Designer Mike Amiri Has the Best Advice on How Men Can Wear Higher Heels

Mike Amiri loves a shoe that gives a boost in height.

“I like seeing higher heels for men — I think it’s becoming more acceptable to go further and further,” the designer shared with Footwear News on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at Mr Porter’s “Made in California” capsule collection launch party.

Mr Porter made in california partyDesigner Mike Amiri at the Mr Porter “Made in California” launch party in Los Angeles. REX Shutterstock.
Mike Amiri boots stackDetail of Mike Amiri’s “Stack” boots at the Mr Porter “Made in California” launch party in Los Angeles. REX Shutterstock.

He advises men who want to experiment with the silhouette to cautiously make a progression. “I always say, ‘Stick to whatever you’re comfortable with, then add a quarter inch each time.’”

Amiri had on his namesake Stack boots at Mr Porter’s capsule collection showcase inspired by the West Coast. They feature a 1.4-inch heel and, in his description, a “Shar-Pei”-looking suede upper (available online for $990).

The e-tailer’s “Made in California” line features 12 brands with California roots, including L.A.-based Amiri, who designed a slick “Sunset” leather high-top sneaker for the collection.

amiri boots shoes sneakers made in california mr porterAmiri’s “Sunset” leather high-top sneakers for Mr Porter’s “Made in California” capsule collection, $690; mrporter.com. Courtesy of Mr Porter.

The minimalist kicks reimagine a basketball shoe in top-to-bottom white. They’re available for $690 on Mrporter.com.

Among some of the other shoes included in the range are “Zuma” neoprene canvas slip-ons by James Perse ($395) and an edgy “Blistered” stretch-nubuck sneaker boot by Rick Owens ($1,690).

mr porter made in california rick owens boots partyRick Owens’ “Blistered” stretch-nubuck sneaker boots for Mr Porter’s “Made in California” collection, $1,690; mrporter.com. Courtesy of Mr Porter.

The full collection, available on Mrporter.com, includes jackets, T-shirts, trousers, hats, hoodies and more from labels The Elder Statesman, Golden Bear, John Elliott, Mollusk Surf, Noon Goons, Outerknown, Second/Layer, Simon Miller and Stussy.

Mr Porter made in california party victor cruz chris stampNFL star Victor Cruz (left) and designer Chris Stamp at the Mr Porter “Made in California” launch party in Los Angeles. REX Shutterstock.

The guests included NFL star Victor Cruz, actors Matt Bomer and Chord Overstreet, comedian Joel McHale and Olympic medalist Danell Leyva.

Click through the gallery to view more celebrity style at the event.