Yes, there is a feeling of manliness. I wonder how those Romans ever fought in sandals. Perhaps those je ne sais quoi feelings arise when one sees another in boots. Perhaps a feeling of strong brotherhood, etc. I went to see a military drill team. I was photographing the soldiers as they were deboarding the bus. One man struck a girlish pose. I said to him "No" I went back for an afternoon performance. This time I was wearing my spit-shined Corcorans. He certainly changed his opinion and almost apologized. I said -It's OK, don't worry about it. This observation is not directed to you, BamaBoy. You have made yourself clear. BUT, I bet there are some here like me.