Articles tagged with "Mens Fashion"

This article from the Catawiki website, reminds us of the history of men and high heels.

Heels have long been a symbol of status, style and femininity but once upon a time they were synonymous with masculinity too. Dating back to ancient Egypt, walking in raised shoes was at first a practical choice for working men that was quickly adopted by the men and women of upper classes as a sign of nobility and status. Since then, high heels have continued to feature in men's fashion throughout the ages from King Louis XIV to the late David Bowie. Fashion experts Fleur Feijen and Stefania Jesi help unpack the long history of men and high heels and why heels are still a statement shoe for men today.

You will see many articles on Men's Heels Revolution about the history of heels. It's important to know where heels came from and how changes in our society have affected the way people wear them. We are once again in a societal shift where people are re-evaluating gender norms. Heels, skirts, dresses, make-up and more are all returning as options for men to wear. Similar societal reactions can be observed, we're not doing anything new here, just doing what we used to do.

Original URL: https://www.catawiki.com/en/stories/753-the-forgotten-history-of-men-and-high-heels

Posted: 15 September 2022


Is the term ‘Cross-dresser’ out-dated in today’s society?

Before we can answer that question, some definitions may be useful.

  1. Cross-dressing: is the act of wearing items of clothing not commonly associated with one's sex. Cross-dressing has been used for purposes of disguise, comfort, comedy, and self-expression in modern times and throughout history.

    Almost every human society throughout history has had expected norms for each gender relating to style, colour, or type of clothing they are expected to wear, and likewise most societies have had a set of guidelines, views or even laws defining what type of clothing is appropriate for each gender.

    The term "cross-dressing" refers to an action or a behaviour, without attributing or implying any specific causes or motives for that behaviour. Cross-dressing is not synonymous with being transgender.

    Another term for cross-dressing is Transvestitism. Someone who engages in Cross-dressing/Transvestitism is called a Cross-dresser(CD)/Transvestite(TV), although the term Transvestite is now commonly considered outdated and disrespectful. The term Transvestite (often shortened to the slang term "Tranny") was historically used as a slur against people who wore clothes of the opposite sex. Cross-dresser is now a much more accepted term. Cross-dresser was coined by the transgender community.

  2. MtF and FtM Cross-dresser: A man who dresses in women's clothing is a male to female (MtF) cross-dresser. a woman who dressing in men's clothing is a female to male (FtM) cross-dresser. For women, the term is seldom used and the wearing of trousers/pants/men's shirts is often discounted as cross-dressing. This is because in our current society, male clothing is often considered gender-neutral. Therefore when someone uses the term "cross-dresser", the focus shifts mainly towards a MtF cross-dresser.

    With those definitions made, two additional points are important to recognise:

    a). Cross-dressing as it relates to Transgender: Wearing clothes intended for the opposite sex does not mean that the person identifies as the opposite sex. It is different from being Transgender or Transsexual. When transgender people dress according to their gender identity it is not necessarily the same as cross-dressing.

    It is important to know that a cross-dresser does not necessarily have body or gender dysphoria (gender dysphoria means feeling uncomfortable with their body and gender they were born with), they are perfectly happy with their gender assigned at birth and have no desire to change their sex, but simply enjoy being able to cross-dress from time to time. However, Transgender describes people who feel that their gender identity is different from their biological sex.

    Most transgender people do not appreciate being called cross-dressers, and for good reason. As they are wearing clothes of their own gender identity they consider themselves, and should be considered by others as the gender they are dressing in. A Transgender woman wearing women's clothes is not a cross-dresser, nor is she a drag queen. She is just a woman. Similarly, a Transgender man, wearing men's clothes is not a cross-dresser, nor is he a drag king. He is just a man.

    b). Cross-dressing as it relates to Drag: A cross-dresser should not be confused with drag queens/kings. Drag is a special form of performance art based on the act of cross-dressing. Drag queens are usually male performance artists who dress in female character. Drag Kings are mostly female performance artists who dress in male character.

Now, to get down to answering the question...

As gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, expressions and identities of girls, women, boys, men, and gender diverse people we can deconstruct that concept. While the term Cross-dresser works well for some people, as it has for years, for many others they do not feel that it works well for them. For non-binary or agender people (who don't identify with the gender binary of male & female) who want to wear certain clothes as part of their gender expression, feel that the term is obstructive and often offensive towards them. With the realisation that clothes have no gender, a skirt or a pair of trousers are essentially just coloured and textured fabric cut and sewn into a garment. The clothes know nothing of gender other than that assigned to them by their creator. The same, of course applies to shoes - high heels are not women's shoes... they are just high heels.

A growing number of people believe that today's socially constructed gender stereotypes don't serve us well in enabling fully inclusive gender expression that recognises our diversity. With the central fact that gender is a social construct, gender labelling of clothing is also a therefore also social construct and can equally be challenged and deconstructed. Gender labelling of clothing perpetuates the construct, but in more recent years this is slowly changing with manufacturers and retailers removing, or neutralising gender labelling on clothes and on signage in stores.

Manufacturers and retailers, now too numerous to mention, are also making items of clothing more traditionally intended for a single sex for both sexes, while recognising that the key differentiator is not actually our biological sex, but our body shape. Does the term cross-dresser still stand up when the clothes have no gender labels? Maybe not.

All clothing, of whatever shape, colour, texture or style has been worn by both sexes as normal daily wear at some point in history, so why do we have gendered clothing now? Visual communication is one of the many reasons we dress the way we do. Our gender identity is expressed visually through what we wear, as can be our social status or rank within an organisation. Sometimes our visual appearance, what we wear, make-up, hairstyle, skin colour, whether rightly or wrongly, can trigger others around us through our learned and often habituated social conditioning to make a judgement on how they should interact with us. Aside from organisational ranking, we should not treat people differently because of their appearance. Everyone is born equal and should be treated as such. Does what they wear really matter more than their actions and achievements as a person?

In conclusion, the term Cross-dresser is fine for a socially constructed world in which there is a gender binary, but it does not work well in a non-binary world where gender is expressed on a spectrum and where many believe that clothing has no gender to start with. When it comes to the use of the term today, if the logic used to describe a man in "women's" clothes as a crossdresser does not hold when applied to a woman wearing "men's" clothes - it's not logic, it's sexism.

When clothing has no gender there are no lines to "cross", hence no cross-dressing and why we therefore believe that the term cross-dresser is out-dated and should decline in use.

Posted: 27 July 2022


Unfinished Man blog ("not merely a men’s lifestyle and entertainment blog, but a site devoted to the essence of masculinity and becoming a real man") poses the question whether a man can wear "Women's Shoes".

I have to be honest, this article was close to not making the cut for inclusion on Men's Heels Revolution. It was only the fact that it was written by a man and concluded positively that it made it. The article could have benefited from deeper research and often repeats itself, but the intentions are noble.

Many articles written for men's magazines or blogs (and a small number by women), ridicule or make light of the idea of men wearing high heels, or any gender non-conforming style. Contrary to this particular article, here we call them high heels, or just heels as they are not women's shoes, but just shoes with heels. They don't belong to any specific gender any more than your toothbrush does!

Still worth a read if only to appreciate that things are maybe starting to change in how men talk to other men about gender non-conformity.

Original URL: https://www.unfinishedman.com/can-men-wear-womens-shoes-great-shoe-debate/

Posted: 9 July 2022


Footwear Magazine takes a look at the new "Our Angels" Inclusive sized collection from Christian Louboutin and poses the question "Is it finally time to stop separating men's and women's fashion?".

The fashion industry has followed social gender norms since the dawn of what we now call fashion, though when now considered through egalitarian eyes there are huge differences between fashion offered for men and women. The fashion industry is reflecting on these imbalances and tentatively adjusting what's on offer one high heeled step after another.

In heels for men (or indeed genderless), with big names like Louboutin taking an interest and with real-world wear visible by celebrities on the Red Carpet and key social media influencers there is certainly more on offer now. It may take some time, but generally in the fashion world those trends will start to trickle down into the mainstream.

