High Heels for Men - Meels are the Latest Fashion Craze

men wearing high heeled shoes
men wearing high heeled shoes | Source

High heels for men are the latest fashion craze.

It may even be more than a passing fad, because it's not just women who want to be a few inches taller, men do too.

Once upon a time they used to hide the fact that they were wearing raised shoes by wearing specially designed platforms that lifted the whole shoe, not just the heel.

Now, however, men want to wear, and be seen wearing, high heels. Stilettos too.

Many of the stockists who sell high-heeled shoes for men admit that many of their customers are already tall, and do not need the extra inches.

Nor are they gay, despite how they look. It is straight men who want to wear high heels.

Men just like wearing high heels, and why not? Women have been wearing them for years.

Look at this photo on the right here?

The stiletto heeled shoes are fine, but the jewelry is a bit over the top lads!

The only unfortunate thing is that i have been unable to find a cheap stockist of men's high heeled shoes or boots.

The designer labels have widened their range of men's high heels, and as you can see down below, there is quite a selection of high heeled shoes for men to be found, if you are willing to pay the money.

Top names like Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Yves St Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Alain Quilici and Rick Owens now provide a wonderful range of shoes and boots for men, with heels.

men do look good in high heels
men do look good in high heels | Source

While transvestites have been wearing women's high heeled shoes for years, many men found they could not find a pair to fit.

Men's feet are a different shape to women's, and men who insisted on wearing high heels in the past found they had to have them specially made to fit.

All that is changing now that men's high heels are IN, they are the latest fashion, men, like it or not, and they are selling like hot-cakes!

Many men have admitted to wearing high heels because they made them feel good, and isn't that just why us ladies have been wearing them for years?

Men look good AND feel good in high heels.

Just look at this handsome guy on the right here with his meels.

men can look great in high heels
men can look great in high heels
the height of style and fashion - men wearing high heels
the height of style and fashion - men wearing high heels

Diminutive actors and famous men have been among those setting the fashion for men to wear high heels. Not just Tom Cruise or Elton John, but Karl Lagerfeld, Prince, Richard Hammond and Nicolas Sarkozy too.

Commonly known as the "meel", short for man-heel, more and more men are being spotted on the streets of the fashion capitals of Europe wearing high heels.

London, Paris, Amsterdam, the high heel for men is the latest designer trend among men who want to look good from head to toe.

Perhaps what tripped the latest craze was French President Nicolas Sarkozy being spotted wearing them.

The diminutive and fashionable playboy politician has a tall and extremely attractive wife. Nothing looks worse than a taller woman hanging on to a smaller man, and men's high heels were one way to avoid that embarrassment.

The French have always been trend-setters when it comes to fashionable clothing, and they are no doubt trend-setters once again in the fashion of high heels for men.

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Sophia Angelique 4 years ago

You're joking, of course!


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leroy64 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Oh no! I thought this died in the 1970s, along with disco. I don't understand why women wear stilettos in the first place. And if a super model is willing to cling to me, I will not care if she is taller than me. It wouldn't look that bad.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

I'm not joking, this really is the STYLE for men. Maybe not all men, but a lot :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Unacceptable! I do like the shoes in the second photo, I'd accept those. Thank you for the warning on the heels. Fun hub!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

I don't have a problem if men want to wear high heels but the stilettos seem a bit over the top. Hard to walk in too, I'd imagine.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I remember how ridiculous Elton John looked in those days. I have seen any men in high heels here yet.


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celebritie 4 years ago

Heels for men look good if they are platforms or wedges. Well I guess clothes are becoming unisex. I like the skirts for men.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Keep an eye out for them. Looks for the tell-tale stiletto heel showing under their trousers.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

There are skirts for men too? I missed that one LOL. Well, of course Scotland has kilts, but you'll be meaning something different I imagine.


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thewahm 4 years ago

Ok, I'm sorry but I'd laugh if I saw a man wearing heels in public.


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY

Izzy - At first I thought this one was going to be a joke, but the more I look at these meels I think I actually may like them. Granted they are not for all men but I know a few who could use a bit of a lift! Well done, I think you found a great trend for men!


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Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

Izzy,

At first I thought you were joking. But hey, if women suffer in heels, why not men? The white ones and the brown ones towards the end of the hub don't look bad!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

It's not a joke just Google it (or duckduckgo - quack it) and you will see it is hot news. Buy them for your man's Christmas and he will be the height of fashion! Height - geddit?


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

What??? Bad idea.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Come on, girls we need a laugh! I'm dying to see a man trying to walk in high heels!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

It all reminds me of Tim Curry in Rocky Horror. :)


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Especially that top picture! The guys further down the page look pretty good, but the top two? No!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Ha ha... I like this Izzy.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Fashions can be weird sometimes, but hey if the men are happy, who are we to complain?


