There’s still at least a month of hot weather left. Look down at your feet. Are you still waiting to free them from stifling sneakers or dress shoes? Or have you gone the other direction, and have been wearing the equivalent of shower shoes in public since May?
Sandals present a fusion of potential pitfall combined with liberation like no other men’s fashion, and have for centuries. A flip-flop-like design is seen on Egyptian murals dating back to around 4,000 B.C., and the British Museum even has a pair made from papyrus that is over 1,500 years old.
Good news: there is pretty much one big No, then a whole bunch of ‘Ways to Do It Better’.
Thou Shalt Not Wear Socks With Sandals
This might well be the 11th commandment. Seriously, why do we even have to say that if you feel the need to wear socks, it’s probably not actually sandal weather? If you must indulge in this look, do it in the privacy of your own home, preferably with the lights turned off and blinds drawn.
X Marks the Spot
Finding simple, stylish sandals can be tough. A cross-strap sandal meets the bill – comfort, ease of use, and perfect if you can’t stand the thong part of flip-flops. Look for something with a little style, so you veer far away from retirement community flavor.
If You Must Wear A Thong, Make it Brazilian
First, and most importantly, stay away from the swimsuit variety thong. Period. However, Havaiana flip-flops take the ubiquitous plastic mess and elevate it, while keeping the inexpensive, bright essence. Keep in mind that podiatrists are NOT flip-flop fans due to the lack of support and misalignment of the foot, so leave them for special occasions. Say, a day you actually go to the beach rather than the office.
There are great brands out there, making sandals that will support your foot, look good, last more than a season, and not break the bank. Footwear is never the place to skimp – those things at the end of your ankles have to last you a lifetime.
Grooming Is Your Friend
Speaking of those things at the end of your ankles, take a good look at them. Are they really ready to be displayed in all their manly, hang-nailed, gnarly glory to the world? A little foot-freshening goes a long way. A pedicure takes less than 30 minutes and leaves you confident to face the scrutiny of potential dates and potential employers alike. Call us, we’ll hook you up.
Sandals Have a Shelf Life
Basically, if you’re still wearing sandals at first snow, you’re probably doing it while wearing socks. Just say No. Put them away until next summer, or any mid-winter trips to Hawaii.