to the farmer's market, and I'm glad I did. It started out a little hot, and I was thinking I could have worn shorts, as many of our customers did. However, our customers didn't have to stand outside in one spot for five hours, and by the time eight o'clock rolled around, I was quite appropriately dressed. If I had to do it all over again, I'd have probably worn my ankle boots or knee high boots. I wore these oxfords, which are my oldest continuously serving pair of shoes, because I knew they wouldn't bite me back, and they didn't. I did not bring a pair of backup shoes or load-in/load-out shoes with me. The little bit of ankle showing I feel interrupts the visual line. I got only one comment on that evening, and it was a "I don't understand how you can deal with heels that high" kind of comment.
    5 points
  11. Short video of me streetwalking with a friend
    5 points
  12. I decided to post here because I recently took several pictures of my new Steve Madden "Klory" pumps, and I happened to be wearing shorts. I am normally loathe to wear closed-toes shoes with shorts--this was for modelling purposes only--but I don't think the combination looks horrible.
    5 points
  13. Wore some boots in to work today.
    5 points
  14. Super good last night of the year for the farmer's market. Good weather, no other major events going on, and the realization for many people that they won't be able to come to this event for another 7 months. We went out with a bang, rather than a whimper. I really wanted to wear shorts for our last hurrah of the year, but that would have been inadvisable. It's simply not that warm. Got zero comments about my outfit or my shoes. True Religion mules. Effective 4 inch heel. Brought backup shoes, but didn't even think about using them. By the end of the season, 4 inch heels are easy. The trick will be to keep myself in this good of condition over the winter.
    4 points
  15. I think Shyheels hit the nail on its head when he said he believes it was announced to improve the company's inclusivity credentials. Bingo!! Virtue signalling has become the hallmark of so many woke companies recently. I don't so much mind women wearing pants or guys wearing heels as much as I would like to know what will the garment tag say when I look to see where those pants or skirts are made?? If they are not made in a country with adequate environmental and labour standards then all this inclusivity coverage is really a smokescreen. I mean, if you have the cash to blast people into outer space, then you ought to be able to produce the uniforms your employees wear under such preferable conditions. Make a real statement and make the stuff in the United Kingdom. They benefit from the stability the U.K. provides so why not pay it forward and give back?? What a concept! HinH
    4 points
  16. These are getting a lot of wear. Obviously very eye catching without being too high, three inches block heels. Bought from the men's collection from Asos Design. Got lots of compliments from men and women as well. They're very plastic/synthetic on the upper and rubber soles but well made. Very comfortable. I really like them, don't know how much time will last.
    4 points
  17. Many of you are familiar with the following commercial, which came out about 5 years ago. The relevant portion of this is at about 0:23, which is screen shot at the end, along with my photos: This model appears to be wearing CL Merci Allen, but perhaps a custom pair, because I've never seen this color before. In any case, if she were my size, those heels would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 1/4 - 5 1/2" on a size 40 or U.S. women's 9. Notice how she is able to take a reasonably big step and still keep her knees perfectly straight. This is one of the main keys to looking good when walking in heels. We wish we could see this model walk for a distance in these heels, preferably outside, to see how that would actually look in real life. Unfortunately, we get about one second of walking, and several more seconds of dancing in a highly edited package. After reviewing this commercial, which I had forgotten about for several years, I decided to see how I would fare in a similar situation. So I made videos of me walking in various heights of heels, just to see what is possible for a normal person. There is nothing scientific about this, it's just for fun, and for self-awareness. The first thing I noticed is that due to the shape of my legs, my knees don't straighten out quite as nicely as the model's. Even if my knees are locked, they are still sort of more prominent than the model's. Nothing I can do about that, but I have found in my research that it doesn't matter if you don't keep your knees perfectly straight as you take that forward stride, they just have to be pretty close. A few degrees of bend is acceptable. 10 degrees of bend is unacceptable. The pictures at the end are as follows: Screenshot of the model in her 5+ inch heels, me in 3" heels, me in 4" heels, me in 4 3/4" heels, me in 5+" heels. I've got the lower heels handled as far as ankle flexibility. I did better in the almost not quite 5 inchers than I thought I would, but this is an encapsulated, relatively controlled moment, and I won't be wearing these in public for a while, if ever. The super high ones, well, you see the best I can do. Not good enough. Anyway, I thought it was something fun to share.
