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  1. Well, I did it. First time in heels in public. Guys, SKIES DON’T FALL. Those who have not done it, do it. What a feeling, inclusive, and adrenaline filled. Went to the city centre, to look at new TVs as ours is on the way out. Walked down the main thoroughfare and it was busy for these pandemic times, but it was no where near normal levels pre pandemic. Had a few wobbles, especially on cracks and those disabled bobbles we have here in the UK at traffic lights to let the visually impaired there’s a traffic light here. I took my 4 inch Nine West Cacey 9x9 boots, I decided that why not… Life is too short to play it safe. Dressed with my Levis with the long inseam that covered most of my heels, leaving a inch or so visible. Also wore a black Vans T-shirt and my Mackage bomber jacket. Oh and my face mask, great for anonymity. The sound is amazing, the feeling is great, got a few disparaging looks, but also had a thumbs up. Interesting thing happened, there was a fellow MALE heeler out as well. Gave him a nod of approval, as his were on display. As it wasn’t great weather there was lots of trainers on. The amount of heels on show from the women folk is also increasing to a incredible level, lots of lug sole boots, a pair of JC Litas and some stiletto pumps. There was one bad thing that happened, the balls of my feet were burning. After 45 to 60 minutes in heels I had to change into my trainers (sneakers for non UK folk). I even done the taping of the toes trick, it works. Thing is, I have done it, been out in heels, proper high heels, not 2.5 inch Cuban ones. I guess my next outing will be longer. Now looking for that opportunity. Might look for something with a slightly lower heel. Guys who have not heeled in public, do it, it’s something that you will thank yourself for. Even if it was for an hour or less.
    15 points
  2. My Nine West Cacey 9x9 boots I got about 6 weeks ago. Love the look of there’s boots. Stable and fit well. Nice and warm. I love the slender block heel. Easy to walk in as well, a 4 inch heel is a nice sweet spot.
    10 points
  3. Just received these from Poshmark. They are brand new but sat in a box for a number of years. Still had the tags stuck to the soles. The heels are close to 5". These are the thinnest heels to date. I wore them to church this morning, walking a good distance from the far end of the parking lot on a grade. They are more challenging than the thicker heels but not unmanageable. The picture is from a Poshmark listing for the same boots. I tried to take a picture with my cell phone but couldn't get them all in from arm's length. I have some similar boots by Guess with a thick 5" heel with a mirror like heel on one side. Those are a few inches shorter. I really like the shape of these heels. They are a size 10 and fit perfectly, not too tight.
    10 points
  4. From a comedian to a war-time leader of a nation of 44 million; I have nothing but respect for Mr. Zelensky! This guy's balls must be made out of titanium, especially now that Russia's on their doorstep and he still refuses to flee in order to defend Ukraine's integrity and democracy; other world leaders should look up to him. Слава Украини - Glory to Ukraine!!!
    9 points
  5. I manage to get a second day in a row to myself! Went out sunday to a rather large shoping mall an hour or so away and did some shopping. Sadly everything was very picked though and I didn't end up finding anything. I wore my faux leather pencil skirt and my black aldo boots! It was a fun day wandering around but now I'm on the look for some stiletto boots since I think they would have completed this outfit a little better than these block heels.
    9 points
  6. Hello. My boyfriend just told me that he bought me this pair of cowboy boots. I love how well I have taught him: he finally learned what to do.☺️ I really want to wear them with my bootcut jeans and leather blazer. They have a 10 cm high heel. Size 10 USA W, wide. Waiting for shipment!
    8 points
  7. My Latest acquisitions, over knee boots from River Island. Got them for 25£, originally 70£. 4.5" slim block heel. Super soft.
    8 points
  8. 100 pairs of shoes and boot. Only 1 pair I can’t walk in. Ballet boots from Pleaser. I have a couple pair of Devious 7” no platform that I can walk in. But agreed, some are meant for laying down in
    8 points
  9. Today was a nice sunny day and I had a few errands to run so I wore my aldo booties and had some fun enjoying my shadows. These are a few screenshots from a video I took!