Original URL: https://footwearnews.com/2022/fashion/opinion-analysis/gender-neutral-fashion-trends-1203233685/

Posted: 6 July 2022


Do you ever get weird looks from people when you're wearing heels?

Do you ever get weird looks from people when you're wearing heels?

Thanks @sinchii.e606 that's a good question!

I do get looks and people's expressions are often puzzled, but then they are seeing something that they are not used to seeing so that is going to take some thought to process how they feel about it. You are breaking social stereotypes and to a lot of people this will be something new and can feel threatening to them.

If you are different, and let's face it, it's not hard to be different when you're a man wearing high heeled shoes or boots, then you are going to stand out from the crowd a little and attract some attention. The vast majority of men wearing heels don't actually want any attention, we just want to live authentically and wear the clothes and shoes which we like.

The key here is confidence. When you feel good about what you are wearing before you go out that will show through. Express yourself authentically and you will have the rock solid belief in what you are doing. Go about your business as normal and remember that you are not responsible for the version of you that is in someone else's head - that's on them.

Think about the times when you've seen something out of the ordinary when you've been out and about. Do you look longer at it? Does your face express your confusion about what you're seeing? It's not unusual to process new things in this way.

In the countless times I've worn heels in public, I have yet to have anyone make a comment about them, but yes I do get people look. From many other men who wear heels, the comments they receive are almost always positive. In any case, I want them to look, we need them to look, we need this to be normalised for any men who want to wear heels. That needs every one of us to be wearing heels in public every day that we can.

If you're struggling for the confidence to wear higher heels more than you would normally do in public, use some of the strategies I've provided in these Q&A posts to help. Start out with Cuban heels and work your way up. Once that is normalized, heels for men will get slimmer and taller and before long we may well see a day when men in stilettos won't seem so unusual at all.

Posted: 3 July 2022


When you have never worn high heels or boots outdoors before... How do you start?

When it comes to wearing heels or boots there are generally two types of men - the ones who are already out there doing it, because they just decided one day to wear them, and there are the others, like you, dear reader, who need more confidence and perhaps a different approach.

  1. Buy in-store or order online?

    Get your shoes delivered to your door. Actually getting heels or boots in the first place can be a problem if you're not comfortable trying them on in a shop, though that will come in time. There are plenty of sources on the web to buy from. Just check their returns policy carefully before you buy so that if they don't fit well, you will be able to return them for a refund. Many retailers now even offer free delivery and free returns, so it really couldn't be easier.

  2. Start low

    The higher the heel and the brighter and more colourful the footwear, the more attention you're going to get, so start with a pair of dark coloured low heeled “women's” boots or shoes. Initially you might feel that EVERYONE is going to look at you. That is just in your head. In any case, just remember that gender is a social construct and that clothes and shoes have no gender. Remember... although you're breaking gender stereotypes, there's nothing wrong with that... just be yourself.

  3. Go out with a purpose

    Having a purpose to going out in your heels or boots will give you something to focus on other than the fact you have some different footwear on. Quick shopping trips can be useful and will get you used to being outside in heels or boots.

  4. Take a short trip

    While you're still finding your feet, so to speak, you may want to avoid bumping into someone you know while trying your shoes in public. To vastly reduce this as a possibility, take a short trip outside of your local area and wear your heels or boots there. Take them with you in bag and change into them when you get there if you have to. Being able to do this will give you lots more confidence quickly.

  5. Don't over-think it

    Before you step outside you'll likely be running through so many scenarios of what MIGHT happen... almost all of it won't happen and if you've already built up your confidence by the time it does happen, you will be ready to handle it. As Susan Jeffers, Author of 'Feel the Fear (and do it anyway)' says "the only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it".

  6. Be yourself & act normally

    You are doing something normal, it's just not normal to you... yet, so that may feel a little odd at first. Just go about your business "as if" you have always worn the heels you have on, even if you have not. If someone does mention your shoes (it's quite unlikely actually), then just say you've always worn heels, that it's just your style and you like to be individual.

You're stronger thank you think you are. You've got this!

Posted: 16 May 2022


Fashion magazine celebrates Tom Holland's (@TomHolland2013) red carpet outfit for the premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home and highlights Tom's calling out of Misogynistic comments made about his height in relation to his taller partner Zendaya and how he regrets not wearing heels for his rendition of Rhianna's "Umbrella" in 2017.