    4 points
  18. I think the heels in these pictures are ugly. When you see these shoes on men it will never take off. Show a normal pair of heels on a normally dressed guy be it in a pair of jeans a skirt or dress pants or leggings even. But when you see these ridiculous outfits it makes us look like idiots
    4 points
  19. I like seeing these articles that state men wearing heels is starting to catch on. But all they show is pictures of male models on the runway wearing outfits and heels that can only be worn on the runway. No man on the street would be caught dead in any of those heels or outfits, even if it was more socially acceptable. Until we start seeing men in heels at places like home depot and starbucks for example, that statement for me will always be false!
    4 points
  20. JKrenzer : Dam nice looking heels. Those are my idea of flats. 🙂 Mike
    4 points
  21. HappyinHeels/JKenzer I think we are still dealing with great apprehension when HHPlace members think the toilet or a doctor's office is anything other than your home or a dark theater. High Heels are JUST shoes. Sunday 9-11-2022 I spent the day at the Ohio collectors Gun show. Walking Two (2) hours in 7" heels with 1 3/4 plat. There are NO special places. Wear your heels wherever you wear your Ugly shoes = Flats. I go to dentist offices also. Mike
    4 points
  22. Old pumps today. Melrose, you'd like these. Steve Madden Darrt. These actually have a thin extremely well hidden platform.
    4 points
  23. My latest is a pair of JustFab "Loola" mules, which I purchased through Poshmark for the low, low price of $24 plus shipping. They caught my eye because a) they were shiny, b) they were cheap, and c) they appeared to have close to 5 inch heels with no platform, which I have been seeking for some time. As it turns out, they are not quite a full 5 inches in steepnes, but that's probably ok, since I can almost walk in them. The heel height is actually a full 5 inches, as I expected, but these sandals have what is effectively a 1/4" platform, reducing the difference to a mere 4 3/4". Thickness of the heel is a tidge over 5/16", or about 9 mm. These are a size 9, which is typically too big for me in open heeled shoes, but I think these actually fit fine. There is some real estate around my foot, but it's evenly distributed between toes and heel, and it's not excessive. I hate to admit it, but I have been buying plastic shoes lately, and these are the latest addition to the petroleum based collection. I haven't really truly worn them out yet, so I cannot comment on the comfort and feel, but they seem sturdy enough for cheap shoes, and they may well help me on my goal of mastering slightly higher heels.
    4 points
  24. Here are my latest. The brand is Boohoo. The heel measures close to 5 inches. And without a platform they feel high, just the way I like them. These are also the first ones I've seen with a triangle toe box. And there sizing is weird too. I am usually an eur40 which I believe is a 9. But these are marked 8/41, and yet they fit me perfectly!
    4 points
  25. The better half is under the weather, so all the shopping/chores have fallen on me. Not the worst thing, I got to spend some time in Macy's yesterday, and they had a pretty nice collection of knee boots, didn't recognize the manufacturers, but the boots looked nice for the price. That is, until this "bull in a china shop" arrived. There was only a male sales clerk in the area, he kind of gave me a second glance while I was looking at boots. There were about 15 pairs of knee boots, free standing on the top tier of a display shelf. Needless to say, I picked up one boot to have a closer look. When I put it back, the boot lost its balance and fell into the pair next to it knocking them into the next pair and so on down the line until all 15 pairs had been knocked over, some on the floor! I could feel the glare of the sales clerk on the back of my neck without even seeing his face. What could I do at this point, except what I'm good at, laughing at my own clumsy self. Didn't run off, spent about ten minutes very carefully picking up all the boots and gently placing them back on the shelf, hoping they would stand up. Kind of like setting up dominos. Needless to say, I was the focus of a few inquisitive customers/workers by now. Oh well, at least I can still laugh, at myself, no issue with that yet. On the positive side, I went to a different store in the mall to buy some needed items. The young male counter clerk stopped me as I was walking away (after paying) to compliment me on my knee high Champion cowboy boots with 3" heels. Believe it or not, I was wearing the boots over my tight fit levis, so am making progress. The fellow said he loved my boot style, and the cowboy look. He asked if I actually did ranch work, I admitted that I had never been on a ranch, and just love wearing boots "of all styles". I thanked the clerk for taking the time to compliment me, admitting I appreciated it. Now, I just must summon the courage to wear my new nine west boots over the levis or "lucky jeans". Getting closer guys, thanks.... Don
    3 points
  26. I got this set this past Monday & have already gotten several compliments, from both men & women. I always have some type of painted nails going on so I'm not sure why this set attracted so much attention...
    3 points
  27. They have the leopard print boots back in stock: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-heeled-chelsea-boot-in-faux-leopard-print/prd/203044136?clr=brown&colourWayId=203044145&SearchQuery=mens+heels I wear mine out quite often and have had several admiring comments. All from women. I don't think men even notice them.
