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.
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.
The minimalist kicks reimagine a basketball shoe in top-to-bottom white. They’re available for $690 on Mrporter.com.
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.
The guests included NFL star Victor Cruz, actors Matt Bomer and Chord Overstreet, comedian Joel McHale and Olympic medalist Danell Leyva.