    8 points
  10. Agreed, today I'm wearing my Wetkiss Cassadei blade knockoff 5 inch high ankle boots. I can't seem to kill them, have many miles on them. Much more than my actual Cassadei pumps which jave struggled to keep up. Been to few shops etc, love these and so happy they have been so durable.
    8 points
  11. At work with decent shoes, a little high to be perfect.
    8 points
  12. I actually voluntarily wore boots yesterday! Sorry for the grimace. It was awfully bright outside, what with all that snow.
    8 points
  13. Heelers : I have been married three (3) times , divorced the same number. All of these women knew of my high heel interests from the get-go . My first wife questioned, If it came to a choice, would you get rid of me or your high heels ? ( Who or what do you love the most ?) For me wearing high heels is pleasurable and psychological .I loved my wife but she had NO understanding toward the position I have been in since childhood , I believe the woman I knew thought I could be fixed like trying to fix GAY . This is why I am a member here , Holding a place amoung people of my own making . Mike
    7 points
  14. You look perfectly proportioned with 4.5" single soles, even 4.75". My foot is larger and I rarely if ever wear less than 5". However, 5.24 is really my max everyday shoe height (single soles of course). Here are some of my more experienced heels by Pleaser although I really don't wear Pleaser all that much anymore.
    7 points
  15. I recently bought these Steve Madden "Ronni," or possibly "P-Ronni" pumps. I'm not sure what the significance of the "P" is, but it says it on the liner of the shoe as being the model name. I bought them from Poshmark for 20 bucks plus shipping. I bought them to possibly replace my Steve Madden "Daisie" nude patent pumps, which are disintegrating from the inside out, even though they've only been worn a few times. This phenomenon has been discussed elsewhere on this forum, and I still am undecided about whether to get rid of the Daisies. So far, the only downside to this deterioration is that you have little pieces of PVC material all over your feet when you get done wearing them. Although both pairs of shoes would be termed "nude patent" in color, which is a bit of an ethno-centric description in my estimation, they are not the same color at all. The Daisies are more pinkish in color, the Ronnis less so. The main difference is that the Daisies are very pointy toed, and the Ronnis are almond toe, which I prefer. Also, the Daisies have much thinner heels throughout their length, and come to the floor at 5/16", or 8 mm in thickness, whereas the Ronnis taper down much more gradually to 3/8", or about 9.5 mm. You would think that this would make the Ronnis sturdier, but this does not seem to be the case. When walking downhill, it feels like the heels on the Ronnis are bending slightly rearward with each step in a way that doesn't seem to be the case with the Daisies, despite their significantly thinner heels. Upon close examination, neither shoe seems to have a loose or weak heel, so this may be my perception only. This only happens on downward slopes, so it seems to be a mere irritant. The heel height on the Ronni comes in at 4 5/16", slightly lower than the 4 5/8" Daisies. It may seem a little obsessive to measure the heel height to the 16th of an inch, and I even thought so myself, until I ran the numbers through my calculator to discover that it's right at 11 cm. Coincidence? Maybe. The experience so far has been mostly good, although when I first got them, the Ronnis were so tight that I almost couldn't get them on. I was going to re-Posh them straight away, but having learned from experience that it's a bad idea to make a snap decision about such things, I tried them several days later, and managed to get them on without too much trouble. After an hour of wearing them around the house, they seemed to straighten up and fly right somewhat, so I decided to wear them to church yesterday, which meant I had them on for a total of about 4 hours yesterday, 75% of which was either standing or walking. They're still a little on the tight side, but not to the point where I'm going to get rid of them just yet. My feet were tired, but not unreasonably so. No blisters, no hot spots, nothing like that, so I guess I'll keep them for now. I decided to try wearing a dark outfit with these light colored shoes, which I've never tried before, but I've seen a number of women do this. You can go back to January 15 on this thread to see pictures of the other pointy shoes for reference if you so desire. P.S. I do not know the purpose of those little black loop thingies that sit under the arch of your foot on the insole, but they are definitely there by design, and not as a result of something pulling apart.
