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  1. Very complicated answer boiled down to the basics: I like the the look, I like the incredible variety (all the way down to the fact that the exact same shoe in a different heel height, is a completely different shoe), what it does for the legs, and the way the shoes feels, even if that feeling has little to do with true comfort.
  2. This Friday I found myself with the rare opportunity to wear my Highest Heel Hottie 6 inch stilettos, if only around the house all day. I wanted to know how long I could continuously wear them in the case I found myself with the opportunity to do so publically (although I am admittedly a long ways from that day), before I made a wobbling fool of myself, So, I wore them the better part of a 5 hour day. I had plenty to do around the house, and spent most of it walking and standing while doing the odd chore. Good news. Not a wobble. But the following day my calves, and particularly my quads, were as sore as I've felt them. My quads felt not like I had been wearing heels that day, but that someone had been kicking them over that 5 hour period. I was crazy sore. Still am the following Monday. To my great surprise, however, my feet were just fine. And - keep in mind, I run every day for an hour or so, so my legs are not out of shape. So, heels, particularly at that height, require a set of muscles that I am clearing not using. Felt like a work out to me.
  3. I would have to agree that a "fashion reversal" is unlikely. What muddies this discussion a great deal, apparent even in this thread, is what one is even defining as heels. Can platform shoes, 70s style male heels, or gender neutral shoes with heels come into fashion for men? Maybe. Why not? But the true heel, the stiletto, particularly with skirt and heels, will remain outside the norm. The argument presented for fashion change usually revolves around earrings, trousers or necklaces. But I find these to be false comparisons, for several reasons, but one in particular. The same reason that, because of the nature of this site, is one that we often gloss over. It is the same reason that such a - admit it - radically impractical shoe can be worn so universally: Sexual attractiveness. Heels often trascend mere footwear and are strong symbols of sexuality and all that entails. Most men are visually driven. Ask any woman on these boards, or read through the threads on the subject, to see if they find more eyes upon them when in heels. They do. When a man co-opts this powerful symbol, it makes many uncomfortable. Again, men are visual creatures. They take their sexual cues from the visual environment. Men in heels creates a cognitive dissonance that many find unpleasant. And in the case of women's reaction to men in heels, there's a thread or two about that already.
  4. Never been in a Payless. Purchased some of their shoes via Ebay, generally. But I keep reading how nice the employees treat men in the women's section. And not just here. I suspect not long after they started carrying size 12 and 13 on the floor they added a paragraph to their employee manual ... "What To Do When Men Buy Women's Shoes". I half kid. But only half.
  5. Winde Reinstra. From the Netherlands. Makes cardboard shoes. I'm sure there's a joke about the Netherlands and wooden shoes, if I just look hard enough. Based on the foot positioning, they look fairly high. At that height, there must be more to the design balance and structural sturdiness than meets the eye.
  6. Here's what I find amusing about this gay discussion: gay dudes aren't wearing heels with or without skirts in public in any larger numbers than straights. In my mind it would be better in some ways if it were a gay thing, because then it would actually be a "thing". That would mean people in numbers were actually doing it -as opposed to what it is right now, a one off here and there. The style would have a better, even if small, chance of filtering into the mainstream. And if gays co-opted heels/skirts as a style, do not discount how important that one degree of gender removal would be. It would be far easier explaining why one dresses in ways that seem traditionally gay, in spite of not being gay, than explaining why one dresses in ways that are seen as belonging in the realm of women. Since there is nothing wrong with gay, I could not care less if some one were to mistake me for gay, if it prevented undue attention being drawn to me.
  7. Encourage? Never. In fact, I would hope that particular genetic/environmental trait passes my son by, and I would be perfectly comfortable in my hypocrisy. Because as much fun as heels are, and they are great fun, they complicate life and relationships for many (most?). And as a parent, I simply want the best, most uncomplicated life for my children.
