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Picture of the Day: High heels for men the new fashion statement

Real men wear women's shoes.

Real men wear women's shoes.

If you’re hoping that the headline is an exaggeration — that a new generation of short dudes self-conscious about their height has rediscovered “elevator shoes” — prepare to have your hopes dashed. We are talking 9-inch stilettos here, and as the picture affirms, they are every bit as ridiculous-looking as they sound.

The Daily Mail dolefully observes:

It’s the last bastion of women’s outerwear that hasn’t been appropriated by the more fashionable men out there — until now.

High heels are, apparently, de rigueur for men.

high heels for men

The trendsetter on the left, named Coy Barton, claims it is “a power thing”:

I literally [sic] look at girls and think, you have so many options. You have jumpers, you have skirts, you have dresses, you have pants, you have shorts. Boys have pants and shorts. Or suits and a shirt.

Some adherents to the new fashion statement seem to believe the sky is the limit. One of them, Gregory Alexander, says he found a company in Arizona that will do 15-inch heels for $3,000.

Top o’ the world, Ma!

Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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  • teejk

    It’s the last bastion of women’s outerwear that hasn’t been appropriated by the more fashionable men out there — until now.

    I’m guessing that these people appropriated women’s underwear years ago.

    • Howard Portnoy


  • Geoffrey_Britain

    Can ruffled skirts for men be far away? It’s just a ‘fashion’ choice, right? Young ‘men’ (I use that term loosely) are reportedly starting to use makeup too. Once the masses adopt these fashion statements, the emasculation of America will be complete and the conquest and rape of America can begin.

    Hyperbole? Think those guys above will stand upon the ramparts ready to repel the barbarian? Does anyone think that if needed, those guys would ever take on gang bangers?

    Orwell memorably stated that, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night, only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    Emasculated, feminized ‘men’ are never ready to do violence upon anyone’s behalf…

    • teejk

      I’m not giving up hope quite yet. As long as men still watch women’s prison movies (that comment got me in a lot of trouble a few years ago but my former employer was beyond paranoid) and the good old-fashioned cat fight, I’m not going to wave the white flag.

    • Traveller62

      You forget about the makeup factor on tv. Watch the evening news on ANY news station and you will see the “pancake” makeup on ALL the men, including the local channels as well. A man cannot report the news without being “made up”.

      • Brice

        The lighting needed for filming makes everyone look very pale and washed out. The need for make-up is real.

  • Rapier Half-Witt

    “He’s just a sweet transvestite

    From Transexual, Transylvania”

    • Traveller62

      Freddie Mercury looked pretty good with makeup, too.

  • J.e. Dyer

    There may have been instances of this more recently. But I do remember from history that there was a fad for women’s extremely high heels among men in the France of the 1780s — the last decade of monarchical rule before the storming of the Bastille, and the brutal “Terror” that followed.
    It’s an ill wind that brings men with an obsession for freakish, anti-utilitarian attire.

    • Geoffrey_Britain

      Arguably, France never recovered.

    • Justin Hartberger

      Actually, back then those were men’s shoes that women adopted, not the other way around. The traditional high heel we know today was meant as a type of footwear that could more-easily hold in the stirrups of horses (which is why cowboy boots still hold this design) and it became a fashion thing in France for the nobility prior to the revolution.

  • Nate

    This is what keeps al-Qaeda on the run.

  • Gal Spunes

    Look at it this way – the more ridiculous their wardrobe, the easier they are to identify and avoid.

  • Mal

    The perfect accessory for the shirt-lifter-about-town. With any luck the manufacturer will charge extortionary prices.
    Knock yourselves out, nancies!

  • Cardair

    Anyone suggesting the feminization of the Western male isn’t yet complete needn’t look any further than this article.

  • Brian

    I say any guy that wants to wear high heels should. If it’s something you want to do, why not do it. I love women’s shoes, they’re so much cuter than guys shoes. For me personally I don’t find heels very easy to walk in so I stick to ballet flats.

  • metalman9780

    Apparently the dumbest guy I’ve seen was the one that started this. Judging from your text I’ve realized that your stupid. Fashion is each individuals choice, if the girls want to wear Carhart bibs with steel toe work boots and a baseball cap then I’ll still treat her with respect, the same should be true for a guy. If he wants to wear 4 inch pumps under his jeans then why not. I wouldn’t advice it unless he can wear heels. Now that is stupid for either gender a girl looks just as dumb wobbling around trying to wear them as a guy doing the duck walk. A 200 pound 6′ tall construction worker looks just as ridiculous in a pair of pumps as a 180 pound fat woman in 4 inch heels. It can be done and look good. Been there done that. So the moral to the story is if you can effectively wear heels then do it. Oh by the way Howard your a retard.

    • Justin Hartberger

      Hell, arguably one could assert that women stole heels from men first anyway. They were originally invented/designed for men (which one could logically infer that this is likely why they tend to be painful on the smaller feet of women)

      You hit the crux of the argument though – why the heck does anyone care what someone else wears or doesn’t? I think it’s more of a projection of ingrained insecurities of the men in our society than anything else.