    7 points
  16. A friend suggested shorter shorts with heels, as it’s often a bit warm for jeans or pants in south Florida. I do think I was noticed a lot more then when wearing long pants.
    7 points
  17. I found these ankle boots in the local thrift store today. I was there looking for some women's jeans that might fit tighter, found a pair but there is no dressing room so won't know how the fit until I get home. These boots were waiting for me though, I wish they had pointed toes but oh well. I do love the block heels, they fit perfectly (for once), and are super easy to walk in. They look like leather, but I don't think they are. That's OK, can't complain for $20. I will enjoy them in vegas this weekend, hopefully the women's levis will fit properly. Finally figured out how to convert men's waist sizes to women's, so I guess I wear women's size 11-12 jeans. The last picture is of me waiting at the post office to inquire about a lost package, two of the postal workers complimented me, so I will consider this purchase a success.
    6 points
  18. Ain't that the truth! It might also explain why you see so many international flight attendants who are heel popping out of their pumps walking through airports. The shoes probably fit correctly by the time they reach their destination! I think that is what most people do not understand. We actually enjoy walking in heels. Nobody believes us. I will keep the secret, I promise!
    6 points
  19. Same for me. But walking in airports wearing heels is still a great moment!
    6 points
  20. High Heelers: I need some clarification on this (OG) thing . Are you talking about the day or time we signed on to this site, or our age ? I signed up Aug. 30, 2010 . A considerable number of people have dropped out since then. One person ( who had all of his shit in one envelope ) was - Iloveboots. We met several times under the Real Meet program . Some of the woman ( no longer with us )were Gena and Pantera . I miss them all . Of late lsolathor & Helen . SOOOOO, this leaves us with age . This coming July I will be 82 years old . When I depart this site I will be dead - I have left instructions that I an to be cremated in my highest high heels . My motto - Keep your heels and standerds high . Mike
    6 points
  21. Going from 4,5” to 5,5” is a big jump. Reaching our limit each 5mm more can be a challenge. About training the only and not perfect way I found is to go outside,in the dark,to rather busy places ( more secure) with the shoes hidden with boot cut jeans. That’s not perfect but better than lonely places at night or struggling in public in day time. There are what I personally consider as a good “ training “ pair of shoes
    6 points
  22. I tend to wear only 1 style.. just pointed stiletto pumps with no plaform .... but I can walk pretty much all day in this heel height.
    6 points
  23. Needed a pair of boots that were comfortable, warm and practical at work and for driving to work. Found these brand new at a local charity shop (6£). Block heel isnt my usual style (prefer stiletto), but they did appeal to me.
    6 points
  24. Her are my latest. They are Jennifer Lopez brand, and the model is belle. The have a hidden platform, and the heels measure just under 5 inches. And the bes part is I got them in a thrift for 20 bucks!
    6 points
  25. Shyheels..... You are so very correct. It really bothers me when folks make the heels = homosexual connection. I wear heels, love wearing heels and I am NOT gay, as are several other heel wearing guys I know. On the other hand, I know several gay guys who don't wear heels, don't crossdress and probably would not think me in heels is cool. Some people who know me and and have seen me in heels have even asked my wife if I am gay. She thought that question was both funny and ridiculous. She told them "no." Yes, some heel wearers are homosexual, and the drive-by media unfortunately play full speed into that stereotype. Whatever, that mindset will probably always be around, at least for the time being. I don't conform to stereotypes, but that is just me. And I enjoy my wearing heels as a "straight," guy who has a slightly feminine side. Have fun wearing your heels! Smile.... sf
    6 points
  26. 6 points
  27. Merry Christmas, everyone!
    6 points
  28. received yesterday my new boots DSQUARED2, size 40 heel 12.5 cm, super comfortable walking, what a pleasure
    5 points
  29. Since I don't post on mainstream social media, here is my church OOTD. One of my few designer shoes, Miu Miu. I think I bought them just because I like the name.
