Meet Maxwell-Lam, the Australian ‘Businessman’ Who Prefers Wearing High Heels Shoes to Work

A businessman has abandoned his men’s shoes for a pair of six-inch heels he wears for work.

Ashley Maxwell-Lam, who recently moved from Queensland to Sydney, Australia, was prompted to change his footwear after his female colleague told him “her heels made her feel powerful”.
Now Mr Maxwell-Lam, a project manager for a major bank, owns nine pairs – five sparkly shoes for nights out and four plain colours for work – leaving him feeling “empowered”.

He told “Exactly what she [his colleague] said rang true. I’ve never felt more empowered than when putting on a pair of stilettos and walking through a marble lobby.”

Describing his look as “dapper feminine”, Mr Maxwell-Lam insists he doesn’t want to become a woman, he just loves the “contrast between masculinity and femininity” which makes people “question things”.

Ashley added: “I’m not going to lie, I like the attention, it’s an out-there thing to do, but it’s not the reason why I do it.”


Ashley claims to receive a lot of harsh criticism from people in what he describes as his own gay community.

He claimed that some people asked him, “Why are you wearing a heel, it’s disgusting, are you a man? ”

Maxwell-Lam, the businessman who wears high heels for work


Refusing to be touched by their comments, Ashley said that her mother taught her to be resilient, so he takes “the wrong side of things”.

Although he does not wear heels every day, he makes sure to wear them when he has new clients to meet.

” It’s a huge topic of conversation, an icebreaker ,” he told the news site.

Mr. Maxwell-Lam’s choice of shoes may stir up the curiosity of his city’s residents, but he could easily strut around in hilarious supermarket advertising.



Written by How Africa

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