Original URL: https://fashionmagazine.com/style/celebrity-style/tom-holland-heels-spiderman-premiere/

Posted: 1 May 2022


Who are the up and coming influencers on Instagram who are promoting men’s fashion in heels and boots?

Hungry for more profiles about men in heels and boots? Look no further...

Influencer 17-Jul-21 23-Mar-22 % Change
@man_in_skirt_and_heels 697 997 43
@godmotherofthang (new find) 985
@bootsfanatic_5240 (new find) 975
@tomtoenz 814 938 15
@superpointed (new find) 934
@mencanwearheelstoo 796 927 16
@stiefel_biest 893 924 3
@blackheels1986 813 922 13
@notasxpected 730 913 25
@oversizedheel 888 893 1
@heelstacones2 790 859 9
@guyinheels 806 842 4
@m.b_in.heels_n_skirts 671 835 24
@thehighheeledprince (new find) 787
@nielsinheels (new find) 784
@andrew_phillip_01 (new find) 768
@men_in_heels_la 688 748 9
@mr.heels.mex (new find) 741
@luvstiletto 623 731 17
@heheels 581 728 25
@stiletto4men (new find) 702
@deutschlandaufhighheels 532 691 30
@heels6high4dayz (new find) 650
@just_north_of_normal 511 643 26
@shoe.nonconformist (new find) 633
@calzenico (new find) 591
@stope_wears_highheels (new find) 547
@chris_wears_boots_and_skirts (new find) 523
@stephan6870 (new find) 521
@heeled_equality 535 520 -3
@shoeshavenogender (new find) 501
@mens.heels.revolution.extra (my other account) 500

(Numbers are followers as at time of writing)

Criteria for selection:

  1. More than 500 followers, but less than 1,000
  2. Post frequently with their own content
  3. Consistently promote a variety of mainstream fashion for men in heels or boots
  4. Profile is free of adult themes, underwear, fetish and sexualisation of footwear

These are just the profiles which we have found while looking for men in heels and boots. If you know of more (that meet the criteria above), please let us know!

Posted: 10 April 2022



Who are the top influencers on Instagram who are promoting men’s fashion in heels and boots?

If you're new to Instagram, or even if you've been around a while and you love wearing heels and boots, this is the post to get you off to a flying start with who to follow. It's a "who's who" of the movers and shakers in men's heel wearing in 2022.

Congratulations to all of the people on this list. You are true leaders the world of men in heels and boots. I for one have been inspired by many of you who gave me the courage to wear heels so much more frequently in public and to start this website and spread the news about the movement for men wearing heels and boots.