  8. I really get a kick out of the underlying premise here: there is some sort of masculine line, and it is drawn somewhere between a man wearing women's high heels and a man wearing other types of women's clothing. This brings up all manner of questions: are cotton panties more masculine than silk? Are jean skirts more masculine than than spandex? Are pantyhose more masculine than stockings? I wear a skirt and hose, but always feel like a man. Largely, because I am a man. The enjoyment for me is both visual and tactile. I enjoy the way my legs look. I enjoy the way they feel. Although exploration of one's feminine side is a legitimate pursuit, it is not one I engage in.
  9. Solid review. But the irrelevant information added - marital status, male mode of dress while in heels - on top of your initial declaration of gender, was so distracting and out of the blue, that I can see where people would end up commenting on that bit instead of the review as a whole. In the context of a product review, they found that information unhelpful. Your being male could be deemed relevant to the product review. Your desire to inform the world that there are men who dress like men and wear heels, was deemed less so. At the end of the day: never matters what internet strangers think (and yes, I see the irony, and am amused by it).
  10. It is an interesting change, but not a radical one. I also find it fascinating that subtle change in styles can date clothes. Men's styles in particular, move toward change at a glacial, nearly imperceptible rate. Takes ties (which have been my uniform for oh so many years) for example. Ties gradually grow wider or thinner over the years - we're talking centimeters - and pattern types come in and out of style. But a glance cut of suits and ties from 2012 look different than even 2008. Change in women's fashion moves at a much faster pace. If this catches on (emphasis on "if"), I will not be at all surprised to see curved heels be the "it" thing within a year and a half with the fashion trend setters, with another 3 years to trickle down to the rest.
  11. JeffB makes a good point. One I think is important. Please note below I use "subsection". I am not pointing to the thought process of any particular individual. Reading between the lines of the posts I've read, there is a subsection that wants heels for men to go mainstream so they can point to others wearing them and, accordingly, wear their own. Join the crowd, so to speak. There is another subsection which wants heels to go mainstream to show others that their wearing of heels is not that unusual. Acceptance through numbers. ... and everything in between. I understand the reasons men do not wear heels in public. Those reasons are concrete and very real. But ... for those who are thinking about entering the fray, waiting for a mythical mainstreaming of heels should probably not enter the equation. You will be acting as an individual, not part of a larger, and at this point invisible, group.
  12. I will try - and I like - all styles of shoes, but I always end up going back to the stiletto; be it pumps, sandals or something in between. In part because other styles, particularly wedges are rarely 5 inches or above in my size. I find the higher heights do more to flatter. I like 5 1/4 to 6 inch shoes. What is odd is, I have pairs I move around in, any direction, any way, any speed, with no problems and without a single thought put into it. There are others, which would seem to be very similar in height and make, but every step I take must be paid attention to. Walking in Stilettos Health Rule Number 1: Slick bathroom floors are death traps. Beware.
  13. Couldn't really say if men generally would have better looking legs in heels and skirts than women. The sample size I've seen of men in that attire, in real life, is comparatively small: a few hundred men, many tens of thousands of women. What I can say with certainty from the hundreds of TGs I've seen around in my lifetime, that is the men and women's legs would fall under the category of "indistinguishable" by gender when seen in skirt and heels, with the noted exception of some TGs having a muscle tone that hints at more power and strength. I wear skirts and have done so in public on the rare occasion (checked into a large hotel in male on top/skirt heels hose bottom once. The desk clerks who are well trained not to blink or stare, did not. The other guests on the other hand ....) In any case. the well formed female leg remains the gold standard for what looks good in skirts. When I judge how I look in this attire, it is that standard that I compare myself against.
  14. I'm a skirt guy. I always wear hose because they cover the slight imperfections in my legs from a life time being kicked, slide tackling, etc. while playing soccer. Hose also allow me to do things color or texture wise - like shimmering hose, that I find more interesting than the bare legged look. I wear them with pumps, sandals or open toed shoes.
  15. Own a pair. Haven't had the opportunity to do anything but just try them on.
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