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  1. I find that the less of a big deal I make of it, the less of a big deal it is.  When I am leaving the house, I tell my wife that I am leaving and ask her if she wants to come.  I make no mention of the shoes I am going to wear, because it's not really the point of leaving the house.  If she decides to come, I make a point to wear something that she doesn't find too offensive.  If she says she will stay home, I wear what I like.  Over time, I think your partner notices these little things, and that you are balancing consideration for her and what you want to do yourself, and it hopefully it will become less of a big deal what shoes you are wearing.  

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  2. 16 hours ago, pebblesf said:

    Was happy to see it was "boot season" in Austin the other day.  I was having a drink when I saw a group of guys walk by.  One tall fellow had an amazing pair of ankle boots, with pointed toes and 4" block heels.  I didn't want to miss the opportunity to compliment him, so I set off behind the group in an effort to catch up.  Fortunately, they stopped to wait in a club line so I was able to catch up.  Did my best not to appear "creepy", but complimented his great boots saying he looked amazing in them.  The fellow nicely replied "thank you very much".  Hoping I didn't make him feel uneasy, do my best not to be "creepy", in spite of my years.  

    Nice!  After the pandemic I am seeing more guys wearing more adventuresome footwear.  I was at the Apple Store in Austin one day and one of the employees was wearing leather ankle boots with pointed toes, and what looked to be almost 3" block heels.  Apple Store employees pretty much have a uniform, so footwear is where the self-expression is at!  

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  3. On 3/24/2022 at 11:09 AM, spikesmike said:

    However, NOT my liking, the horse can't wear high heels. 

    Horses naturally have high heels, and don't even need the shoe to lift them.  If anyone can walk in these, then they are closer to a horse's foot anatomy:


  4. 5 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

    30+ years ago, I had a roommate for a short while who worked as an exotic dancer. She often wore shoes that I thought were insanely high and insanely hot. As it turns out, when I put a tape measure to them, they were only 3 5/8", or 9 cm. That's barely a high heel today. They make tango dance shoes that are higher than that!

    3 5/8" is barely a high heel today?  I think most people would consider that quite high, even if it's barely high for us :)  

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  5. On 3/22/2022 at 5:07 AM, mlroseplant said:

    What I really want to talk about today, however, is the fact that I've had a long string of that bad luck lately when it comes to shoe purchases. In fact, I should probably get all of my bad luck shoes together in one place and take a picture of before deep-sixing them. I mean, the only pair of shoes I've bought recently that are not self destructing in some way while simultaneously actually fitting my feet are the pair of sparkly silver sandals, which I have no idea under what circumstances I would ever wear them. That is all.

    The supply chain disruptions over the last 2 years may have affected quality.  I have been working as a consultant for a footwear company the last 2 years, and they have had to switch a lot of their suppliers.  The product might look the same to the consumer, but some of these shoes are now being made by totally different factories and suppliers that they may have never used in the past.  I imagine this could affect quality.  

  6. 1 hour ago, Heelster said:

    20 years ago, you could find mens boots like the pair on the right - - - haven't seen any in years. If I could find a pair like that in a mens 8D, I'd buy them in a heartbeat. Lately, I'm buying womens boots similar to those and wearing them out. I get no comments, stare, or even a casual notice.

    I just get them custom made.  True, I haven't seen any other men wear boots like these in person either:  


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  7. On 3/6/2022 at 6:03 AM, mlroseplant said:

    I do enjoy reading things that put us male heelers in a positive light. I generally don't care what people think of me, but I guess I've never considered myself a cross-dresser. It's just something that has never "crossed" my mind.

    Yeah you have gotten used to ignoring the opinions of the broader masses.  If you are a man that shops for clothes in a woman’s department, the general consensus is that you are cross dressing.  I don’t agree, but I have to acknowledge that most people feel this way.  I also don’t think it is fair, because women can shop the whole store without any such stigma, but it will take time for this kind of thought to change, if it ever does.  Now, if they start stocking men’s departments with heels, so that we are not forced to look for our shoes in unconventional places, that would also be progress. 

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  8. On 2/21/2022 at 5:21 AM, mlroseplant said:

    I have heard you say the same thing over and over again about not wanting to wear heels TOO tall, because you are already tall, but I am confused. You no doubt realize that once you get beyond 3 inches or so, you don't gain very much in standing height because of the increased angle of your feet. And let's be honest, what is the real difference between standing 6' 4" and 6' 5"? 

    I don't know about 6'4" but I am 6 feet tall without heels, and I agree that there are noticeable differences in the look and feeling of the height of wearing 4" heels versus 3".  With 3" heels I'm standing at about 6'2" and the extra height really doesn't change the way I interact with the world around me.  For some reason, once I get into 4" heels, low hanging exit signs and doorways start to feel too close for comfort and I find myself ducking under them.  Also, I have noticed a huge increase in the number of people that comment "you are really tall" when meeting me in 4" heels, versus anything lower, even 3.5".  There must be something about both the height and proportions of being in 4" heels that emphasizes the height.  

    In a related experience, I went to the doctor's office the other day wearing my boots with 4" heels.  It has been years since I have had my height measured, long before I started wearing heels, so when the assistant asked me to step on the scale I asked if I needed to take my shoes off.  She said no, we always measure fully clothed.  So I stepped onto it, wondering what kind of reading they were going to get with my heels on.  The scale read 6'3", and she looked at the heels, and said, "3 inches for the boots" and wrote 6'0", which is my true height.  Now that is one person who notices heels, as it is an important part of her job!  

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  9. 1 hour ago, Jkrenzer said:

    I need to drive up to Syracuse and sell the suburban. It's old but corrosion free and has the excellent Northstar engine in it. Could get 4 or 5 g in NY easy, just not in NC.

    In the 96 Suburban you probably mean the Vortec engine, which is also a favorite of mine.  The Cadillac Northstar is not well as loved, and fortunately stayed in Cadillac cars where they belong.  Old Body Style Chevies are skyrocketing in value right now.  The same truck worth 4-5k two years ago is now selling for over 10k, and they keep going up!  


  10. 2 hours ago, Puffer said:

    I would not call these block heels (or even 'narrow' block heels) as they are both too slim and too tapered .   To my mind, a block heel has to have a depth (front - back) that is 2" or more and a width that is not much less than the whole width of the shoe, so likely to be 2.5" or more, and with no significant taper in its sides, back or front.   (Height is irrelevant - a 'flat' man's business shoe with a heel of around 1" or less is still a 'block' heel.)   Here is one example, at the slimmer end of the scale:


    I would suggest that melrose's shoes have Spanish or Chunky heels, if those names are accepted as legitimate. 

    Or perhaps “cone heel”

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