    5 points
  30. Every once in a while, I drag out this tired subject. Some people find this subject exciting, and some cannot figure out why it keeps being brought up. In the case of the latter, sf, bluejay, and Puffer would be the prime examples of "Why on earth do you care?" In reply to this, like the song says, "I Can't Tell You Why." I can already walk and live in heels way higher than anyone else that I personally know, why would I want to go higher? I could blame it on Instagram, which has the ability to create a fantasy world where many people, both men and women, wear 5 inch heels regularly, everywhere. We consciously know that this is not the case at all, but nevertheless, that aspiration remains, and all of these years later (I am within a month of celebrating 10 years of public heeling), I am stuck at essentially the same place--about 4 1/2", or in the neighborhood of 115 mm. To be sure, there is no way I could walk in >4" shoes in the early years, at least not up to my standards of today. But I worked my way up within a few years, and my favorite heels tend to be in that 4 - 4 1/2 inch range of steepness. I have a very few pairs of shoes that fall outside this range on the high end, and obviously more than just a few that fall outside this range on the low end, for reasons of practicality. Still, I am stuck at this point with 4 1/2 being my high end. You will see a picture of three different styles of heels that meet this standard that I can actually walk in and wear in normal situations. Also pictured is me in a pair of shoes that I cannot yet wear in normal situations, Pleaser heels that measure 5+ inches, or right at 130 mm. They are beyond my capability, ever-so-slightly. Obviously, I can stand in them just fine, I just can't walk in a manner that I find acceptable for public consumption. My question to you folks is, "How do I get there from here?" I have been trying to wear my steepest heels more often, and I can tell right away when things get stretched out and it becomes easy. It usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes after I get home from work, when making the transition from relative flats to 4 1/2" heels, to feel somewhat natural walking in the high shoes. I get the feeling that 90% of it is ankle flexibility. If I could just get that extra few degrees of ankle mobility, I think I could walk in those 5" shoes. What are your thoughts?
    5 points
  31. If I can pull off fishnets and a leather mini leggings are no big deal casual or dressed up !
    5 points
  32. Several days ago, I took part in an interesting discussion about stiletto design, mainly involving @Pufferand me. Unfortunately, it was on the "new shoes" thread, and I thought it would be in bad form to continue it there. I've rarely had success in keeping momentum when transferring something to another thread, but I am going to try anyhow. In the knife world, a stiletto is a small, straight dagger that has an extremely sharp point and two cutting edges. Traditionally, the edges were not even sharpened, and the user relied solely upon the sharp point for the dagger to do its damage. In modern times. . . well, who cares what they do in modern times, what has this got to do with heels? The point is, and I do mean point, that the dagger and the style of shoe heel have certain similarities, but the similarities only go so far. The discussion that Puffer and I were having centered upon the question of "When is a stiletto heel not really a stiletto heel?" We both agreed that mere tininess at the bottom of the heel does not necessarily a stiletto make. It has to have a certain shape to it from top to bottom, and a certain proportion which can be rather difficult to describe. After some consideration, I have determined that the key factor is that to be a true stiletto, the heel tip must be small, and it must have a straight section that extends somewhat more than halfway up the entire length of the heel, starting from the tip. Traditionally, there is a pleasing curvature between the seat (the part where the top of the heel meets the body of the shoe) and the straight section, but I do not believe it is a requirement for stiletto status. To my mind, the transition from large to small diameter could be angular, or it could not exist at all, as in those awful heels that look like 3/8" metal rods stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Let us examine five pairs of shoes that I have pictured here, and I will say why I think they are examples of true stilettos or not. The first example, pictured in the first two images on the left hand side, is what I would call a classic shaped stiletto heel, if a little bit on the tall side for some here. It begins at 10 mm, both front to back and side to side, remains at that dimension for half the length of the heel, then gradually curves to the larger dimension, both from the back and from the side(s), until it