Dear men in heels or women in stilettos: “It’s worth remembering that the higher the heels are, the easier it is for you, man or woman, to loom over others in an intimidating way.”
Some said that Leonardo Da Vinci was the inventor of the high-heels. Some mentioned that it was invented by military necessity. Who cares about who invented what, when and why, when the outcome of this invention has done wonders and has been very kind to all of us…
Heels are just like cigarettes and love. Heels invite damages to ankles, toes, feet and tendons both short-term and long-term. Bones in the lower body can become ossified; but as dangerous and harmful as heels, cigarettes and love are to us, it is that very pain and risk that we take, forgo and subconsciously seek.
“While high-heels are marketed almost exclusively to women, a small percentage of men have worn, and continue to wear heels for various reasons, including personal preference, medical reasons, gender identity issues, and fetish roles.”
The fetish about heels was noted when those shoes visibly accentuate women’s calves deluding longer sensuous legs to the weak and hungry eyes. Women appear taller. Heels aid the change in gait and posture, thrusting the buttocks outwards causing hips to sway more and displaying more bodily curvaceous tones.
It has also become the classic Must Have fashion accessory (because Coco Chanel said so (?)). The male shoe-nista, Manolo Blahnik, relived the stiletto in protest to lifeless platforms in the seventies and even since then, the rest is his story and history.
Women’s accessory. Only?
Historically when one looks back at European fashions in the 17th and 18th era, many of the heels on men’s shoes and boots were of a height that would be regarded as quite feminine by modern’s standards. In the cosmopolitan age now, some men’s footwear, such as cowboy boots (although rider’s heel are of height: approximately 1-1/2″) and shoes with a cuban heel are considered by some to be a high-heel, per se.
Over the last decade, the Internet has united men who considered the wearing of heels as merely the continuation of what men have been doing for hundreds of years – for men And women continued wearing heels as a matter of noble fashion throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
Men, heterosexual men, wear heels because of short height? Because it simply makes the shoe look better that way? They are rockers by nature and don’t know it? Or are they just deviant? “Gender-specific clothing styles are rapidly disappearing anyway”? Owing to the fact that Men invented heels?
Regardless of the reason why it took more than 200 years before fashion changes, “many men who report wearing masculine-styled heels in public not only encounter very little resistance but are met with a surprising amount of appreciation and encouragement for their choice of fashion.” No, this was not taken from a gay reported survey community but through observations made from the occasional featured men wearing heels on the runways since the mid 1990s.
This trend has not been lost on fashion designers and matter of factly, four out of five men’s shoes are characterless and entirely utilitarian. Shoe designers should expand styles for men. How high a heel is acceptable on men’s shoes? While form is the heels; in many shoes, style dictates function more. Market and design more masculine styles high-heeled shoe and boot with significantly larger sizes to accommodate men. Men are generally heavier and robust thus heels should not be too high and made under the circumstances of female’s ergonomic canon.
‘If John Travolta can wear heels, so can any other man.”
Written for Design TAXI