aminor asked: On opera pumps: pumps were invented for men by men. There were worn from at least the time of Louis the XIV until the mid-19th century by men and men exclusively. There's even references to men's pumps in "Taming of the Shrew" and "Midsummer Night's Dream". Ladies learned a long time ago that just because a man does it, doesn't mean they can't do it either. It's about time men learned the same lesson. Grow up people.
Frankly, most people who think they’re too feminine have never seen them in practice. The reality is that when worn, they look simple and clean, not feminine.