matches the dimension of the seat. No question about stiletto status here. The second example, pictured in the first two images in the center, I would call a "setback" stiletto, though the setback is not as severe as some examples we see in modern fashion. It starts at 9 mm, remains at that diameter for more than half the length of the heel. Although it has very little curvature at the back (viewed from the side), it has a marked curvature on the sides (viewed from the back), until it increases to the dimension of the seat. Not perhaps as pleasing as the first example, but still clearly a stiletto. The third example, pictured in the first two images on the right hand side, are the new-to-me pumps I bought recently, and here is where things start to get a little murky. This heel begins at 10 mm measured side to side, but is 12 mm measured front to back. A little bit on the big side for a stiletto, but not in and of itself a disqualifier. The murkiness begins when you examine the curvature of the heel. Moving from the tip up, the tip dimension is only maintained for about a inch, maybe a little bit more. At that point, the dimension of the heel gets larger, and it gradually increases at an ever increasing rate (in other words, not straight sided like a cone) until it finally meets the seat. I could go either way on this one. I don't feel like it's a true stiletto, especially when viewed from the side, because there is not really enough percentage of straight section, although there is some. I could entertain an argument that says this is a stiletto, although my gut tells me that it's close, but no cigar. The fourth example, pictured in the third image by itself, are the Aldo oxfords I bought probably 8 years ago, and were my first truly narrow heels, and also the first heels I ever had that were dressy enough to wear with a suit. Previous heels I had were all chunky-ish heeled clogs or wedge sandals. Although these were benchmark shoes for me in my heeling journey, I'm going to draw the line here, and say that these are NOT a stiletto heel, at least not in the pure sense. First, the tip starts at about 12 mm measured in both directions, which is ever-so-slightly on the big side for stilettos, but let's ignore that for a moment. The shape of the heel is not right for a stiletto. Starting from the tip, there is almost no straight section, especially when viewed from the side. It's not a cone heel, it definitely has a nice curvature to it viewed from the back, but it doesn't really have much of a straight section, so therefore cannot be called a stiletto heel. I still like them though, and have worn them very recently in public. They nearly always get compliments. Lastly, we will examine the fifth example, pictured in the fourth image, and lifted from the internet, the Casadei Blade heel. Though it seems in many ways like it ought to be a stiletto (after all, its name is "blade," is it not?), the curvature of the heel starts way too soon after moving away from the tip, and that to me disqualifies it as a true stiletto. Also, it has that rectangular cross section. I don't know if that alone disqualifies it, but it somehow doesn't seem right. I could definitely imagine that there may some disagreement on this example. And that's my attempt to resurrect a subject I feel needs more discussion. It took rather more pencil than I had at first imagined, but hopefully I have laid out my opinion clearly enough, and now you can add yours!
    5 points
  33. So, was at a friends 50th birthday last night, among a group with a wide variety of interests. I was wearing a pair of 85mm wedge pumps most of the night, and a few friends commented that they have tried heels, but their feet are killing them within an hour. I tried in vein to explain most shoes marketed toward adult activities do not have the subtle details that provide for longer wear comfort. Sadly, I wonder how many people have tried uncomfortable heels in private, and decided to forgo trying heels as a style choice.
    5 points
  34. Picked these up at a charity shop last week, brand new, not a high end brand, but hey , for 1£ , it would have been wrong to pass them by
    5 points
  35. As i work on my own for best part of each morning, so I'm in high heels for about 3 hours each day. Great part is its hard floors so enjoy the clicking sound of the heel too
    5 points
  36. I was in Los Angeles this weekend. This morning I got on an elevator with two middle-aged (or older) women. I notice this one woman was starring at my shoes, so I said, "yes they are heels" as I lift one foot to show her. "Oh, I was admiring the buckles." The other women then exclaimed "you got small feet" at which the first women put her foot against mine to compare. I said size 10 and her shoe was a size 7.... Then the elevator reach the lobby and we went separated directions. I had my black Freebird Blaze...one of my "conservative" heels.
