2009 might be remembered more for that ‘recession’ word that keeps being mentioned on the news, but we are also in the middle of a glorious awakening. Blog-God Scott Schumann witnesses these moments and shows the world, and little gay boys or mod-boys or metro sexual men alike are translating this into their own lives, into their own wardrobes. They are no longer content with the bland wardrobe pallets of a suburban guest room.
Shoe designers have been selling their artwork to women for hundreds of years-- iconography that you live your life in. So why can’t men get in on the action?
Mens Evening pumps by Christian Louboutin
It's no wonder household names like the above mentioned have designed with their fashionisto following in mind. Mr. Louboutin designed these studded beauties (also photographed with eccentric Euro-pop singer Mika in blue) but you try find them online. You can’t. It’s damn near impossible.
But the demand is there, I assure you.
Manolo Blahnik (below) and his mens shoe range (above)
As for pricing what can you expect? You’re getting luxury styling, quality and the chance to be one of few wearing something original? Doesn’t each step pay for itself? You might not be making an investment in terms of money but shoes that cost a lot tend to last longer than their cheaper cousins. And honestly wouldn’t it make more sense to buy five good (or fabulous, however you look at it) pairs of shoes over ten or fifteen that won’t see the new year before they see a scuff or tear?
So when should we expect more red-heeled action on the mens side of shoe-wear? What kind of demand are they waiting for? Louboutin, not too long ago mentioned in an interview that he had no interest in designing for a man but slowly I’m witnessing a change. So far only the studded, python and evening variety have made an appearance, but I can only hope to see more come soon. Do you?
Christian Louboutin python photo courtesy of Carlos Sousa.