    3 points
  28. ASOS continues to offer high-heeled footwear for men (and others). These ankle boots are now on the website, both available up to UK12: The stated heel height on the first is 6"; the second is 4.5". I will leave others to decide whether they are attractive and wearable, especially given the platforms and/or diamante trim.
    3 points
  29. I visit many building sites with my work…not sure I would get away with wearing this outfit! Or get away with this one either…..
    3 points
  30. As most here ,not as often as i would like. couple times a week, 5 to 6 inch. as i get older i find these harder to wear i get cramps in my calfs.
    3 points
  31. Maybe a little more respected here. Jessica Simpson Winsey, 10
    3 points
  32. Got these today on a local buy and sell. They are black patent ASOS brand with a 4 1/2" heel. They are brand new. They have weird sizing however. They are marked 8 on the bottom. But the ad said that was equal to a US 10. I check their website and sure enough 8 and 41 is a US 10. I still wasn't sure if they were going to fit though. So I tried to talk them down on the price. Lucky for me, the last shoes I bought from another company had the same weird sizing, And those fit perfectly! So I was willing to take a chance if the price was right. I ended up paying only $25. As soon as I got home I tried them on and wouldn't you know it, a perfect fit! And they are surprisingly comfortable too.
    3 points
  33. I have had several interactions and observations this past week. === I wore my Freebird Canti sandals for my pedicure last week. I’ve known these women for over a decade. The other women, who was working on someone else, told me she likes the style and ask what brand they were. I told her Freebird and she loves their boots but they are out of her price range. Somehow, she is on a list and gets their ads all the time. We talked for about Freebird boots for a while with the women get her pedicure chiming in as well. Going to wear a different pair for my next pedicure. (see the last story for the picture) === On Friday I was in LA and took my mother to an upscale resort for dinner. Her choice. Most of the women where in heels, about 30% in the 4-inch range and half of those stilettos. I was in my black Freebird Blaze. === On Saturday I went to a 50-year reunion. Lots of heels and many great stilettos. === At my room key didn’t work when I got back to the hotel so I had to go the front desk and get it new key, aka card made. Getting off the elevator a guy commented “awesome heels dude”, “thanks”. As I was leaving the front desk, I hear the other front desk agent (a women) say to the agent that took care of me, “did you see his heels?” I turned around and asked, “do you like them?” “Oh yes, I love them.” These Freebird Blaze were a great hit this weekend.
    3 points
  34. On Thursday, after getting my mani done incidentally I got my clear gel on fingers with my little pinkies , left one royal blue base with white flowers and my right one with a white base and royal blue flowers. I did get compliments when I attended my grand-daughters wedding later that day. What happened after the mani is what I'm addressing in here . There is a new boutique that opened up recently next to my nail salon. When I walked past I caught something on the manikin in the window that I liked. It was a pair of red, white and blue leggings in a camo design. I went in and the owner of the shop, who I found out later, came out from the back to offer her help. I told her that I liked the leggings in the window. I was already wearing capri leggings with heeled sandal slides. She was very cordial to me and was very helpful. I told her my size and she asked me if I wanted to try them on and I said yes. I went to the changing room in back and put them on. I liked my look in the mirror and walked back out . She said that the leggings looked great on me and with my white polo shirt and white sandals were a perfect match. She noticed my mani and my red pedi and asked if I go to the nail salon next door. Of course I said yes. She too goes there for her mani's and pedi's. She asked me what do I think about the leggings. I said I want them, so we proceeded to the check-out. At that point she asked me if she could show me anything else. She said we're having a sale on accessories and showed me some items. She was very helpful. I looked but declined. I asked her about heels, she said what size, I said 11. She said we only carry up to size 9 but can order some styles in a size 10 and 11. I said that was great to know. I can't get over how helpful she was helping me, a guy in a women's boutique, After I paid for my purchase she said stop in again and I replied I certainly will. It was a great day getting my mani and shopping at the new boutique. Happy Heeling, bluejay
    3 points
  35. I get what you're saying, but it is very difficult for many of us to ignore the details, and that's partially because we're already reached the Promised Land, to some degree or another. I do not personally know what it feels like to want to try some kind of style, just because it's in style. I'm trying to imagine a guy buying heels for the first time, saying to himself, "I'd kind of like to try that," having larger than woman-sized feet, and purchasing a pair of these Asos shoes. If they fit ok, he might like them, and purchase another pair at some point in the future. If they don't fit ok, he might well say, "Now I understand why women always bitch about their shoes. I can see that being able to wear high heels out and about is pure fantasy." And then never buy another pair again. I realize that reviews are not the end-all solution to this problem, but they certainly do help in many ways. Some of this micro stuff is going to end up driving the macro world in the end, at least in the long term. If only one of us could be there to guide every potential newcomer to heels down the slippery slope of an inclined footbed!
