Yea or Nay: Mandals

Posted on June 30, 2011

It’s time to weigh in on yet another pressing fashion issue, you guys. Namely, mantoes: should the world be shielded from exposure to these highly contentious body parts or not? Consider:

Versace

Of course, this also opens up the floor to discussing the socks question as well.

We’ll be honest, we go back and forth on this one. We’re not talking about flip-flops, whose ubiquity has us sniffing like Tom Ford with OCD; we’re talking about MANDALS, baby; strips of leather binding the manfoot in a manly manner while still allowing ventilation.

Spring 2012 Collections
Acne, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten

Dsquared2, Hermès , John Richmond

Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Missoni

Neil Barrett, Ports 1961, Vivienne Westwood

 

We will never, under any circumstance accept those TEVA-style ones like the Missoni in the second row. That particular strap placement is like someone actively tried to figure out the least flattering way to present the foot for view. As for the rest of them, it all depends, we suppose.  For this little thought experiment, try to assume that in a perfect word, men would take care of their feet and not present the world with grody, fungal toes and cracked heels; and ask yourself…

MANDALS: YEA or NAY?

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty,  style.com]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

    Nix to the Louis V clodhopper version, too.

    On hunky guys like these? Yum.

    Socks? Ugh.

    Average US middleaged mad and otherwise man with yellow toes and nail fungus? Nope.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

      On second, closer look, all except the flip flop are horrors.

  • Anonymous

    As long as the guys understand that pedicures are not just for women, then sure, Let ’Em Breathe!

    • Anonymous

      yep you nailed it. i don’t wear sandals if my aren’t groomed either. normally i hate socks with sandals but i kind of like it on the versace runway. anything ringing the big toe and the entire last row needs to be burned.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6QWKRI2CKY5KXCQPX3XIZONWTE Michael

    In general NAY

  • Anonymous

    Only with shorts. And NEVER, EVER, EVER with socks! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=167100010 Meghan Young

    I’m fine with them, but that Lanvin model looks like Spock. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought the same thing about the Lanvin model. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought the same thing about the Lanvin model. 

      • Djinn in a bottle….

        My first thought was “..I didn’t know Zachary Quinto modeled?”

  • http://twitter.com/caratweets Cara

    Hideous. All of these. Only ones I can handle are simple flip-flops.

    • Anonymous

      Now see, I really loathe and despise the flip flop.  Takes all kinds.

  • Anonymous

    Also, can we give a big Nay to wearing hair nets as a fashion accessory, like the guy in the middle of the top row?  For the love of God, please no.

    • Anonymous

      I second that.  It’s not attractive no matter whether you’re marching down the runway or sweating in a kitchen.  Put the hair nets down and back away slowly!

    • Anonymous

      I second that.  It’s not attractive no matter whether you’re marching down the runway or sweating in a kitchen.  Put the hair nets down and back away slowly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502834383 Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

    Too many of those look like grandma sandals…but who am I to deprive men of airy shoes.  Although, I wont be sanctioning a pair for my husband any time soon. 

  • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

    Honestly… I’d rather see a man in flip flops than these. NAY!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always liked the manlier sandals–not the ones that look like women’s sandals on steroids (the ones with the little toe rings, the ones in the very last photo). But two caveats: (1) If you’re going to show your toes, get a pedicure. Nobody wants to see your calluses, dirty nails, and fungus. And (2) Sandals with socks always look to me like the apotheosis of Dorkwear. And not in a good way. But that may be from too many years, growing up, of suburban dads in their plaid Bermudas, black socks, and clunky sandals. The first photo above is a convincing argument that socks and mandals can work together.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – keep to the manlier versions – like the Van Noton or the Ports 1961, but I DON’T like the GIANT, armored version (maybe too manly).

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad their on the runway, but I don’t think the world is ready for that just yet.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      You mean, “America isn’t ready for it.”  The rest of the world doesn’t consider it an issue. 

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealMallrat Bitsy Carver

    YEA!

