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Sandals. Basically everyone owns a pair, but only a select few wear them on the reg’. So the question is: are sandals manly or not?
They are manly: Would you question the manliness of this Roman warrior group — Praetorian. Guards? It would not be wise.
These warriors were amongst the most elite soldiers of their time. What did they wear on their feet? Sandals. What’s more manly than feeling blood, earth, wind, and rain on your feet? Wearing sandals is not only practical for maintaining cool feet in the summer, but it’s a timeless style of shoe that historically predates any sneakers, boots, or whatever else you crazy kids are wearing these days. Sandals allow the feet to callous up and get tougher, rather than stay soft and pretty in those nice Italian leather shoes. Be a real man and get some sandals on.
Absolutely not manly: While it’s true that some manly guys have rocked sandals in the distant past, there’s something truly effeminate about showing off your feet. If you want to some callouses – walk around barefoot. There’s no need for sandals. I’m not advising you need to go Nixon-on-the-beach, but at the very minimum please limit the sandal use. Going to the beach – use Sandals. Going anywhere else and need some real shoes? No sandals. The utilitarian use of sandals is necessary – fair enough. But the world doesn’t need to see your nasty man feet.