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How a timid hhplace.org member was turned into a leader
Six years ago I sat isolated in a room thinking I was the only man on earth who liked to wear high heels. I felt alone, timid, and cautious about my interest. Then one day while surfing the internet, I discovered the Adelphia forums for men who like to wear high heels. Back then, I was careful to make sure no one could see my computer screen. I was paranoid that other people that used my computer after me might figure out what sites I was visiting. I was pretty much afraid to wear my high heels outside in public.
Then a few months later, Firefox, Xaphod, Calv, Richie, jagman, and a few others held a heel meet in Belgium.
Together they decided to form the hhplace.org megaforum, which lasted from December of 2001 until August of 2006 under the ownership of Jeff.
For a couple of years, I skimmed the forums and posted here and there. I was a moderately passive member, still handicapped by my own internal reservations.
The USA's first Heel Meet in NYC
Until March 2005 arrived. That was the month of the first ever heel meet in the United States held in NYC. Gary0618 organized the meet and about 7 people showed up. I thought meeting people online was powerful...how much more powerful was it to meet these people in Real Life.
That month marked a turning point in my contributions to hhplace. Since that month, I am still close friends with Gary0618 and crotchhiboots and am consistently contributing to our community in any way I can. 4 of the 5 most viewed threads in the For the Guys section were started by me.
I say these thing not to impress you, but to impress upon you how powerful a tool the heel meet was in spurring my latent heeling genius to life. Soon after the March meet, I met HeelD and Ken.
The birth of the Annual World Heel Meet
At this time I realized I was onto something. If heel meets were this powerful a healing device in my life, how powerful could they be for others too? So I went to the drawing board, and the World Heel Meet 2006 was born. But this wasn't to be just any heel meet, this was to be an Annual Heel Meet, that would grow and grow and get better and better and bigger and bigger every year. Look at what some people had to say about the 2006 meet:
a3 from Holland said it, "The main this is; is was a great succes to meet the members from different countrise and even to talk to. And the support of the hole group while walking in publick. The take from some of us to put there experience to the rest is nice."
Robert from Gouda said, "About a month ago I decided to go to the meet, because the number of attendees was growing and the nationalities became divers. I thought this was going to be a special meet, and it has been."
heeluis said, "The next day as the others were still sleeping I decided to take a morning walk to check if I still could walk on heels and I have to say : it was edgy. My feet were still sour.
A guy who was standing next to me at a red light, suddenly asked me:
Excuse me sir, can I ask you a question? Are those high heels? Can I see them?
I showed him my white boots and he told me: great! How can you walk on those? Aren't your feet sour? I lied of course!....it was a great weekend indeed.
19 people from countries all over the world attended the World Heel Meet 2006, which was an hhplace.org record then.
The 2d Annual World Heel Meet
I knew that if I wanted my original vision to become a reality, I would have to work it year after year after year. So I organized the World Heel Meet 2007 . 28 people from 7 countries wound up attending that meet.
iloveboots from Vancouver said , "Without a doubt, a wonderful 3 days. As the folks from Mastercard put it....
............plane tickets to London from Vancouver, $800
.............hotel in London £60
..............A night at Torture Garden £25
................A day at the Miller £8
....................New friendships PRICELESS!!!
In fact, iloveboots like the meet so much, that he is part of the Organizational Campaign for the 2008 meet now...and doing a wonderful job to boot.
Pumps said it was, "I was really cool meeting you guys and it was really cool going out to bars in heels. Never did that before
Never tired on womens shoes in store before."
Fog said, "Yes, like everyone else who posted we had a great time. Morgan M lived up to my hopes and expectations. Just as well as I'd suggested it to Kneehighs. The Miller also was a great venue. We spent the whole afternoon sitting in the sunshine and chatting. We had no great desire to go shopping and were feeling a bit weary from a hard week, so beer (Ruddles) sunshine and chatting were just the thing."
ramon020 from Amsterdam thought the food at The Miller was a success.
All in all, the heel meets have been a resounding success. They have given members the chance to wear high heels in public for the first time, try heels on in stores for the first time, wear heeels to restaurants and bars for the first time, and forge relationships with other like minded freestyers for the first time.
World Heel Meet 2008: London, Saturday Feb. 16th
It is with this in mind that iloveboots and I cordially invite you to the World Heel Meet 2008 in London. We have exclusive use of The Miller from 10:30-17:00, and as you read above, The Miller received good reviews from past attendees. Best of all, The Miller gives the timid freestyler the private and confidential environment with which to experiment with wearing hihg heels in front of others.
You can read updated details here about who is attending. As well, be sure to read the Official Thread for the World Heel Meet here.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write either myself, iloveboots, admirer5577, or Dr Shoe with your questions.
On behalf of the World Heel Meet 2008 Committee, we look forward to meeting you in person.