Man wears heels to work to feel ‘fierce’, defies bigots

Jasmine Andersson March 10, 2018
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A man has spoken out about his love of wearing heels to work in the heady world of the finance industry.

Ashley Maxwell-Lam, who works in a skyscraper in Sydney, Australia, said he loves wearing the heels to work because they make him feel “fierce”.

“It’s fierce. No one expects to see a six-foot-tall man walking in six-inch stilettos,” he said to

The project manager decided to don a pair of heels when he was inspired by a French trio of male dancers in high heels.

After a co-worker loaned her heels to him, he realised that the look was perfect for him.

“When I decided to wear them at work, I told my (manager) and she said, ‘Let me just confirm that’s OK.’ It was her making sure I wouldn’t get in trouble, but I replied, ‘This is not me asking, this is not a request, this is me telling you I’m going to be wearing heels.’”

“I always pair my belt with my heels. If I wear my grey slacks with a red belt I’ll wear my red shoes,” he said.

“At the weekend, it might be sparkly heels with black skinny-leg jeans and a muscle tee or purple ones if I’m going clubbing.

“I don’t want to be a woman, I love being a man. I just love the complete contrast between masculinity and femininity. It makes people question things, just because he’s gay and wears nails doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to use a chainsaw.”

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