  • aussiegal77

    YEA absolutely.  I’d pick up a pair or two from the hubs.  Especially now that I have introduced him to the world of man-pedicures.  There’s no turning back now!

    • aussiegal77

      …..but I think it’ll take more convincing from me for the hubs to actually WANT to wear the sandals.  Also….NO SOCKS.  Gross.  Defeats the whole bloody point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    What no complaint about the versace being too matchy matchy?

  • Anonymous

    YEA. Why not? But I’m in California.

  • http://aimeewrites.com AimeeWrites

    Yea – in fact, it’s one of the few acceptable pieces of footwear to be worn with shorts.

    I live near Seattle, though, and I’m so heartily sick of the socks-and-sandals pairing.  Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      So it is a Seattle thing. 

  • http://twitter.com/santumisra SANTU M.

    YEA.. FUCKING HELLYA

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Nay. 

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Nay. 

  • Anonymous

    If MEN wear Mandals do LADIES wear Ladles?

  • Anonymous

    If MEN wear Mandals do LADIES wear Ladles?

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps if men were allowed to air their feet in proper mandals they would be less likely to get fungus and such, and possibly take better care of their feet.  I don’t know.  I say let those men who have feet that yearn to breathe free do it.  Who am I to judge?  Just don’t touch me with them.

    As to the socks with the mandals?  Nay, NAY, I tell you!  That’s an arch too far!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps if men were allowed to air their feet in proper mandals they would be less likely to get fungus and such, and possibly take better care of their feet.  I don’t know.  I say let those men who have feet that yearn to breathe free do it.  Who am I to judge?  Just don’t touch me with them.

    As to the socks with the mandals?  Nay, NAY, I tell you!  That’s an arch too far!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      No one is disallowing anyone to do anything.  What is with this “if men were allowed” business.  As if there is some authoritarian figure creeping behind men to tell them what they can and can’t “do.”   

  • Julie Woodson

    I have not problem with men wearing sandals if they keep their toenails tidy and their callouses buffed away. What I don’t like is the word “mandals”! Man-portmanteaux are a pet peeve of mine! 

    • Terence Ng

      PortMANteauxs?  Are they portmanfaux pas?

      • Julie Woodson

        D’oh

    • scottyf

      Ooooh. So then I guess walking down the street wearing them with manpris and a t-shirt that says “Feeling Mantastic!” while eating a Manwich is REALLY out of the question.

      • Julie Woodson

        I won’t stop you! :D

        I like Manwiches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

    The Versace guy at the top looks like pre-makeover Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, with his Skort and his exposed socks.

  • Joyce VG

    Men need to embrace pedicures.  NO socks with sandals tho…but i’m in Cali as well…so YEA.

  • Anonymous

    As long as they’re not flip flops, I’m cool.

    My Rule: If you can buy it in a bin at Walgreens, it ain’t acceptable footwear for public.

  • Anonymous

    Mandals: Yea IF you take care of your feet.  No need for an hour at the salon but keep them clean, nails trimmed and a little moisturizer every now and then wouldn’t hurt.  I would love to see my husband in the following (taken from pics above): Versace, DSquared2 or the Lavin.  I admit to wearing socks with Birkenstocks in the winter but I live in Seattle so I’m allowed.  There are exceptions for almost everything…

  • http://alexinmovieland.blogspot.com/ Alex

    I never wear them, but they’re quite popular in Europe. 

    without socks, of course.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everybody else here. No socks and please spend a few bucks on a pedicure. And same goes for some pretty nasty female feet I’ve seen.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never had a problem with men airing their tootsies. The Ann Demeulemeester pair made me laugh. But they are actually kind of an interesting take of men’s footwear. The Hermes pair of quite nice.

  • Judy_J

    I’m all for guys in sandals as long as they keep the toenails trimmed and fungus-free.  But please, no socks with sandals, EVER!