Shafted 4 years ago

Men are wearing high heels. I am a man who wears them with carfully selected male clothing. Times are a changing. Ladies I feel sorry for you if your femininety is in your shoes (I don't believe this is the case). There are many guys out here who are dying to get out there in high heels (yes, even stilettos).


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Well, if this isn't just the stupidest thing I've ever seen! When are people going to learn they are just fine the way they are and don't have to buy every silly thing that's peddled to them. Women have been foolish enough to wear high heels all these decades, now we're finally wising up, so the marketers have figured out a way to fool men into destroying their feet and looking ridiculous in completely impractical footwear! What nonsense!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

@Shafted, thanks for your enlightening comments, and I fully agree - if you feel comfortable wearing them, go ahead.

@Sally, you have a point, but I like wearing high heels, bad for me or not, so why shouldn't men wear them too?


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

As I said, because they are ridiculous and impractical and just another way to make people slaves to the notion that they have to buy every foolish notion that's put in front of them.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Well you know the first time I tried high heels on I was impressed with the extra height they gave me. I was impressed too by how grown up I felt, even though the shoes were 10 times too big for me, and I was only 5 years old.

When I grew up, I was dismayed when I stopped growing at 5'1". Not exactly tall enough to see over the crowds! But an extra 6" (in platforms in the 70s) did the job very nicely.

No-one said anything because I am female.

Why shouldn't men have the same opportunity?


Adrian 4 years ago

I am a 30 year old male and have been wwearing women's high heels for the past 12 years. Not because I need extra height but because i like them. There is nothing silly about it or stupid as long as the outfit as a whole goes well. Example is I'm small person and wear skinny jeans and stiletto heels or boots if its winter with a nice top. And as for walking in them it easy as when you have years of balance training in sport. I don't care what other people think of me when i'm out in public cause due to my profession I come across death everyday and accept that life is short and ths is what make me happy and I enjoy it.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Glad to hear it Adrian, and just gives more credence to this story which is to say that men DO like wearing high heels and that it is fashionable too. If you know of any online stockists of high heeled shoes for men please can you link here, and I will add them to the body of the hub. A lot of people reading here are men wanting to know where the stockists are, and I am having trouble sourcing them, apart from a couple of eBay sellers.


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celebritie 4 years ago

People seem to forget that drag queens or female impersonators have been wearing high heels for years its part of their image, also men have been wearing stacked heels in cowboy boots, and high rise sneakers. Its seems a natural progression to me.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

You miss the point that a lot of straight men do not want to be associated with drag queens. This latest style is something straight men want to do, and good luck to them!


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

Must be a European thing. lol


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Top photo is credited to the New York Times LOL


xaphod 4 years ago

Hey ..... we've been around for a fair while. I'm one of the original members of hhplace from 2001 !!!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

xaphod, I've been trying to source shoes online for you guys. In fact I wrote this article too, http://hubpages.com/style/Where-to-Buy-High-Heeled... (which has more places on it) if you know of any more, please drop me a line and I'll add them.


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KBEvolve 4 years ago from United States

This is sad. Almost as bad as men wearing skinny jeans.


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

Seems to me that dudes today are looking more and more feminine straight or not. No wonder women are opting for lesbianism instead of straight.


PB 4 years ago

Bahahaa!! Those shoes look ridiculous, uncomfortable and dangerous - I wouldn't be seen dead in a pair of those gay shoes and I haven't ever seen a male wearing shoes like that - ever!


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Wearing high heels is not an "opportunity". It's an expression of a sense of not being good enough exactly as you are. It is also dangerous and harmful to your health.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1053601/...

The fact that they are now being marketed to men indicates that the marketing powers that be feel confident that men are now malleable enough to be fooled into thinking they need to engage in self-mutilation to be acceptable. This will create a whole new crop of physical therapy, surgery, and arthritis patients in the next generation.

No one - not women or men - should wear high heels. It's almost as bad for you as foot-binding, and the psychology is exactly the same.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Sally I will now sell lot of high heel shoes thanks to your link - NOT!

Just kidding, people will wear high heels regardless of what the 'experts' say.

I myself am a grandmother in my mid-fifties who wore high heels for years with none of the problems outlined in the Mail article, but I was warned of similar things when I was young.

I think the important thing is the angle of the foot. In too high a heel, well you are practically on your tip-toes, but with platforms or a slightly lower heel, there are no lasting effects for most people, male or female.


