“Men are like bulls. They cannot resist the red sole”[i]. Christian Louboutin casts no doubt on the impact of a Louboutin stiletto on a man. “Then, what does red do to women?” a plausible question sprang to mind when during a Sunday afternoon walk in the vibrant center of Knokke, I came across a pair of hot red patent leather Saint Crispin's.
Perfectly polished, dipped into a juicy unconventional color from tip to heel and laces, but still retaining a masculine elegance, those Oxfords had definitely caught my full attention. “It is the latest trend” Cedric from Les Barons replied to my obviously surprised and interested look. “And it even comes with a matching belt” he continued handing me one to observe. Enjoying a guided tour in the shop, I soon ran into more revelations: massive masculine boots in intense red and black combinations with warm and comfortable interior lining in Kashmir wool, all shades of red elements in moccasins and loafers, plus the potential to order customized versions in any color combination the customer can come up with.
It seems to me that men have grown tired of classic and conservative. More and more, they step their foot down and dare to try newly proposed trends. The world of fashion calls for male emancipation!
To answer the initial question, I don’t think the trend derives from the inability of women to resist a red shoe. On the contrary, most of them would look at it with a dose of skepticism before they finally got used to the idea. I just suppose the modern gentleman wants to be noticed, demands to have a say and claims his rights to fashion. Just beware: according to the advice by the first female designer who introduced pants for ladies, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory” (Coco Chanel). Less is more. Gentlemen, let fifty shades of red elevate your look.
[i] “Solemate” by Lauren Collins in NewYorker.com
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