    3 points
  36. https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/why-men-are-more-confident-about-wearing-high-heels-today-808517/ https://www.luxuo.com/style/inch-up-your-footwear.html
    3 points
  37. Got out to dsw for the first time in awhile and picked up these booties!
    3 points
  38. The farmer's market season is rapidly winding down, but it's still shorts weather for sure. That may change next week, or it may not. You never know here in Iowa. The reason I mention shorts is because although I wore some pretty standout shoes last night, my blue Bruno Magli "Kira" suede wedges, I got no comments about them at all. However, one mid-thirty-ish lady gushed about my shorts. I do think they suit me rather well, being short enough without being super tight, and not so short as to be really shocking, but I guess I can't get all that enthusiastic about shorts. Another bathroom shot. I have no place else as a practical matter.
    3 points
  39. I just went for my monthly massage, my massage therapist is an early 60s age lady with a very outgoing and pleasant demeanor and deeply-held Christian beliefs. I wore a toe ring, just as an experiment to see her reaction. (Context, her beliefs notwithstanding, she is an overt fan of my tattoos.) upon noting my foot bling, she commented, “Oh, a toe ring! I like it!” Then, a short pause, and she added, “I wish we could get to where people could wear what they like without judgement...”
    2 points
  40. Too bad the girls don't have the fashion sense to leave that style of platform shoes to Herman Munster.
    2 points
  41. I like the red ankle strap heels in the opening scene... Nice. The rest, much about nothing, wear what you want, if done classy and tastefully, who cares? Have fun all.... sf
    2 points
  42. Yes, you’d never guess there was a platform there. Like you, I dislike platforms and for the same reasons - too clumpy. I wear exclusively boots myself and the boots one sees with platforms usually take ugliness to an extreme degree! with the chillier weather we’ve been having lately - especially this morning - I am quite happy to be wearing my heavy suede OTK boots to work. One of the joys of being a freelance us that one can declare heels and OTK boots to be an integral part of the office dress code.
    2 points
  43. If you are familiar with the brand, I think you are good to go. It's not a 100% indicator, but in my experience it is highly indicative. This works both ways, both good and bad. Bad experiences I've had are with Michael Kors and Vera Wang. Neither of these brands seems to be very sturdily built. Old Nine West is good, new Nine West is hit and miss. I could go on. Like I said before, the two pair of Sam Edelman I do have, you could probably use as jackstands for your car, but they are chunky-ish clogs. As far as I know, it's a decent brand.
    2 points
  44. Gee, I guess I am not a REAL man of many clogs, I only play one on TV. I have only 10 pairs of clogs , and 3 of those you might not consider to be true clogs, but are merely clog-like. I found a picture of one pair, and the date range on this photo is pretty easy to guess, ha! These are BCBGeneration "Milliard." I have them in brown and black. They are very comfortable, but after a while they stretch out enough to where you've got to use some sort of fitment aid to keep your foot from sliding forward too far. Checking my records, I've worn the black pair enough to have had them reheeled.
    2 points
  45. First sentence you wrote is better said. Guess I should have used the 24 hour rule. Just aggravating when I see this stuff , from my point of view, guys wearing heels will never be mainstream. I agree if they were to show more normal outfits AND heels that someone like wear out of there house to a dinner it would go a lot farther to promote “our cause” rather then seeing someone in an outfit they have in a lot of these articles. Even I would cringe if I were out and about in a typical “CAT” outfit and came across someone in one of these outfits
    2 points
  46. Got a pair of Pleaser Rapture platform boots with skulls detailed into the platform and imprinted on the foot leather, too. Very comfy and easy to walk in.
    2 points
  47. I say that I can't wear high heels to work, but I guess I forgot about my side gig, selling egg rolls at farmer's markets. I didn't used to consider it "work," as I was just helping the wife out a little bit, but now it's become more of a big deal, and I'm an essential part of it. We even bought a cargo van recently specifically for the business. I haven't worn true flats yet this year to a market. My "backup" shoes are 2 inches, and I've only had to wear those once when the sole fell off my higher heels. These BCBGeneration thong type wedges actually work well on grass, too.
    2 points
  48. That's what I was afraid of! 😉 Very beautiful, very expensive, and not available anymore! 😢
    2 points
  49. I wish you all the best in your journey to yourself! I'm in love with your shoes, what brand are they? Thanks
    2 points
  50. My knee boots were extremely handy on an assignment in the jungles of South America for precisely that like of thing. Wouldn’t be without them
    2 points
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