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Blacksheep557 4 years ago from NewZealand

number 4 pic has nice heels suitable for men, however the 'model' is too scruffy to be taken seriously. it is a poor example for how fashionable heels can look.

big men or women do not suit heels

the wearer need to be confident is walking

the wearer needs to wear heel height they are capable of walking in.

Just today I walked 8 Kilomters without a break or a rest. legs and feet were fine. no adverse comnets from anyone, and only a couple of men did notice.

SallyTX, any shoe needs to fit well, a platform shoe offers greater protection to the soft tissue of the ball of the foot. heel height should be increased gradualy and walk distance increased with time, calf muscles will be sore at frst, but no differently than any oter new excersise gegime you may enter


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

I agree with you Blacksheep, it is a case of getting used to it. Going from high heels back to flatties also gives your calve muscles some strain as it gets used to the change in position.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Yes, well, the 2 of you would surely be much more reliable sources of information than the doctors and scientists who have been studying the issue and have access to all the facts and data, and your susceptibility to advertising campaigns would make your conclusions that much more reliable.

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

? Isaac Asimov


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Aw sally if we were to listen to every bit of advice given out by doctors and scientists we'd live in a protective bubble and never venture out! Thanks for the advice, all the same, which will stay here to help warn others of the potential dangers, even if it does take all the fun away.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Yep, joint surgery is never fun!


Adrian 4 years ago

First off thank you for your comment IzzyM and your right there are a lot of men that do like to wear heels but I’m unable to give you any links as I have brought all my shoes from shoes shops and I have never had a negative experience, in fact quite the opposite.

Second Blacksheep. You are also correct in that it does come down to the wearer. Not every girl can wear heels and I have seen some that look really bad and out of place and that goes for guys as well. The outfit as a whole has to be able to match the shoes and confidence in walking is also a big must as well. As a guy if you walk around all embarrassed and ashamed and unsteady then you will look silly.

Third SallyX, people wear heels because they like them. I wear heels because I like them and you will find that a lot of people do things or wear thing because they like it. There doesn’t have to be some sinister notion to the concept of someone wanting to wear heels. As for impractical… I think not.

As I stated earlier I am a guy and I do wear heels and I also wear women’s clothing but not to be feminie or to look feminie I wear it because I like it. I like the style and find male clothing somewhat uncomfortable. I work as a paramedic in Australia and I wear a uniform all day and see a lot of stuff that is a bit on the nasty side but it does help me to understand that life is meant to be enjoyed. This whole” guys do this” and “girls do that” idea is really stupid and so is the negative response towards guys that choose to wear heels. I do find it funny how women want equal rights in this world but less willing to give it to guys especially with things like clothes. And also find it funny how we are constantly telling people to be themselves, and be who you are and when we do we are ridiculed and made fun of and then unfortunately some end their lives due to them not able to be themselves.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Be yourself, Adrian. You said a lot but I got the feeling your were defensive. You don't have to be. Hold your head high and say I am who I am. You're not gay, you're not transexual, you're just a normal guy. (Edit: I'm not saying gays or cross-dressers aren't normal, I'm just not getting into that just now). Don't worry yourself about any associated so-called health risks with wearing high heeled shoes either.

Here's something I never disclosed before.

I CAN't wear high heels anymore because someone thought it too easy to throw a diminutive woman off a 2nd floor balcony.

I lost 3 vertebrae and am lucky I can walk at all but I can't dance!

Enjoy life, we only have one :)


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

I can only say, if I had a date show up in shoes like that ... he'd be dining alone or with someone else, lol!

GAK!


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Gary Davis 4 years ago

Guess I'll pass and keep on wearing my sneakers, or tennis shoes or whatever the popular term is these days.


Textured Ideas 4 years ago

I don't like wearing high heels as I can't walk in them. Strange to see men wearing them in modern times although they did used to wear them in the past too! I read somewhere that high heels were originally worn centuries ago to keep the feet locked more securely onto the stirrup during horse riding, but then it became more of a fashion trend than a necessity. Strange huh! Great article, voted up!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, all! And yes Textured Ideas you are right about the horse-men, I read something about that too :)


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Ivona Poyntz 4 years ago from UK

Wow. I haven't seen a real live man wearing these concoctions, but maybe it's a matter of time.....


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Keep your eyes down, you'll see them, at some point.


maria jose 4 years ago

High heeled fashion is not only for female but also for male.There are many styles of high heeled shoes which are designed specially for men.I really agree with this article.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Cheers Maria! By the way, your comment posted twice, so I have deleted one.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm going to show this to my husband! Maybe he will want some! I can't wait to see the expression on his face when he sees the photos:) he's 6'2 and 250ilbs I just know he is gonna be one tall glass of water! LOL.

