In Which The New York Times Attempts To Make Men In Heels A Thing

Julie Gerstein / October 20, 2011

New York Times, just quit it. Nobody is buying your  purported claims that men are now wearing high heels. Because they are not. THEY ARE NOT! As everyone knows, a New York Times trend story is what happens when a New York Times writer or editor has a friend that does something quirky. All the sudden, it’s a trend. It’s not a trend. Still, writer Tricia Romano does a very good job of stretching her acquaintance with several heel-wearing dudes into a puff piece on the allure, the appeal, the sexy luxury of men wearing heels. 

But hello! 1) Dudes wearing heels — in gay culture, anyway — is nothing new. Gay men have rocked pumps with fierceness since the dawn of drag. What Romano seems to be mystified by is that these guys are going out in shoe-drag. “I always make it very clear that I am a man, and I’m not trying to portray an illusion to anybody,” explained Sean Wagner, an itinerant heel-wearing man in Los Angeles.

And 2) You’re still never going to see a bunch of straight dudes trying to pull off this trend. Sure, there was a moment in glam rock, some 30 years ago, when David Bowie and David Johansson pranced around in sky-high platform boots, but straight dudes rocking straight up stilettos? Why would they even bother? What interest would straight men have in co-opting one of womankind’s best weapons of seduction? 

So no, Tricia Romano and the Times, I’m not ready to give you props for uncovering a secret stiletto-ed world. [NYTimes]