    5 points
  37. They are UK10/EU43/US12. They fit like a glove, they suck your feet in and are snug and secure. Am going to wear them tonight for a gig, fully exposed heel. I feel this will give a confidence lift and more!!! 5 Pics:
    5 points
  38. It is time to bite the bullet and cull some shoes soon. I haven't done a full shoe inventory in over a year, but I did a quick count a few days ago. Evidently, I have 90 pairs of high heels. Or 85, depending upon how you count, because 5 pair are definitely low heels, but they still take up the same amount of room in my life. Last time I went through this process, it wasn't difficult. I got rid of several pair which were unsuitable for public consumption for various reasons. Some were simply worn out to the point of no return, some had never fit me quite right, and some I had just never worn for whatever reason. This time, I need to make some hard choices. First to hit the chopping block are probably my Vera Wang loafer pumps. I have them in 3 different colors. I love them. However, I have to admit that the design of the toe box does not fit my personal foot very well, and they make my toes numb after a time. This is after giving them years of chances to straighten up and fly right. They should probably go. Then there are those Aldo platform oxfords that I bought maybe 2 years ago, and have worn twice. The reason I don't like them is because when I have seen photos of me wearing them, they're ugly. Theoretically, they're cool, but they don't really look all that great on me. Now we're getting down to harder choices--what about those Shoedazzle rainbow mules I got last year? Those things are SO cool! However, after only a few wearings, they have stretched out to the point where I have to have ball of foot inserts AND wear of those thong toe ball of foot pads to make them work. They are still viable, but 99% of the time, I find myself choosing something else because of this "feature." Then I've got the giant Sam Edelman clogs in black and brown. They are so comfortable, comfortable to the point where I've gotten one of the pairs reheeled, but I have not worn them even one time this winter. Why not? It seems I have reached for my BCBG clogs of a similar, but less huge style every time. Or, if I need something way more practical, my Dansko wedge clogs. Speaking of wedges, I could probably stand to get rid of a few of those, as well. I just don't wear them, even though there's nothing wrong with them. Would it kill me if I got rid of the two Michael Kors wedges I own, which I have worn at most a half dozen time between the two of them? I need to be ruthless!
    5 points
  39. Absolutely.. My heeled ankle boots and OTK boots are seen as “effeminate” only because they have heels, not because of any overtly feminine styling or ornamentation. They have clean lines, classical and elegant - unlike the clompy orthopaedic things that are assigned to men
    5 points
  40. So I went out last night to a pub concert in this striking outfit; I had a pair of regular shoes with me but this is what got most peoples attention. Some said my jacket was made of plastic but its PVC One comment that stood out was from a trans person on my heels and said jacket. They told me I was going for an androgynous look, and I just took their compliments very well; it wasn't on my bingo card that's for certain!
    5 points
  41. 5 points
  42. I had to look up Mark Bryan's Instagram for the first time in probably a year to figure out what @KneeBooted's objection was. What I remembered was a guy in button down shirt and tie, pencil skirt, and heels. What could possibly be objectionable about that? Then I had a gander just now, and yeeeaaah, I can see why he might be a little offput, given the tone and style of his own channel. It's the "Photo Shoot." Those things are typically evil in one way or another. But are they? Then you have @p1ng74's point of view that these things are meant to be outlandish for the sake of introducing new ideas and new styles that may be, and quite possibly will be, adopted far more incrementally on the street. My main objection to the photo shoots is than often, they are so photoshopped that the person doesn't look anything like what they do in real life. I'm looking at you, Vietnamese girls. You know who you are. At least Mr. Bryan still looks exactly like the same person in his photo shoots. You are quite correct, @Pierre1961. He definitely has not figured out the TikTok girl walk. There's not a lot of video on that channel, but there's enough. . . Is it good messaging? Is he a good messenger? It doesn't matter. At all. Nobody has ever heard of him. Nobody cares. Your neighbor has never heard of him. Your coworker has never heard of him. Even if they have, he doesn't live down the street from you. He's a guy with an Instagram channel. My point is that YOU, yes YOU, are the best messenger you have to dispel stereotypes and break down walls.
