Over the years, the Mrs and I have had a continuing difference of opinion about sandals. The bottom line is that she likes them on men, and I hate them. The reason for me is clear; the majority of men’s feet are hairy, most men don’t care for their toe nails, their toes are odd shaped, their feet are usually neanderthal looking, and just plain ugly.
I’ll be careful not to ‘over generalize’ because I know some men actually do have ‘nice’ feet. Me being one of them (according the Mrs). By nice, I mean high arches, toes all aligned symmetrically at even, descending lengths, and very little hair. That would be mine. So, she thinks I need to wear sandals because it will show off my feet, keep them ‘aired out’, and even make me look more masculine.
Masculine is where I draw the line. Being raised in a cooler climate and during a time when only ‘Hippies’ wore sandals, I find it hard to view them as manly. Very much the opposite in fact. To me, manly men wear shoes, boots, hiking shoes, cowboy boots, or fashionable tennis shoes. If they wear flip flops, well, I won’t even go there… I will admit that I did break down and began to wear ankle socks with my tennis shoes a few years back (that took some time for me to do).
It’s just that most of the men I see who wear sandals, wear the open-toe kind and they often have big, hairy toes that usually are out of whack and just nasty. I find them more in line with men from the dark ages than with modern day fashion.
Summer will be here soon and the battle will be on again with the Mrs over what footwear to don while outside. This year, I decided to pull a one-up on her and purchase a pair of sandals that hide the toes and look, well, manlier than most; they’re more like hiking sandals. These, I think I’ll be able to wear without too much self-consciousness happening. Maybe I’ll even wear them with socks (just kidding). Needless to say, she was pleasantly surprised and even slightly shocked. We’ll see how many times I actually put them on (probably only when we go out on a date or for a walk around our town square).
I know I’m not alone out there, I’m sure there are women and men alike who would agree with me who wish some guys would just put some socks on already…please. I understand that there’s probably a few people who will read this and think I’m just an old-fashioned guy who needs to get with the times. That’s ok. They can wear their sandals whenever they want. I’ll just avoid them on airplanes. Just saying…