Influencer 17-Jul-21 23-Mar-22 % Change
@theebillyporter 2,000,000 2,200,000 10
@wisdm 1,600,000 2,100,000 31
@themarcjacobs 1,600,000 1,600,000
@MarkBryan911 537,000 664,000 24
@kaseimmorris new find 212,000
@thequeerindigo 98,700 131,000 33
@cheapainn 98,700 120,000 22
@omarahmed.co 93,400 88,900 -5
@trinxx_heels 29,300 60,300 106
@tyreece2.0 29,700 36,100 22
@theguyinaskirt 14,000 21,200 51
@levnar 16,500 16,100 -2
@almost.zaymous 13,700 14,400 5
@dimaniaco 10,800 13,000 20
@youcantquitmebaby 11,200 12,800 14
@patriciahenriquesshoes new find 10,800
@henrybae 10,200 10,400 2
@tripleminor new find 9,053
@genderblender1 5,926 8,506 44
@hueyyrouge 3,193 7,622 139
@d.emareasmith 2,523 7,551 199
@coulstyle new find 6,633
@blogigorbarros new find 6,283
@jomostyle 3,224 6,269 94
@bren_dun 5,460 6,222 14
@syd_boots 3,373 5,286 57
@hewearsheelsandhose 3,425 5,097 49
@the_heads_count 1,442 4,519 213
@dermodemuth 2,754 4,392 59
@men_wear_heels_too 3,730 4,389 18
@alexclark8 3,895 4,100 5
@princeofheels (new entry) 755 4,055 437
@gentlemanheels 1,945 3,717 91
@glitz_on_heelz new find 3,397
@inkarlcerating 2,527 2,848 13
@lidiatalavera.inc new find 2,348
@aleeexv new find 2,276
@_etwas.anders 1,555 2,212 42
@hanselsven 1,478 2,169 47
@joepmaasdam 1,793 2,132 19
@heels_for_everyone (new entry) 967 1,819 88
@insta_prem 1,537 1,818 18
@__.spacecowboy.__ new find 1,815
@paddy.quilterjones new find 1,783
@cowboy_on_tour new find 1,678
@menhighheels (new entry) 709 1,652 133
@men_on_heels 1,089 1,628 49
@male.heels 1,312 1,589 21
@leonardodalmagro 1,511 1,582 5
@heelscouple (new entry) 758 1,569 107
@mrheelsandmore (new entry) 791 1,508 91
@charoline.wenke new find 1,434
@mydomingo new find 1,389
@mens.heels.revolution (new entry) 875 1,338 53
@chris.mpkz new find 1,285
@thevonfactor new find 1,270
@Jeff.In.Heels 1,083 1,267 17
@boots.are.fun new find 1,267
@frederic_heeled_do (new entry) 783 1,253 60
@malefanofhighheels 1,231 1,065 -13
@myshoebox717 new find 1,064
@texboots1 new find 1,057
@chlopak_w_szpilkach (new entry) 719 1,056 47
@heelscr (new entry) 891 1,019 14

(Numbers are followers as at time of writing)

Criteria for selection:

  1. More than 1,000 followers
  2. Post frequently with their own content
  3. Consistently promote a variety of mainstream fashion for men in heels or boots
  4. Profile is free of adult themes, underwear, fetish and sexualisation of footwear

These are just the profiles which we have found while looking for men in heels and boots. If you know of more (that meet the criteria above), please let us know!

Posted: 29 March 2022


Vogue Magazine looks back on how men’s fashion changed for the better in 2021.

The article has the full detail, but in summary...

  • Hollywood stars took risks
  • so did regular men
  • The runways delivered exciting clothes
  • and the stores reflected that
  • The momentum isn’t going to stop!

Original URL: https://www.vogue.com/article/mens-fashion-recap-red-carpet-style

Posted: 20 January 2022



Vogue magazine reports that skirt shopping is gaining popularity by men. Persistent presentation of men in skirts on the catwalk is finally paying off with more men adding a skirt or two to their wardrobe.

Original URL: https://www.vogue.com/article/men-are-shopping-for-skirts-thom-browne-lyst-report

Posted: 9 October 2021


When High Heels are an Icon of Femininity how does that fit into a world where our culture says “that’s for women”? Huff Post takes a look at the history of men in heels and features modern day trail blazers, @ShopSyro (@HenryBae & @ShaoboHan), who highlight some of the cultural issues for men wearing heels, but also the up-sides too.

Original URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG2K7_g7Sgs

Posted: 26 September 2021


Footwear News highlights the trend in rising heel heights for mens footwear. Led by top fashion houses, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, this article from a few years ago underlines the fact that this is a trend that won’t be going away any time soon.

Original URL: https://footwearnews.com/2016/fashion/designers/mens-heels-boots-spring-2016-shoes-trends-218704/

Posted: 22 September 2021


This article from German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (@sz) explores why men have shied away from wearing long leather boots as a clothing item and concludes that they really should reconsider them as part of their wardrobe.

We owe a thank you to the folks at @wearboots.de for putting us onto this great article. Go check them out!

Original URL: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&u=https://www.sueddeutsche.de/stil/anziehsache-zu-stiefeln-maenner-scheuen-schaefte-1.2713267

Posted: 18 September 2021


@TheMarcJacobs has been wearing women’s fashion for 20 years. He, like many, believe that clothing has no gender and as one of fashion’s powerhouses of free thinking and great styles, he should know!