  • turnerp95

    I personally like them… NEVER WITH SOCKS. And I agree with you too, never TEVA-like ones (ie: Missoni and Lanvin), but aside from that, I’m all for the ones above (that is not permission for men to start buying any old sandal and wearing it with pride, mind you!)

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    I guess as long as no horrifc crimes of Birkenstockery are committed, its alright.  NAY on the socks though.

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    Same rules that apply to women apply to men: If your feet are scary nobody wants to see them.

    • Anonymous

      You have summed things up perfectly.
       

  • http://profiles.google.com/insertbrackets Tory Adkisson

    NO SOCKS! NEVER! I like the first two rows considerably. Maybe I am open to these because I am a Californian and flipflop-type shoes are my footwear 24/7, 365. 

    The Vuitton and Missoni are abominations to the world of strappy foortwear and should be stopped.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Hermes could put his funky toes in my bed any time… 

    Oh, wait, that wasn’t the question.  With the right ensemble, I say yea to mandals.  Teva’s are a crime as are crocs on a grown man.  Both deserve public humiliation by pointing and laughing.

    p.s. NO to the socks.

  • Anonymous

    NAY!
    I agree 100% about the TEVA-style ones and all of the strappy ones above are just ridiculous.
    I don’t mind a classic flip-flop for super-casual purposes, of course, but these “mandals” get a huge NAY from me.

    Also: The Lanvin model. Mr. Spock’s long lost son? 

  • Anonymous

    Yea.  Only if we are speaking of men who care for their feet (e.g. trim their toenails, clean out the toejam).  NEVER with socks.  An not including Teva’s or any on the first row.  I also don’t care for the Hermes.  The LV remind me of mary janes.  My favorites are the Lanvin, Neil Barrett, and Dsquared2.  I also really like the Vivienne Westwood.

  • Anonymous

    Yea.  Only if we are speaking of men who care for their feet (e.g. trim their toenails, clean out the toejam).  NEVER with socks.  An not including Teva’s or any on the first row.  I also don’t care for the Hermes.  The LV remind me of mary janes.  My favorites are the Lanvin, Neil Barrett, and Dsquared2.  I also really like the Vivienne Westwood.

  • Anonymous

    NAY.  nay, nay, nay… nay.  gross. i won’t even start on the socks.

  • Anonymous

    NAY.  nay, nay, nay… nay.  gross. i won’t even start on the socks.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa, Dr Spock!

    Er, yea.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa, Dr Spock!

    Er, yea.

  • Sara__B

    In the perfect world of well-cared-for male feet, sandals are fine. In this same perfect world, men know when it’s appropriate to wear sandals and what NOT to wear them with. (Sandals look dorky with socks, but some men (my dorky husband included)
    insist that socks are mandatory for moisture and blister management. The Versace model is making socks&sandals look better than I ever dreamed possible, even with a skort.)

  • Sara__B

    In the perfect world of well-cared-for male feet, sandals are fine. In this same perfect world, men know when it’s appropriate to wear sandals and what NOT to wear them with. (Sandals look dorky with socks, but some men (my dorky husband included)
    insist that socks are mandatory for moisture and blister management. The Versace model is making socks&sandals look better than I ever dreamed possible, even with a skort.)

  • Anonymous

    and that versace with the socks is pretty ugly as well. But there are some really viable choises here (the hermes, richmond and acne) but only provided that the man wearring them will be taking REALLY good care of their feet.

  • Anonymous

    and that versace with the socks is pretty ugly as well. But there are some really viable choises here (the hermes, richmond and acne) but only provided that the man wearring them will be taking REALLY good care of their feet.

  • Anonymous

    Mostly yay, but NEVER with socks. I’m also not sure about between-the-toes for men, but that probably just depends on the style and feet in question. The Teva-style ones are a big ol’ no for me too. Way to 12-years-old and camping.

