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”.
He told news.com.au: “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.