We go again,
I’ve been having some really in depth thoughts about this. A new and dear personal hero of mine Prince (May he rest in perfect peace) was someone along with Grace Jones and many others who brought androgyny to the mainstream & not only made it cool and somewhat okay, but they made it sexy.
Some of it would be performative and others pure self expression, the community loves that. So I’ve been exploring my personal style and wondering how heels would fit into my wardrobe today. In the times we’re in now when -not androgyny (as a part of the LGBT community) but ‘gender fluidity’ being the sure fire way designers are going. Men walking the women’s wear runway, women walking in menswear there only being one show and so on.
People are really able to find their voice having it be fully safe to express themselves non binary making it’s way through the wests university system I wanted to take one facet of that to write about. Men in heels as it pertains to personal style and how I see it
As an artist I’m a true fan of expressing myself and giving people room to be free. It was something I’ve always thought as a teen learning about the world to adulthood. As men’s style is becoming more free and open to different cuts and silhouettes I feel to take it a step further and think of the man in a heel. Much thought of as a Short-Mans Pump as a pure vanity project it’s not been taken seriously as a fashion item.
Rick Owens however has been making me think differently about it, along with Prince Rick dons similar block heels with a 4″ lift (by eye measurement)
it adds to his silhouette and style just like Prince before him with his slender build it lengthens him much like a woman’s heel does and creates presence. I decided to take a look on the market and it seems many high fashion houses are taking on the menswear heels challenge, something I thought I was taking on personally it seems I’ve entered a realm much like the skinny-jeans of 2008 or the flowery blouse of 2016, the acceptance of heels as a mainstream menswear item.
First off we have the Margiela Tabi boot
– it is a boot – boots have heels – and this one exhibits a lift as we see there is also a separation between the inside toe and the rest of the foot form.
It gives this shoe character and performs gender neutrally. I don’t see it particularly as a male or female boot but just one with a lift.
Next off we’ve got the Balenciaga 2017 boot heel,
comes in a box toe style same 4″ lift and can either come with a regular or knee high rise.
chunky looks like it comes in cowhide leather, snake skin or vinyl with the stiff structure and a matte finish. I’m not mad at it and the way it’s styled in the show is indicative of how I perceive the Balenciaga man to wear it.
Last I’ve got the ever consistent Rick Owens heel.
it’s very Rick and it’s conscious of how the man coming up until the 20’s would dress.suede upper and super chunky mid sole gives it that industrial feel, Something a foreword thinking man looks for in his footwear, conscious and thoughtful.
These are just a couple of the many out there, I believe this “trend” will create variant out there that increase the market cap for heeled boots in due time. Do I believe they will be in the average mans wardrobe? No, I see it giving further heights to the variety of what men will do with their wardrobe, releasing personality types from the norm.