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It’s starting to warm up, and I’d love to hear what women think about mandals. You know, men wearing sandals. I was totally that guy in high school who wore his Birkenstocks almost all year round. Is it acceptable? Or are women just turned off by the sight of a man’s slightly hairy, very ugly feet?
Thanks for reading.
Meanwhile… also in Beth’s inbox…
Summer seems a long way off, but since I grew up on a coast I’m looking forward to the warmer weather. And warm weather to me equals flip flops. Most of the “style gurus” from Esquire, GQ, etc… all seem to shun a man showing his toes. Even in the warmest of climates during the hottest part of the year. I’ve never heard a woman say she finds it unattractive. Are flip flops that serious of an infraction from a woman’s perspective?
Hello Paul and Dan,
How fortuitous that two devoted readers should write me with the same question. Don’t know what fortuitous means? Shameful. Look it up and then write a letter to your state representative about the hideous condition of English education in your region.
First of all, I’m so glad that Paul has taken my cue from two weeks ago (manties) to reference mandals. What other words can we come up with? Mants? Mackets? Somehow these words don’t have the same melodious ring. Ah, well.
Second of all, how ridiculous that women and/or style gurus would tell men that they can’t wear sandals because their feet are ugly. Puh-lease. Yes, men have hairy feet, and are perhaps less likely to pay close attention to issues of aesthetics, like ragged toenails. But I suspect the public will survive an occasional chance sighting of the dreaded manfoot if it happens across their line of vision during the warmer months of the year. It’s a foot! Plus, there are plenty of women out there who aren’t getting regular pedicures and no one is forbidding them from wearing sandals. Men of the world–wear sandals! Feel the breeze through your unsightly toes! Take control of your foot destiny!
One caveat. Dan mentions flip flops specifically. Flip flops and sandals are different in my book. When I hear flip flops, I think plastic/foam cheapies you get from the drugstore. When I hear sandals, I think leather/cork shoes you get from the department store. Yes, some leather sandals might have the thong (not that kind) construction, but they’re a higher quality, more classic- and mature-looking shoe than your flippy-floppies (which are best reserved for the beach).
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