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  1. Even at the hottest parts of the year in Oregon's central valley when the temp get's close to 100, the evenings rapidly cool off, usually into the 60s if not the 50s Fahrenheit. So theoretically wearing boots works fashion wise for any evening. Personally once the daytime highs reach the 75-80 mark, i ditch the boots most of the time. My summer wear is mainly sandals, wedge sandals, block heel shoes, flats or converses. (with actual athletic shoes reserved for athletics)
  2. Nice jeans! I have a few boot cut pairs but must confess that mainly i wear skinny or boyfriend jeans.
  3. All the time. I have many different types of the same shoe as an example.
  4. The term "well healed" was meant to distinguish those that were wealthy enough to own more frivolous footwear, that would never have survived slogging through the mud to feed the pigs etc. Having said that there were still some fairly flamboyant men's wear even into the 20th century. Top hats, coats with tails, white tie wear, walking sticks. The colors were fairly subdued for the most part but not always. It was very fashionable to wear a white straw "boater" hat well into the century and that often had a nicely colored band. Summer wear for men could include things like white jackets The working class and the poor class have always had challenges in dressing to fashion until clothes became more mass produced and cheaper. Today clothes as a percentage of expenditures is lower than ever, when things like food and housing has continued to climb.
  5. Yes i love my Maxx out Wedges too.
  6. Retail is a tough game. I've noticed DSW and Famous Footwear stores seem to be pretty busy lately.
  7. I'm a trans woman but i have been doing my toes in polish way back, including when i was pretending to be a guy. I get pedicures about every 4-5 weeks. This week i am rocking this sort of pink/coral color.
  8. Very into wedges - we had some nice weather here yesterday so i wore some pretty but lower wedges with my outfit. Rocking a new pedicure too. That felt nice.
  9. Sandal, slides, mules and converse season is coming
  10. What you wear is an extension and presentation of yourself. I have a friend that likes to wear pokemon stocking caps complete with ears etc. Do people look at him because of it? yep...he doesn't care and probably likes it a bit at times. Nothing tells us we have to fit in any norm of gender presentation, you can dress slightly feminine, slightly masculine or change it up every day. Nobody will stop you and it is your right.
  11. Tell her matter of factly. Don't make it a big "coming out" thing or she may think you keeping it from her is some hidden dark area of your life which it is not. Perhaps a simple acknowledgement that you were afraid to tell her for silly reasons would also put her at ease. Part of being in a relationship with people is we get to continue to learn about one another the entire time we are together. Its like Christmas morning but ongoing and more often.
  12. This is a neat thread to see everyone's motivations and how things started. The human mind is a splendid thing. When i first started to try on and then buy women's shoes it was to feel more feminine and from that feeling comes a "centered" feeling that i later learned was me dealing in the right way with gender dysphoria. It never excited me in any sort of intimate or fetish way. Learning to walk in higher heels to me seemed elegant and it forced me to adopt a more girlish walk as well. Lots of men have attraction to feet, so it would make sense that footwear fits into that also. I never saw feet as anything more than another lovely part of the wondrous human body, worthy of massage or a kiss or two (men and women included) but nothing more than that. To some people footwear, stockings and just clothes in general seem to stimulate a sort of primal area of the brain that generates pretty intense feelings. Totally interesting.
  13. I think it is fine to make a suggestion such as that based on the nature of the interaction. You are not telling her how to parent simply making a suggestion about clothing and maybe gender expression, which for his generation is going to be much more fluid than the previous one. Sometimes those types of conversations are just a way to find commonality and make small talk, something us humans need for socialization. Some years ago i was buying underwear at a store like Aerie and it was pretty quiet there. One of the women sales assistants at checkout said to me " my son likes to run around in my bras, so i am expecting that he will start doing the same with panties any time now " i replied well he is a risk taker and pretty independent it sounds like to which she replied " yeah that one is our child that marches to the tune of his own band" and "that is pretty cool, i like that he wants this stuff" Simple interaction with positive commonality. Bye the way i saw a young trans or gender fluid person the other day and i said to him/her " love those boots" and he/she smiled from ear to ear. Make peoples days it is so worth it.
  14. Back in the day when i dressed more androgynous, people looked quizzically at my shoes/boots all the time. In the summer in sandals they looked at the color on my toes too. Was this a guy? yes? why is he wearing women's shoes? are those women's shoes? Is he one of those people? (queue whatever prejudice they could mentally come up with quickly). Rarely did anyone ever say anything. The only negative responses were a mean looks. Usually i just smiled at them. Positive responses included things like "nice boots" etc. One time in mid summer i was traveling from the Salt Lake City airport home and going through security i was wearing women's jeans, women's sandals and a man's t-shirt. The sandals had to go on the belt and while i am in the queue for the scanner, the lady next to me nudged her friend and pointed at my very light blue painted toes. I caught her doing that and smiled to which she replied " that is really awesome" i said thanks and she asked, " is that a canary blue color? " i was like...yes i think so and i think i told her Revlon 904 or something like that and we chatted a bit more. Once people get use to seeing people dress a bit non-mainstream they are actually pretty nice about it.
  15. I get that the "battle of the sexes" thing makes for interesting banter but i dunno about you but i tend not to generalize about an entire gender of people because people are so very different and diverse. Male privilege exists in various degrees and and situations and in many instances guys don't even know they are experiencing it. I think one of those areas is in overgeneralization about women, not all men do this of course, heck many men are feminists in their own right, but many do. Maybe there should be no talk of " women's lib or emancipation" except in history studies and in the work that is yet to be done, because it is so abhorrent that we ever needed such things. We should talk about in the same vein with slavery. Complete equality should exist and it should have always existed. As for Gay/bisexual/transgender etc rights - entirely different set of abhorrent history, but no less a moral issue. So yeah you can be individually critical about some women or some gay people and their behavior, we all are but to ask for the right to be critical of the movements in general is sort of like saying " you know slavery wasn't all bad, can't we discuss this? " No we really can't. As for women in the guy's forum well that is up to the mods. I sort of wish for instance that i could have chosen F for my gender - the question was about your gender (or sex maybe i don't recall in detail) at birth, and now we are getting into hair splitting. But, that is the right of those that run the forum. Their governance is what we all abide by.