I loved the hub - it was fun, entertaining and I won't be so shocked if I see that in town:)


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks! I would love to see the expression on your man's face when he sees this. You never know, he might just want to rush out and buy a pair!


Shafted 4 years ago

That is so cool of you RealHousewife. That's exactly what I'm trying to do. Exposing people to the look of a man in high heels. I go with the idea that people's preconcieved ideas of a man in high heels must be challenged. The reality of it can actually be quite nice if done right. I present myself as an ambassidor to the world around me of a man who wears high heels in public. Those of us out there are still few and far between but our numbers are growing.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Well done Shafted. In your honor I have written another hub about the rights of men to wear high heels - http://hubpages.com/style/Men-Have-The-Right-To-We...


JeffB 4 years ago

Izzy: Like Shafted, I'm also a perfectly well adjusted man who just so happens to love wearing high heels, and I see absolutely nothing wrong with the practice. I don't do it for the height since I'm six foot two, I wear them because they look good on me and they're fun to wear, plain and simple. I wear four and five inch heels, everything from pumps to thigh high boots openly in public, I don't hide what I wear, nor do I flaunt it either, to me, it's a conscious choice as I enjoy expressing my own unique fashion style, nothing more, nothing less. I understand if people choose to find what guys like me do as odd or strange, that's their decision, I can't change minds already set in concrete, nor do I want to try, life is too short for that sort of thing. At the end of the day, I just want to enjoy my own special passion.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Jeff, thank you for telling it as it is. Many readers here want to hear from men who regularly wear high heeled shoes, and who are not transsexual in any way. Just normal everyday guys who are now wearing high heels. Pre-conceptions are off-putting for others. Things will change, and society will accept it, the more men like yourself continue to wear high heels and writers like myself highlight the normality of it, and it is normal. It can be viewed as a fashion statement, or a personal preference. Either way, this is an opportunity for the public to realise that it is perfectly acceptable.


JeffB 4 years ago

Izzy: Contrary to popular belief, men who choose to wear high heels aren't gay or transsexual, nor are we freaks or deviants, we're just normal guys who happen to possess a unique fashion sense when it comes to shoes. We gravitate to women's shoes because we love how they look, the styling, the colors and the wide variety, unlike men's shoes which are dull and boring and dreadfully limited in terms of style and variety. The universal mindset out there that says only women can wear high heels is patently ridiculous, as if only one gender are allowed to wear such shoes, if that's the case, then only men can wear pants, an equally foolish claim, and yet, the public doesn't get it's collective nose bent out of shape at women out and about in pants. That said, high heel loving men should be accorded the same sort of openmindedness. Assigning gender tags to footwear makes no sense in our so-called enlightened age, sooner or later, society will come to realize that men wearing heels is no big deal.


Alsheels 4 years ago

I also am a member of HHPlace and an open heel wearer of some three years now. I am not short just average at 5'8" it's not height it's in the style and yes I wear both block and stiletto heels well and co-ordinate my clothes to be presentable. I am totally hetro with a very good marriage and 6 kids and have no wish to change or adjust my gender, I am male and I would like to pass comment on the opening picture, could I title it "Twins"? Sorry that is NOT a style I would promote but then I wouldn't be seen in a lumberjack shirt either.

There are some very good and intelligent comments here even the negatives have thought.

This is a beginning of being accepted whether OTT as the "twins" or with more subtle styles.

Thanks


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

Everyone has the "right" to wear high heels. It's just a very foolish and hazardous "right" to insist upon. But keep at it, you are sure to make the next generation of health insurers, orthopedic surgeons and manufacturers of orthopedic shoes, canes and various and sundry treatments for malformed feet and bones very happy.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Would you like if I went over to your hubs and started putting people off by slating the topics you have written about? No, I thought not.


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eliserenee 4 years ago from Chicago

This was a fun hub to read! Not sure how I feel about men wearing heels, but Marc Jacobs sure looks good in them...


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Is that guy with the suit? Shows how I much I know LOL. It is a fashion statement that is taking off, so it's good to see these guys.


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

It's funny how history repeats itself...just in a different way.


jeanine 4 years ago

Nice read and funny

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johnn 4 years ago

After reading through the blog and comments, maybe a few words as to neutralise the subject. Men have been and are wearing heels. At present most are known as cowboys, in the past it were the Egyptian priests, lateron the horsemen in order not to slip through the stirrups, during the 16/17th Century it was not only a fashion statement but also a means to indicated ones social position, in the Flower Power era it was a normal thing to see a man on heels and plateaux.

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