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The night was not over yet - I stopped by Walmart and walked around to get a few things, and by the time I got home I had done 19.5 hours in the 4.25” heels, and still felt great.  I feel successful, and it was a pleasant 3+ days of wearing only high heels.  

3 hours ago, Shyheels said:

Boots take a bit of breaking in. The first couple of times I wore my knee boots and went on long walks I had blisters on my heels, they were so stiff, but now they fit and war beautifully.  Mine don't have heels though which I suspect would complicate matters. 

It depends on the boots.  I have found that with higher quality materials and good fits no break in is needed, and they can be worn all day on the first go.  

2 hours ago, HappyinHeels said:

p1ng74,

Very nice boot heels indeed! As to hurrying through airports my time working in Immigration + Customs at Chicago's O'Hare Airport schooled me on various airport procedures as well as FAA rules. One such rule is that no flight can depart before the scheduled time if all passengers are not accounted for. So, when you check in at the counter or at the kiosk, and are issued a boarding pass, that flight will not depart before the original scheduled time according to the FAA rule. I find arriving at the airport a good 90 minutes before scheduled departure has worked flawlessly for me regardless of signs or other information saying you should get there two or three hours ahead of time. One thing which simplifies things I only take carry-on. I fold things the way they taught me in the Navy and pay attention to dimensions so I don't get screwed for bag fees. I pack notoriously light so I have room for purchases. I also pack food for any flight under 3 hours. HappyinHeels

For years I flew to work every week, so I am comfortable with tighter arrivals than that.  Some of my colleagues have it down to an art, where they literally walk right up to the gate as they start to board.  That is too close for me.  They might not be allowed to leave early, but I did have an airline give up the seat I had been issued a board pass for to a standby passenger 15 minutes before scheduled departure, because everyone else had already boarded.  

 

2 hours ago, Shyheels said:

Good advice. I find the same thing as regards getting there early. I nearly always have a heavy camera pack which complicates things. Once I checked in with somebody - another photographer - who had an identical pack to mine but which was much lighter. The woman at the check-in counter insisted we weigh our carry-ons - she suspected, rightly, that they were too heavy. I knew mine was, but the other guy's wasn't so we distracted her and she weighed his pack twice. It was sweetly done. 

Speaking of bag weights, I discovered that lifting things like my 30 pound suitcase while wearing heels is a bit of an experience.  I didn’t get the full effect until I got all the way to my destination and had to lift bags onto the bus and then into the trunk of the car.  It all went well, but requires a little more concentration!  

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My knee boots are extremely good quality, custom made and from very high grade leather - but they are also made of quite heavy leather; they are designed to be quite rugged as well as stylish, and are based on vintage styles from the Teens and Twenties. They were a bit stiff to start with and my initial walks in them were lengthy -  six or seven miles each time while doing some photography in the countryside and carrying a heavy pack. So it was kind of a tough break-in. Now they are wonderfully supple.

Yes, picking up a heavy bag in heels would be tricky as you are sort of cantilevering yourself - you want to be careful with your back!  

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6 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

Speaking of bag weights, I discovered that lifting things like my 30 pound suitcase while wearing heels is a bit of an experience.

Learning to lift in heels:  just another lesson in the art of full-time heeling.  Soon you're be carrying cases of paper in stilettos.

More lessons to come!!!

Like walking on a wet slick floor in thin heels that slide and/or wet leaves.

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Just Arrived Shall I open it? 

Sawtooth leather hiker boots.

 

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Took the opportunity to wear the high heels on a bit of a different outing today running errands.  I’m waiting to get some tires mounted and the shop is full of older retired people as typical of the demographics of this area away from the city.  I initially went to hide in the corner but realized that would be defeating the purpose, so now I am sitting right next to the front entrance :)  59892E32-8400-4172-9553-063182CF6A58.thumb.jpeg.2e89c3f9db56d94b1ad7bdc74576e973.jpeg

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You might get some looks but no one is going to say anything.  Most people are to “civilized” to point out something unorthodox like heels on a man .

