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Poll Results: Do you think a man could wear those women's boots?

 
  • 12% (3)
    Yes, you can wear them, no one will notice they are women's boots
  • 16% (4)
    Yes, but a few people might notice they are women's boots
  • 4% (1)
    Maybe, maybe not, it depends on who sees them
  • 8% (2)
    No, you might fool a few people, but not everyone
  • 60% (15)
    No, they are clearly women's boots, you can't get away with it
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I know this is a weird question, but I am interested in these boots: http://www.barefoottess.com/shop-all/shop-all-boots/bft-dayton-bk.html I am a man and I like wearing boots, but all men's boots look the same to me and are all ankle boots. I find them very boring (no offense to anyone who likes them). I also want something higher, but I also don't like cowboy boots. So I began looking at buying women's boots that could pass for men's boots. I am not a cross-dresser or gay or metorsexual or anything like that. I am just a normal straight guy, 35 and married. I selected the boots at the above link because they can be worn with a my pant legs covering the shaft and only the foot part showing. All of the straps and buckles will be hidden and what will be visible looks like it could be a men's shoe or boot. In fact, I may see about removing the straps and buckles all together if I do purchase these boots. So what do you think? Could I get away with wearing these boots? Or is it obvious that they are meant for women?

post #2 of 17
There are plenty of non-ankle boots for men.
post #3 of 17



Welcome to Styleforum.
Womens legs, generally, are much thinner than mens legs. Even with your comparatively thicker leg, these boots scream female. The only acceptable application for you with the boots you refer to would be either as part of a pirate costume or if you engage in cross dressing. My strong advice would be to not buy these and if you do anyway, consider that they are not leather and removing the straps will only make them look worse.
Womens boots tend to have a very slender foot shape and rounder toe boxes than mens.

Engineer boots or Biker boots are two examples of taller boots for men. They are available in various heights and stylings. Frye, Red Wing and Wolverine are just 3 suggestions that are affordable, feature leather uppers and will be far more versatile and last a lot longer than those lady boots. Also, they will look decidedly male.
Perhaps try also posting your question to our Streewear & Denim section of the forum as you will receive a lot more suggestions than I have given. http://www.styleforum.net/f/13/streetwear-and-denim


Frye 'Rogan' Engineer boot


Red Wing 'Amber' Harness Boot


Wolverine 'Stockton' Engineer boot
post #4 of 17
Man of Lint, you are too kind.
post #5 of 17
Around here women have been wearing biker boots for years. Most people seeing some one in biker boots is going to think they dressed out of the GF's closet.
post #6 of 17
Nicola, I am seeing more men wearing taller boots but only with streetwear.
Liquidus, thank you.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

Man of Lint, you are too kind.

+1. Was going to say that.
post #8 of 17
If you are looking for something similar to those women's boots try googling filzstiefel or schaftstiefel. These are German/Austrian high felt with leather or all leather boots.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

Welcome to Styleforum.
Womens legs, generally, are much thinner than mens legs. Even with your comparatively thicker leg, these boots scream female. The only acceptable application for you with the boots you refer to would be either as part of a pirate costume or if you engage in cross dressing. My strong advice would be to not buy these and if you do anyway, consider that they are not leather and removing the straps will only make them look worse.
Womens boots tend to have a very slender foot shape and rounder toe boxes than mens.
Engineer boots or Biker boots are two examples of taller boots for men. They are available in various heights and stylings. Frye, Red Wing and Wolverine are just 3 suggestions that are affordable, feature leather uppers and will be far more versatile and last a lot longer than those lady boots. Also, they will look decidedly male.
Perhaps try also posting your question to our Streewear & Denim section of the forum as you will receive a lot more suggestions than I have given. http://www.styleforum.net/f/13/streetwear-and-denim

 

Thank you for your suggestions Man of Lint. I am not going for a pirate costume or cross dressing, so I'll keep looking for some other boots. My biggest problem with most taller men's boots is that the shaft of the boot fits very loosely. I would really like it to be more snug. I had a pair of Frye boots about 10 years ago and I was never really happy with them because they felt very heavy and the shaft was very big. I also want the inside to either be smooth leather or a smooth synthetic material. So finding a smooth lining, a snug shaft and a style I like is very hard to do. I'll check out the streetwear and denim section as you suggested to see if anyone there has any ideas.

 

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Originally Posted by gsugsu View Post

If you are looking for something similar to those women's boots try googling filzstiefel or schaftstiefel. These are German/Austrian high felt with leather or all leather boots.

 

I tried googling those words, but didn't find anything. Do you have links to sites that sell those boots?

post #10 of 17
Those women's boots are based on men's military boots. You can get them custom made for about $350 by the same company that made them for General Patton: Dehner Boots.
post #11 of 17
In general, men's shoes are wider than women's shoes and have more volume all around. Unless you have unusually narrow and slender feet, I highly doubt that any women's sized shoe will come close to fitting. Follow EmptyM's sage counsel.
post #12 of 17

Sockless74 … Sure you can wear them, but if you are concerned about someone identifying them as women’s boots, perhaps search for something a bit “simpler” (no straps/buckles) or more “masculine” (think motorcycle boots).  I’m with you, I find typical men’s boots to be big and clunky and not at all what I want to wear.  There are many variations among women’s riding boots – height of heel, buckles/straps, no buckles/straps – and among these variations are many that look to me to be rather “gender neutral”, and in some cases actually rather masculine.   For example, look at the Audrey Brooke Taylor - a very simple riding boot with no embellishments – sure looks suitable for a man to me.  If you like a more rugged boot, take a look at the Doc Marten’s Robin.  I tried it this morning and loved it, but its rather expensive at $220.

 

 

 

As far as fit, it will depend on the individual.  I take a 9 ½ US men’s size, but find that a woman’s 11 “may” fit.  The problem is the width of the boot, not all medium width boots are created equal.  Some are way too narrow, others fit my foot just fine.  You just have to try them.

Good luck finding a good looking tall boot that you will be comfortable with.

post #13 of 17
post #14 of 17

It's not a weird question. I agree that men's boots are quite dull and I too like the higher styles that women wear. I have about 20 pairs of women's boots which I have been wearing both at home and at the office. My wife is okay with that, and in the ten years that I've been wearing them, no male has said anything (men are generally not very observant) and have received only a couple of comments from young women, one of whom commented on their height. When I told her they were women's boots she thought it was great that I was open enough to do that. The other woman who works in my building wears the same size shoe as me and commented that I should not be surprised if one day she wants to swap shoes/boots with me.I always wear the boots under my pants, and if they have buckles I want them to fit tight to the leg so there are telltale bulges in my pants legs.

post #15 of 17

I had been searching for a "tall" boot for several weeks.  Since they are nearly impossible to find in men's stores, that really means that I have been searching women's boots for that "perfect" boot.  Today I found it.  At Nordstrom Rack (their outlet store) a  $300 boot by Donald J Pliner for $55.  Low heel, black leather, no embellishments (buckles, etc).  I couldn't pass it up.  Very well made, looks very sharp, should work both with skinny jeans tucked in and boot cut jeans on the outside.

 

http://www.6pm.com/donald-j-pliner-bixbi3?zfcTest=mat%3A1

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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