In times of ambiguous gender- relate stereotypes, the question pops up constantly when it comes to be creative with clothes.
Although it happened several times during the 20th century, the new millennium started fresh new with all that attempt to reinventing the fashion “gender musts”. Less than twenty years later, here we are, wondering how to make masculine style softer and harden up the female top classical clothes.
Can women wear men’s dress shoes?
Here is my advice to those women who are willing to update their wardrobe by just changing one single item: the shoes. Specially when those shoes are from men’s shoe section because there will be some issues to be solved besides the style- wise ones. Let me explain: it is more a matter of fit that a matter of style: Usually men’s shoes are wider and longer than women options, and the sizing is different between genders. So it would be somehow harder to find the shoe that fits perfectly a woman’s feet, although you can be prepared to wear them with a pair of insoles to make them feel and fit better.
Now, style wise, you can totally do it.Of course, you can just go for masculine shoe designs on women’s sizing. From combat boots to oxford lace shoes, there are plenty of classic male styles and, still, made for women’s feet. They can be a great statement piece of clothing for any girly outfit: Just remember the 50’s poodle full skirts and bicolor leather brogues or gen X’s total look, like Gwen Stefani’s 90’s style.
Androgynous style is here and will not go anywhere soon. A woman can totally pull out a great look with masculine shoes, as long as she feels comfortable in her own skin and wardrobe choices.
Are you ready to ditch the heels and the ballerina flats? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
*This text was first posted on Quora as an answer to that same question. You can follow me there and up vote my answer here.
** Photo: Shoes: Zara, picture by me.
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