    5 points
  43. Bluejay.... You are only as old as you feel and/or act.... If you are older than me it ain't by much, and I get the feeing that you are pretty young at heart. Wisdom and treachery are the best. Smile... sf Stand-by for my next post...... As best I can remember, I bought the “wrap thong” sandals pictured above (and below) in the early 1970’s when I was around 16 to 18 years old. I was in high school or just beginning college. For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to gals shoes. As I got older and became more mobile, I would go “shoe shopping,” on my bike and then later by car, now that I had a drivers license. I just liked looking at shoes, and wanted a pair of my own. Two other shoe-shopping incidents I remember distinctly. I found a pair of really nice looking all leather Bernardo strappy sandals with a low wedge heel (wish I had a pic to show). They looked really “cute” and I wanted them, but again they were at a full service department store, so I had to interact with the sales folks. I was nervous, but gathered my courage and went inside. I was assisted by a female clerk who could have been my mom. She asked if she could help and I pointed out the shoes, and told her the size – 10 - I believe. She came back holding the sandals and said that the largest size they had was a 91/2, which in those days was not unusual. In addition it seemed, at least to me, that shoes back then ran smaller than they do now. She handed me the sandals and said for me to try them on, and I did. Sadly the shoes did not fit, they were a bit too small. I was disappointed and the sales lady seemed genuinely disappointed too. She made some comment about the sandals looking very nice, but telling me that was the largest size available. She did ask if there were any other shoe styles around that I liked, there were not. I gave her back the sandals and she apologized that a larger size was not available. Even though I was not able to get the shoes I wanted, I really appreciated the time, patience and understanding this nice lady gave me. I am sure she saw that I was nervous, and probably wondered why a young guy like me wanted a pair of womens sandals, but nonetheless I much appreciated her gentle demeanor. The other “shoe purchase incident” was around the same time, early 1970’s at a Payless Shoe store (I miss Payless). Payless was one of the first shoe stores, at least in my area, to go with a “self service” sales model, none or minimal interaction with the sales staff. I found a lovely and unique pair of “wedgie and strappy” thong style sandals in my size 11. I took the shoes off the rack and began trying them on. One of the sales ladies, again she could have been my mom, rushed up to me and almost grabbed the sandals from my hand. With a smile and a kind voice, she said something on the order of, “Honey (I love it when they call me honey) these are ladies shoes, the men’s section is over there.” I was nervous and a bit shocked by her reaction, but could tell that she was honestly just trying to help this poor misdirected kid. I told the lady that I knew they were ladies sandals but I liked the style and wanted to try a pair. She smiled, acknowledged my comment and let me be. She returned a few minutes later and asked if the shoes fit and even said they looked nice on me, and pointed out a few other styles that did not interest me. I put the sandals back in the box, the same lady completed my purchase and she asked with a smile that I come back again. As with the first experience, I appreciated that sales lady and her understanding and compassion. Those Payless wedgie thongs were fun to wear, but unfortunately they wore out early and went bye bye. Enough of my past experiences, but fond memories to share. It was these and other early on life experiences that validated my fondness for women’s shoes. And to make things “worse” in 1995, the “high heel bug” got me bad. Why do I and others here have this attraction? For me, I don’t know, it is just the way I am and will always be. And actually I sort of like it! In conclusion, here is a pic taken today, of the flat “wrap thong” sandals that started this tome. I actually found them hiding in my closet. They may get some use this spring / summer, even though heels have taken priority the past 20+ years! Sometimes flats are fun to wear too. Smile…. sf
    5 points
  44. New snow boots, the Cloak model from Steve Madden. Over half off right now, they fit snug. https://www.stevemadden.com/collections/womens-booties/products/cloak-black
    5 points
  45. Boot season? Yes!!!
    5 points
  46. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all. Hope you all get what you wanted for Christmas. My wish is for everyone to be healthy and to have this COVID stuff be gone. Henri
    5 points
  47. So recently I wore my Pleaser Fearless boots to a meal out with my mum and it was great. Thankfully the restaurant indoors is carpeted so my boots didn't turn many heads but outside, the tarmac road made me sound like a horse when walking in them.
    5 points
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