With the sun shining and the weather warming up, I often see many men commit a huge style (and common decency) NOPE! What is this blunder you ask? Well, it occurs when men wear sandals or any open-toe variation shoe. Let me make myself clear: aside from a few specific scenarios, a man should never wear sandals, flip-flops or any sort of lacy/strappy piece of footwear on his foot.
Why shouldn’t men wear sandals, flip-flops or any sort of open-toed shoe?
Let’s face it, men have disgusting feet. Men’s feet are hairy, rough and veiny with disgusting toes and toe nails. It’s a sight that no one wants to see. There are many times where I’m at a restaurant, bar or coffee shop and while I’m trying to enjoy myself, I’m forced have the unpleasantness of a man airing out his sweaty feet in my periphery. By wearing open–toed shoes, not only are you doing your style a disservice, you are negatively affecting those around you.
2. Sandals are extremely feminine
Women go to great lengths to show off their feet with pedicures etc. You often hear women saying: “I can’t wait to show off my cute toes because I just had a pedicure!” Are you a man who wants to show off your “cute” toes? On a related note, an argument sandal aficionados make is: “men can wear nice leather sandals as long as they’re not flip flops.” Firstly refer to point 1 of this article. Secondly, these “nice leather sandals” very much resemble women’s footwear:
3. Flip-flops and Sandals are impractical
In most situations, sandals are extremely impractical. Research has shown that flip-flops are bad for your feet in many ways causing negative changes in foot gait, misalignments and pain in the knees, hips and back and perhaps the most troubling of all, the prolonged exposure of the feet to the sun can cause skin cancer! Also, leaving your feet exposed just attracts dirt from dirty streets, urine and god knows what in public restrooms and leaves yourself extremely vulnerable to cuts, scrapes and even the occasional accidental stomp in areas filled with lots of people. Oh, and good luck to you if you’re wearing sandals and need to run somewhere quick.
When is it appropriate to wear sandals?
The times where you can wear sandals are when you’re:
- At the beach
- At a swimming pool
- Taking a shower in a public shower
So basically when there’s something involving water, wearing sandals is ok. If you train in any sort of martial art, wearing sandals to and from the mat is okay too. With that said, certain sandals are never to be worn. Case in point: Teva Sandals. These monstrosities are never acceptable:
This sandal is the ultimate eye-sore combining strappy with bulky. Stay away from these at all costs.
What to wear instead of sandals:
So if sandals are not to be worn outside of a few specific situations, what are men to wear in the summer? Here at Well Built Style, we like to keep things simple but stylish. Good summer appropriate shoes to wear instead of flip-flops/sandals include (but are not limited to) canvas sneakers and boat-shoes.
The beauty of these types of shoes is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look sharp. Good looking canvas sneakers can be purchased for $50 or less and boat-shoes can be found for under $100. Conversely, because sneakers and boat shoes are made by many different labels with a wide range of price points, those of you with more money and want a more “unique” shoe have the option of spending a bit more to buy a shoe that is worn by fewer people. For a more in-depth look at what type of footwear to wear in the summer, be sure to check our articles on shoes.
There you have it. No one wants to see men’s feet. So next time you’re about to leave the house and are thinking about putting on a pair of sandals, hopefully you’ll think back to this article and avoid a style blunder by telling yourself: NOPE!