Sam Smith hits the red carpet in heels for the first time

When it comes to his personal style, Sam Smith has never been one to play it safe. This week marked a notable fashion first for the singer-songwriter, who hit the 2019 GQ Men of the Year Awards in London in a pair of black Gucci heels. 

The four-time Grammy winner posted a snapshot of his footwear on Instagram, along with a caption describing Tuesday night’s personal significance.

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Sam Smith arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Sam Smith arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Tate Modern, Bankside in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Tate Modern, Bankside in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith and Winnie Harlow attend the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith and Stormzy attend the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Smith attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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“Tonight I wore heels for the first time to an award show,” wrote Smith, who publicly identified as genderqueer and nonbinary earlier this year. “I’ve just got home from a gorgeous evening and as I was walking to my front door I stopped and listened to my heels clonking against the floor. And I just thought ‘FUCK YES’!!”

“There was a time where I thought I’d never ever ever be able to be myself like this in front of the industry or anyone,” he wrote, adding: “They’ll always be my virgin heels.”

On Wednesday, he posted a photo showing his complete red carpet look. 

While the heels were making their award show debut, the 27-year-old has been embracing gender-bending fashion for some time.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Sam Smith attends the #YSLBeautyClub party in collaboration with Sink The Pink at The Curtain on August 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for L'Oreal UK)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Sam Smith attends the #YSLBeautyClub party in collaboration with Sink The Pink at The Curtain on August 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for L'Oreal UK)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 09: Noted television producer Ken Ehrlich (L) and recording artist Sam Smith attend Capitol Music Group's Premiere Of New Music And Projects For Industry And Media at ArcLight Cinemas on August 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Capitol Music Group)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Sam Smith is seen on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Pressphotodirect/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Sam Smith attends the Lacoste VIP Lounge at ATP World Finals 2016 on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for LACOSTE)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Sam Smith attends a private view of 'Bowie/Collector', the personal art collection of David Bowie, at Sotheby's on November 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sam Smith attends the launch of the Esquire Townhouse with Dior on October 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: (L to R) Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah and MNEK attend the launch of the Annabel's Smoking Jacket by Casely Hayford at Annabel's on October 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel's)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Tinie Tempah (L) and Sam Smith attend the evian Live Young suite during Wimbledon 2016 at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian )
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Singer Sam Smith performs with Disclosure onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Sam Smith is seen in Soho on March 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith (best original song) 88th Academy Awards Hollywood, CA February 28, 2016 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Sam Smith attends the 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sammy Smith/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Sam Smith arrives at the SAINT LAURENT At The Palladium at Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singers/songwriters Jimmy Napes (L) and Sam Smith attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: In this handout image supplied by Ray-Ban, Sam Smith poses at the Ray-Ban Rooms at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park on June 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ray-Ban via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist Sam Smith accepts the Top Radio Songs Artist award via video onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Singer Sam Smith (via video) performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 04: Singer Sam Smith (R) and the CEO of Universal Music Deutschland, Frank Briegmann, pose for a picture after a concert at Zenith on March 4, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images for Universal Music)
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith poses with his British breakthrough act award and his BRITs global success award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMER (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Sam Smith attends the Burberry Prorsum AW 2015 arrivals during London Fashion Week at Kensington Gardens on February 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Sam Smith attends the Universal Music Group 2015 Post GRAMMY Party at The Theatre Ace Hotel Downtown LA on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Sam Smith (R) and songwriter James Napier accept the Song of the Year award for 'Stay With Me' onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Sam Smith performs at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Sam Smith performs onstage during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Singer Sam Smith performs at the Red Bull Sound Space at 97.1 AMP Radio on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for AMP Radio)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Sam Smith performs at The Apollo Theater on June 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Capitol Records)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY Sam Smith visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on June 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Sam Smith attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Sam Smith performs onstage with Disclosure during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sam Smith performs at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Live Nation)
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“I love a heel,” he told The Sunday Times in 2017. “I’ve got loads of heels at home.” It’s a point he’s since emphasized on social media with numerous images of him wearing platforms and stilettos.

Incidentally, Smith is set to pay tribute to another Hollywood icon known for fabulous footwear. 

He’s slated to appear on the soundtrack of the new Judy Garland biopic, “Judy,” performing “Get Happy” as a duet with the film’s star, Renée Zellweger. The movie hits theaters Sept. 27. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Rita Ora attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
Nicole Kidman arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: David Beckham, Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham attend GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
James Middleton arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Campbell attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Elle Fanning arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Sam Smith arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Winnie Harlow arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Gordon & Tanya Ramsey arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Richard Madden arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Charli XCX arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Iggy Pop arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Patrick Stewart arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Debbie Harry arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Michael Sheen arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Adwoa Aboah arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Ella Eyre arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Leomie Anderson arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Danny O'Donoghue & Mark Sheehan arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Charlotte De Carle arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Gary Kemp arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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