Original URL: https://pagesix.com/2020/12/04/marc-jacobs-says-clothing-has-no-gender/

Posted: 2 September 2021


Vogue magazine examines the retail fashion industry and with the statement “A piece of fabric, a textile, or a garment has no gender. This is an undisputable fact!” and the reality of the retail fashion industry divided along binary gender lines, probes what the industry can do to represent the spectrum of gender in a more inclusive and realistic way.

Original URL: https://www.vogue.com/article/the-future-of-retail-is-genderless

Posted: 7 August 2021



Mens and Women's fashion are converging and the pandemic has helped. Find out why in this article from Coveteur.

Original URL: https://coveteur.com/2020/10/02/mens-womens-fashion-differences/

Posted: 29 July 2021



Meet @henrybae and @shaobohan, the creators of @shopsyro, the gender-nonconforming shoe brand here to cater for the new demographic of men and gender-nonconforming people who want to wear high heels. @evanrosskatz interviews Henry and Shaobo who give us the low-down on the brand that's there for those in search of "something to give them a more cunty experience on the street."

Original URL: https://www.allure.com/story/syro-shoes-high-heels-for-men-gender-nonconforming-people

Posted: 14 July 2021


In their own words... “In today's video, I will be sharing my love for wearing heeled shoes. I will be featuring some fashion labels that brought heeled shoes in the market and the good thing is that they have sizes for men! No need to stretch those women's shoes! Plus these labels aren't as expensive as designer brands like Margiela or Rick Owens so I hope this is helpful if you are a guy who wants to consider adding man-heels into your wardrobe.

Also, I will be featuring the guys I follow on Youtube and Instagram because they wear man heels with attitude. What I wanted to know from them is HOW they do it?”

Original URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euz-NdA4LKo

Posted: 8 July 2021


This article from Fashion Journal in 2020 asks a pointed question “Why is fashion still gendered in 2020?” and suggests that segreated clothing in stores may soon be a thing of the past. It highlights Androngenous dressing as one factor driving the change and how we are re-thinking the purpose of clothing.

Original URL: https://fashionjournal.com.au/fashion/fashion-gendered-2020/

Posted: 2 July 2021


This article by @edsullivan2 from the brilliant InStyle magazine (@instylemagazine) explores how spaces like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube have given androgonous stylists, post-gender visionaries and queer creatives the freedom to embrace their authentic selves, tools to build a platform, and potential to have a wide reach and impact. We see how people like @tripleminor, @wisdm, @alokvmenon, @sammyratelle, @elierlick, @jayybeech, @bethanycmeyers, @nicotortorella and @patrickchurchny are successfully challenging fashion boundaries and taking fashion influence from the streets to social media.

Original URL: https://www.instyle.com/fashion/clothing/tiktok-gender-free-fashion

Posted: 20 June 2021


This article from the New York Times reflects upon how people have redefined themselves during lockdown and experimented with the wearing of dresses and other clothing normally considered feminine. Inspired by the appearances on TV of stars such as Kid Cudi and Lil Nas X wearing dresses and skirts people are eschewing gender stereotypes and bringing in a new era where clothing can no longer be considered a “tell” for anything.

Original URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/style/gender-the-boys-in-their-summer-dresses.html

Posted: 17 June 2021


This article from respected magazine, National Geographic, spotlights an exhibition that celebrates the ways couture blurs the line between men’s and women’s clothing. It hints that social media is helping create communities of people that can influence the way we dress. It asks “who wears the pants?” and charts the rise of women wearing pants, something that can inspire us as we march forward in our heels. The article concludes with a positive message from a member of the LGBTQ community which suggests that our voices may finally be heard and our gender bending fashion seen.

Original URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/2019/03/gender-bending-fashion-rewrites-rules-who-wears-what

Posted: 17 June 2021


This article from Medium highlights a feature on Harry Styles wearing a Gucci gown which appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine. The article covers how gender norms around clothing are changing and highlights some of the resistance against it, but ultimately "we just want to see sexy people in beautiful clothes" and a dress is just a dress.

Original URL: https://gen.medium.com/why-women-like-men-who-wear-dresses-509e66846a66

Posted: 14 June 2021