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There is really nothing extraordinary about the look you’re presenting - I mean that in a good way. It looks quite natural and understated and I would be surprised if many people noticed. They might see but not observe, their eyes sliding easily over something that looks quite unexceptional unless one stops to think - and people rarely do that.

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That’s a very natural look to me mate and as long as you act natural then you’ll draw no attention at all, you look great by the way 

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I spent all day at a Christmas fete yesterday at one of the English heritage properties. I was wearing my knee boots and blended in unnoticeably with the crowd. I did see one other guy there in knee boots - a young guy with tall black lace-ups, black skinny jeans and a vaguely boho style.  It was a damp and chilly day. I was quite glad for the warm ankles and calves provided by my tall boots.  

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On 11/30/2018 at 4:32 PM, Bubba136 said:

You might get some looks but no one is going to say anything.  Most people are to “civilized” to point out something unorthodox like heels on a man .

You are right no one said anything.  I wonder if more people noticed, because unlike many places where young people are constantly staring at the phone, this waiting area was full of older people who were literally just waiting and people watching.  Plus, nothing really exciting happens out in this part of the country.  The click of the heels and then the observation of where it was coming from may have been the wildest thing they had seen all day.  

 

On 12/2/2018 at 12:42 AM, Shyheels said:

There is really nothing extraordinary about the look you’re presenting - I mean that in a good way. It looks quite natural and understated and I would be surprised if many people noticed. They might see but not observe, their eyes sliding easily over something that looks quite unexceptional unless one stops to think - and people rarely do that.

And if they did stop to think, I hope I made some contribution to normalizing the look, and that they realize that I’m not trying to mock or offend anyone, but that I am just enjoying something a little different.  

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p1ng74,

I hope I have this one correct. Do you work for the airlines or just travel a lot? The reason I ask is that you mentioned before about certain colleagues walking right up to the gate as they boarded. This would be nearly impossible unless you're part of the crew and have your airport ID assuming you're flying from your home base. When I worked at O'Hare Airport I had such an ID, a blue law enforcement one, so we could go around security or just drive over the tarmac to the plane but we were working not flying. I don't know the rules are for people "deadheading". I know there are several members who do work for the airlines so they may clarify this if I'm misunderstanding you. HinH

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1 minute ago, HappyinHeels said:

p1ng74,

I hope I have this one correct. Do you work for the airlines or just travel a lot? The reason I ask is that you mentioned before about certain colleagues walking right up to the gate as they boarded. This would be nearly impossible unless you're part of the crew and have your airport ID assuming you're flying from your home base. When I worked at O'Hare Airport I had such an ID, a blue law enforcement one, so we could go around security or just drive over the tarmac to the plane but we were working not flying. I don't know the rules are for people "deadheading". I know there are several members who do work for the airlines so they may clarify this if I'm misunderstanding you. HinH

I have a job that is 100% travel on paper, but I don’t fly much anymore.  I don’t have that kind of VIP status, but there are exclusive programs (even above United Global Services) where people get driven in cars up to the plane, skipping the terminal.  Though in the case of my colleague, I was referring to his stingy planning for travel time, and he would leave for the airport with exactly enough time to get through security and the terminal, such that when he got to the gate people were already boarding.  With his Delta Diamond status and 1st class upgrade, he’s the guy that gets to cut in the line while everyone is boarding as the rest of his cabin has already settled.  To him, saving time is more valuable that boarding first.  

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OKay I understood your status. I do not know of anyone though, other than working law enforcement  or certain high-ranking government officials who are driven to the plane. Most such people go through restricted doors (escorted by law enforcement at some level)  in the terminal but the public is not aware of it. That's the experience I had while working at O'Hare. HinH

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You can still get that service with airfrance in cdg airport if you travel 1st class. And in Frankfurt,same,with Lufthansa 1st class. 

 But don't expect anything even  if you are platinum or diamond and travel business. 

