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Men In High Heels..The New Fashionistas

March 4th, 2010 No comments

High heels for men are no longer solely within the realm of drag queens. Today the Toronto Star declares them the must-have accessory for, not just drag queens, but also the fashion-forward modern man. Besides, with the fellas trying everything from compression underwear to mantyhose, it was only a matter of time before they would be spotted in stilettos.

not just for drag queens anymore

Androgynous, edgy and sometimes masculine women’s footwear by Balenciaga, Rodarte and Alexander Wang is most popular among drag queen and male fashionistos. Montreal fashion editor Cary Tauben attended Jeremy Laing’s New York presentation in a pair of heels from Topshop and has considered buying a pair of thigh-high Rodarte boots. (The only time he lowers himself to wear flats is on airplanes.)

Many men, drag queens  and otherwise,  wear heels because they make him feel taller, fiercer, and all men including drag queens love to stand out “above” the crowd, plus it goes with giving the “look up to me”  attitude –  I can go out and look tall so I will get noticed.

Stores like Fluevog and Chasse Gardée, both in Toronto on Queen Street West, routinely sell (and sell out of) heels for men. Canadian designer Rad Hourani trotted male models down the runway in an open-toe boot with socks in his fall show.

While we don’t expect to see the look on Bay Streeters (many of whom have only recently discovered that pleated pants are out) any time soon, the Toronto fashion week pack may be a whole lot taller this season.