However, if you are vertically challenged like; Karl Lagerfeld, Prince, Richard Hammond and Nicolas Sarkozy then I imagine the discreet(ish) Cuban heel is a godsend. Spanish flamenco dancers seem to like them for their height and the “clunk” they make.
Here though we are talking of something a bit more extreme than an extra inch on the heel. It seems that height-enhancing footwear has begun to permeate across a broader demographic. For the first time since Glam Rock peaked three decades ago, men of average height are discovering the delights of a few extra inches. Men are taking to the man-heel or “meel”.
Eddie Izzard often wears heels but then he is openly camp. A friend of ours, who has small feet used, to don a pair of ladies’ heels at parties just for a laugh. I doubt that he would wear them outside though like the bright young thing in this photo from the Times newspaper.
You can be sure that I will not be embracing this latest fashion. Those shoes would be lethal on some of the streets around Bigastro!