Men in High Heels?

I’ve been having a quick look at some of the reporting on London Fashion Week that’s coming out.  And then I saw that a couple of designers were sending their male models down the catwalk in platform shoes.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum "Men in High Heels" blog post

From the Telegraph today

Now, I remember men’s platforms in the 70’s, which was when they were last in vogue I think, and they always looked very clumpy and not at all attractive; the ones that Alexander McQueen and JW Anderson used in their shows aren’t any different.

Not all women’s platform shoes are attractive, but at least as women we have the ability to use heels to make ourselves taller and to balance out our proportions in a way that men can’t.  Or can’t without making themselves a potential laughing stock.

The thing is that men have been wearing high heels for centuries.   They were originally worn by horsemen in Asia to help whilst riding to keep their feet in the stirrups, but they were popularised after a Persian diplomat visited the courts of various European Royal Houses and the courtiers quite liked the cut of his jib (and Louis XIV, at 5’4″, may have seen it as a way to enhance his stature).  Eventually women started copying their menfolk, albeit in a more feminine and delicate way.

There was a period in the 18th and 19th century where high heels for both sexes fell out of favour again, but (luckily) they did come back into fashion by the mid-19th century, although in a far less ostentatious way for men.  The cowboy boot and cuban heels are about as far as it went till the the 70’s when big chunky platforms were adorning the feet of so many men.

So, the question is, are we ready for a revival?  What do you think about men wearing heels?

Find out more about the historical origins of men wearing heels here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21151350

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

Comments

  1. Nick H says:

    Didn’t David Brent sport a pair of high-ish heels in The Office?

    I’ve got quite short legs ( my wife helpfully confirms this for me regularly ) so I always go for shoes with what I would call ‘a decent heel’. I think that’ says far as I’m going to go!

    • Neither David Brent nor Simon Cowell should be looked to for fashion inspiration :-D. However, it is possible for men to easily add an inch with their shoes. (You could also avoid letting shirts hang out – makes your legs look shorter)

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