|Image via The Sartorialist.|
|Images via British Vogue.|
Although some guys may never wear a sandal, outside of a pair of flip flops at the beach, we think that the 'mandal' (sandal for men) can be worn with as much class and style as a pair of dress shoes. Let us be clear, however. We're definitely not talking about these sandals.
A nice, simple leather sandal (like the ones featured in the runway photos above) with NO VELCRO is probably the safest bet when investing in a pair of such 'controversial' Summer footwear. Might we also suggest staying away from socks and sandals? It defeats the purpose of wearing a shoe that is meant to expose a bit of skin, plus, unless you're in the middle of the suburbs on a weekday morning walking across your lawn to pick up the morning newspaper, it just really is not acceptable.
The best advice we've come across regarding the 'mandal debate' comes from menswear blogger Dan Trepanier of The Style Blogger. He says, "Make sure your feet are looking proper — no blisters, corns or hairy uppers. Don't be afraid to get a pedicure. Think pedis aren't manly? Michael Jordan used to get them weekly... Once you try it, you'll be hooked."
So now we look to you, our fine readers, for your opinions and rebuttal. What do you think? Should men wear sandals? Should we leave the strap-y shoes to women whose feet are arguable better looking than ours? Tell us. We're dying to know.