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Yeah, I don't think my airline, AA, offers anything like that....Although I have seen premium passengers being picked up in a car at the gate when they have tight connections between flights.   AA does offer to drive celebrities and such to the gate with an electric cart to avoid being mobbed by admirers, but I'm pretty sure they have to pay for that service.... 

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I’ve been on a couple of flights where economy passengers received that service, being chauffeured  away from the flight upon landing, first off the plane and whisked away in an official car. It even had a blue light flashing on top. None of the other passengers seemed terribly envious, though.

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Denim with boots... is this too girly?

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Often you see most women wearing leggings or tight denim skinny jeans with those great knee high boots your posing p1ng74. Skirt and belt look great but with pantyhose and stilettos courts may make the outfit look better and traditional. Over the knee boots skirt hides the knees which oddly isn't effective style. Either your showing off those asume boots or showing your legs in hose or leggings with the skirt. A shorter skirt may work better if your comfortable with it maybe suede or leather compliments the boots.

 

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2 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

Denim with boots... is this too girly?

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I'm a big fan of denim with boots. I really like the combination (whether in denim pants or skirts)

@MackyHeels heels might be right though. Buy I think it's more of a question of cut/style than length. Eg, a  more straight style might look better than an a line.

Good on you for pushing your limits! Did you go out like this in the end?

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18 minutes ago, jeremy1986 said:

I'm a big fan of denim with boots. I really like the combination (whether in denim pants or skirts)

@MackyHeels heels might be right though. Buy I think it's more of a question of cut/style than length. Eg, a  more straight style might look better than an a line.

Good on you for pushing your limits! Did you go out like this in the end?

I untucked the shirt and went down to the bar to order a drink.  Untucking squared things out and took some edge off of the sharper a line shape of this skirt.  I felt bad looking so sloppy, but it was a quick walk around the hotel late at night so I didn’t have time to think about it anymore and just went for comfort.  

I am contemplating wearing this out to dinner with colleagues tomorrow night.  Might give them something to think about in the subsequent weeks that I am on vacation lol.  

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This is a typical look for many 40+ Asian women around here. A skirt that wasn't so full might be better.

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2 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

I untucked the shirt and went down to the bar to order a drink.  Untucking squared things out and took some edge off of the sharper a line shape of this skirt.  I felt bad looking so sloppy, but it was a quick walk around the hotel late at night so I didn’t have time to think about it anymore and just went for comfort.  

I am contemplating wearing this out to dinner with colleagues tomorrow night.  Might give them something to think about in the subsequent weeks that I am on vacation lol.  

Good for you!  And to think I just wore my Ralph Lauren boots under levis down to the hotel bar last night....One thing is for sure, you have a great figure....

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LOL thanks for the honest feedback.  I’ll hold back wearing these out to dinner and just keep them for comfortable walking around the hotel.  I wore this down to breakfast and early this morning and probably woke some people up...

 

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Great that you wear it out in public. Those heads turned observing you must of felt great. Often people just find others as background noise not paying close attention. Probably they at first glance thought your well dressed smart woman. Until they stare longer notice your bold man not afraid to wear what you want. Has your co-workers discussed your outfits. Or have you sensed vibe from them positive, neutral or negative, 

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7 hours ago, MackyHeels said:

Great that you wear it out in public. Those heads turned observing you must of felt great. Often people just find others as background noise not paying close attention. Probably they at first glance thought your well dressed smart woman. Until they stare longer notice your bold man not afraid to wear what you want. Has your co-workers discussed your outfits. Or have you sensed vibe from them positive, neutral or negative, 

A lot of women wear completely masculine outfits and no one thinks of them as men at first glance.  I think the same applies to men wearing heels, within reason.  Everyone still addresses me as “sir” in this outfit, as I am not trying to be a woman, but like you said just being adventurous in what I wear.  

