Last week as we changing at the gym we noticed a fetching lad buttoning up his dress shirt in front of the locker-room mirror. His fair was flawless; his overall look very Hedi Slimane. But there was something off—he was too tall for his frame. We looked down and realized he was wearing a killer pair of black women’s heels. We chalked it up to him being an eccentric, but a recent article in the New York Times‘ Style section suggests this is part of a burgeoning trend—at least in Los Angeles, where more than a dozen fellows in Ferragamos or Fendis can be found at Mr. Black in Hollywood.
Has the Sex And The City-induced obsession with Louboutins, Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks finally gotten its claws into gay men who otherwise have no interest in wearing women’s clothing?
Mr. Black promoter Luke Nero tells reporter Tricia Romano, “I went to a loft party yesterday, and there was a guy in normal shorts, normal tank and really hot red pumps. That’s it! Everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, I love those shoes!’”
Perhaps the most famous high-heel homo is hairstylist Derek J, who matched women’s pumps with jeans and a sweater on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2009, “the same year that the designer Rad Hourani sent male models down the runway in boot heels,” Romano points out.
We can see this really taking off in Los Angeles, where nobody walks farther than the distance from the door to the car. But unlike, women, New York homos are hardly willing to suffer for fashion.
But what do we know—we’re still wearing Keds.
Image via Lisa Norwood