- Ashley Maxwell-Lam enters the corporate world in stilettos three times a week
- The Sydney project manager, 30, says the shoes make him feel ‘invincible’
- A tall female co-worker inspired him wear the traditionally feminine shoe
From the ankles up Ashley Maxwell-Lam looks like the thousands of other city slickers who arrive at Sydney’s offices each day.
But it’s his interesting choice of footwear that sets the 30-year-old apart.
More often that not, when Ashley gets ready for his day as a project manager in the insurance industry, he doesn’t leave the house without donning a pair of stiletto heels.
Mile in these shoes: Ashley Maxwell-Lam rocks a pair of stilettos to his corporate job in Sydney up to three times a week
‘It’s fierce. No one expects to see a six-foot-tall man walking in six-inch stilettos,’ Ashley told news.com.au.
The decision to start wearing the style of shoe many women detest happened a year ago when Ashley became inspired by a tall female co-worker who told him heels make her feel confident and strong.
‘I thought about it and went to a shoe store and tried them on and it was if a light bulb switched on,’ he recently told The Project.
The 30-year-old project manager says as soon as he put on a pair of heels he felt ‘invincible’
‘I felt confident, I felt invincible, I felt empowered; like I could take on anything and do anything.’
So far, Ashley’s collection has grown to nine pairs, with four pairs for work and the other five for play.
Despite initially admitting approaching his boss about the subject was ‘scary’ at the time, Ashley knew the benefits would out way any potential criticism.
He now describes his combination of office attire as ‘dapper feminine’, a term as unique as the man behind the shoe.
‘I felt confident, I felt invincible, I felt empowered; like I could take on anything and do anything,’ Ashley says are his feelings when six-inches off the ground