I have always gotten positive reactions at work about my western boots.  Interestingly, since I started wearing high heels, nobody has noticed or reacted.  It is almost as if heels on a guy are less conspicuous than masculine boots...

This morning I put the blazer on over it and went to the grocery store like this.  It was fun...

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4 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

A lot of women wear completely masculine outfits and no one thinks of them as men at first glance.  I think the same applies to men wearing heels, within reason.  Everyone still addresses me as “sir” in this outfit, as I am not trying to be a woman, but like you said just being adventurous in what I wear.  

I have always gotten positive reactions at work about my western boots.  Interestingly, since I started wearing high heels, nobody has noticed or reacted.  It is almost as if heels on a guy are less conspicuous than masculine boots...

Your exactly correct about your statement i highlighted above.  When woman dress masculine it's often wearing drab clothing and blending into the background with others so none stares or takes a second glance. In my observation to use my peripheral vision of the surrounding not looking at anyone in particular. Causes me to make judgements upon other gender. For example if one is average build not to to tall or overweight often just silhouette of them gives me a clue of their gender.  Often is the case woman are wearing tight leggings, pantyhose or long jackets, skinny pants. This gives me clue in the corner of my eye to assess there gender quickly understanding few woman over here over their is group of males etc.. without actually looking closely. 

When someone gets on commuter train and i'm sitting, but only see there backside bundled up in overcoat with a hood on there head. First thing i want to access is their gender, looking upon their clothes giving me a clue without seeing their face. Often i see woman wearing skinny jeans and cues me it can't be a man which is majority of the time i'm correct. When woman decides to wear loose pants it is impossible to discern until i see there face or coloured styled  hair which gives me better clue. 

That is why i believe when i'm wearing feminine clothes leggings, ultra skinny jeans heels many may not notice at first. Until they look at my upper half, face, shoulders and overreact assuming  initially they thought i was woman then at closer inspection or intrigue that i'm a man wearing women's fashions. This phenomenon often occurs when shopping people not looking at one another until lining up at the cashier. How many times i've noticed shopping in the clothing female fashion  side of a retail store none is taking any time to observe me. Thinking to myself these woman i'm surrounded around aren't paying attention then they suddenly are shocked  dear in the headlights syndrome when scanning what i'm wearing. While some people probably knew vaguely that i was around them shopping believing it made sense browsing the female clothing most likely being a woman and wearing tight sexy outfit. Some reactions of female faces as they peripheral vision intrigues them to scan me up and down more closely either liking my outfit or initially making error in judgement of my gender.

There was IG video showing a male walking along with his girlfriend in a store aisle seeing someone bending over wearing black leggings and long hair covering their face. Once the person stood up the male was startled noticing it was  a man rather what he believed or hoped  to be a attractive female. 

Like yourself i to get addressed as SIR in louder then normal tone only because they are looking me in the eye rather making assumptions what i'm wearing. If i'm wearing male outfit then some strangers might address me as boss, for whatever reason. Again it's on how are demeanour is observed from others is he mad, angry, sad, happy etc..then make judgements to approach us or stay clear.

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9 hours ago, p1ng74 said:

 

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Great look.  And the heels on these boots are fantastic!!

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p1ng74,

I think your looks are quite nice indeed. I believe you have a few things going for you which may explain why nobody, to your knowledge, has really said anything about your heels or your outfits. You appear to be Asian and most Asians do not have a lot of body hair. You appear to be fairly short which means a 4-5"/10-12.5cm heel is not going to make you tower above the crowd so no attention that way. You do not have a receding hairline which may otherwise telegraph your gender. You basically are presenting a more androgynous look which is blending in more than it is standing out. Many of our members are much taller or hairier or have have ruddy complexions so that cannot pull it off as easily as you do. I am not that tall (5' 8.5"/174cm) but do have to shave regularly. I was always a swimmer and never cared for body hair anyway. So there is my theory as to why your heel and skirt wearing have not made the splash you may have thought they would. Keep it up as it seems to be working for you 8) HappyinHeels

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