the rules of the flip flop

there’s an epidemic that sweeps the nation whenever the weather heats up: men leave their homes wearing flip flops with jeans and other long pants.  you might be thinking why wouldn’t they – they’re easy to put on and they’re comfortable.  i don’t get it.  unless you live close to the beach or are a lifeguard there’s no reason to wear flip flops anywhere.  no one wants to look at your feet.  please understand i’m not talking to women.  i realize this is a double standard, but women take care of their feet.  men do not.  i hate walking into a nice restaurant or bar and seeing dudes wearing jeans or khakis with flip flops.  it’s lazy and looks terrible.  there are plenty of options out there that are just as comfortable and look better i.e. loafers, driving mocs, espadrilles, vans, etc.  with this in mind, here are my rules for flip flops:

1) never ever wear with jeans or pants if you’re not within a 5 mile radius of the beach.  in all honesty, i wouldn’t do it at the beach, but i can live with it there.

2) if you must wear them with shorts in the summertime because they’re comfortable and your feet sweat, then only do so when the weather is 85+ degrees.  you don’t want to be mistaken for a year-round summer rube.

3) never ever wear “strappy” sandals or crocs.  nothing says tourist or disney world like “strappy” leather sandals especially when paired with a nice pair of white socks.

4) buy cheap flip flops .

5) never wear flip flops with skinny jeans (see below).  it makes the skinny jeans look even more lame.  further more, never buy super skinny jeans.  they look like tights and you look super stupid.

6) do not wear a suit coat/sport coat or tie with flip flops (see below).  no matter how hard you try you cannot dress up flip flops.

7) never wear flip flops to a business meeting.  i don’t care if you’re a computer programmer or in the music biz.  no one wants to do business with someone with exposed feet.

i’m sure many of you will disagree with me here and that’s ok.  i just wanted to throw these rules out there in case i can persuade 1 or 2 of you to stop wearing flip flops with jeans.  it’s such a terrible look.

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  1. Oh my goodness, this should be required reading for ALL men. Unless you’re on a beach, I do not want to see your toes, gents. At.All.

    Best,
    Mariah

      • Ron
      • May 25th, 2012

      The flip flops with jeans rule is a stupid one. What does being near the beach have to do with it? 85 degree rule is stupid as well.

    • Mike
    • May 2nd, 2011

    Oh come on.

    • Eduardo
    • December 5th, 2011

    I agree with this. Flip flops are okay for the right situations not for every situation. Today was cold here in New Jersey and i still saw three men in flip flops. It is insane that even in the middle of winter these dang flip flops are seen in public.

    But the thing that irks me the most is when business men wear them. If I wear a manager at a business or office job and I saw my employees wearing sandals of ANY kind I would send them home. Seriously. And guys I am a guy myself and i only wear them at home and at the beach. That is it.

    Lets face it guys men have the ugliest feet of both genders. Wear them only as necessary.

    • Ron
    • May 25th, 2012

    I’m quie fed up with this foot sexism that is common among both men and women. Women can have ugly feet too.

    • Breno (from Brazil)
    • December 10th, 2012

    I agree. We can’t use flip flops anywhere. But I don’t agree that men’s feet are ugly, mine are pretty. Most guys don’t take care of your feet, but I take care of my feet. Ever!

    • Breno (from Brazil)
    • December 10th, 2012

    Instead of complaining, we must educate men who don’t take care of

    your feet.

    GUYS! To take care of your feet:

    1-Don’t forget to wash with plenty of soap. Everyday!

    2-Cut nails regularly. Seriously!

    3-NEVER walk barefoot on the dirty floor.

    4-At slightest sign of bad smell, rinse immediately!

    5-Keep slippers or flip flops clean. Always!

    6-In case of dried feet, put moisturizer.

    7-In any extreme situation, find a podiatrist!

    • Alex Rodriguez
    • February 11th, 2013

    I agree 100% with Breno. For those who dream about firing men who wear flip flops to work, many of these flip flops wearers are better trained and more profitable. I am one of them and my boss, who did not fire me when I first arrived wearing them, was fired after 27 years of wearing impeccable formal business attire…even on holidays and outdoors. Years later, I applied for his position wearing flip flops to my interview. I got the position.

    • tommy Cha
    • July 18th, 2016

    Totally agree, t-shirts, jeans and flip flop . Is most Malaysian guys style, I hate to see it too , they really looks awful and junk

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