  • Anonymous

    Mostly yay, but NEVER with socks. I’m also not sure about between-the-toes for men, but that probably just depends on the style and feet in question. The Teva-style ones are a big ol’ no for me too. Way to 12-years-old and camping.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Acne: yes, Demeulmeester: no, Dries: yes, DSquared: no, Hermes: yes, John Richmond: yes, Lanvin: yes, LV: NO, Missoni: no, Neil Barrett: no, Ports: no, Westwood: yes…..and finally….brown leather pleated man-culottes: NOOOOOO!

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Acne: yes, Demeulmeester: no, Dries: yes, DSquared: no, Hermes: yes, John Richmond: yes, Lanvin: yes, LV: NO, Missoni: no, Neil Barrett: no, Ports: no, Westwood: yes…..and finally….brown leather pleated man-culottes: NOOOOOO!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I’ve never understood the controversy. Men’s feet get hot, too, right? My only rules are decent feet (just decent) and no socks. I think they are OK with lightweight summer pants, too, like you’d see in the Middle East or North Africa for example. Let those toes breathe!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I’ve never understood the controversy. Men’s feet get hot, too, right? My only rules are decent feet (just decent) and no socks. I think they are OK with lightweight summer pants, too, like you’d see in the Middle East or North Africa for example. Let those toes breathe!

    • Anonymous

      Same here. No need for the stars to align, is you can show your feet in public without scaring the children, be my guest. And they can look great with pants, just ask italian men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/russell.brightwell Russell Brightwell

    Hermès hands [feet?] down.Clean, well-pedicured hooves are hot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QBJTK2EXO2OQPE7TELWAVVDTKE Sara

    NO!  Most of those have a cousin or in some cases twin in female shoe land.  And with socks…double NO! 

  • Anonymous

    In the 60s my very handsome and suave uncle had a pair of Italian sandals (bought there) that had a lot of strange twisted bits of leather and a sort of flap that covered up the toes. I’m sure my Brooks Brothers dad (who never showed his feet outside the house that I can recall) thought they were fagelah as hell but I remember them as just the right combination of manly and attractive while also hiding the crusty nails etc.  But Italians know their shoes, or they used to if these  photos are any indication. 

    Socks with sandals are a strange European phenomenon that this American can’t get used to. But you do see plenty of very well-dressed good looking guys there doing it. Maybe it’s a When in Rome thing that just doesn’t travel well. 

    On the other hand when I walk my dogs I wear socks with Teva-ish sandals to prevent getting dog poo and mud on my bare feet and to keep bugs off, Is that allowed?

    • Anonymous

      If you walk your dogs in a purely utilitarian spirit (you are not hoping to meet a romantic partner at the dog park) you’re fine.

      It is also o.k. if your home burned down and all you have to wear on your feet are sandals and it’s below 50 F outside. At least until you can get somewhere to purchase a pair of actual shoes.

  • Terence Ng

    If we ban mandles, it should only be on the condition that all women everywhere be forced to wear clear 6 inch acrylic porn star peep toes at all times.

    • Anonymous

      It’d be more fair to say that if we ban mandals, women have to give up sandals and wear flat, practical dress shoes and athletic shoes just as men do.

  • Anonymous

    I love wearing sandals with socks, I’m not talking about athletic socks, but nice bright, thin, colorful ones, so YEA on that front.  I personally don’t mind men in sandals, but I dislike the feminine looking ones.  And I could care less if the men sporting them had a pedicure. So socks with sandals, when done right YEA, but undecided on the mandals.

  • Anonymous

    I love mandals, and I’d kill for a pair of those orange D-squared ones! However, socks with mandals are verboten!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

    I’m not crazy about a lot of these specifically, but in general, why not?  Men deserve to have easy,open footwear too.  But never with socks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    Yea – everyone’s toes need to breathe

  • Anonymous

    YEA. Within reason, because some of those are just fugli. And no sandals and socks, not anyone, not ever.
    I think they are sexy, actually. No idea why, but there you have it.

  • Anonymous

    Since my feet are (despite my best efforts) uglier than any man’s could hope to be, and I wear sandals almost every day, I’m completely in favor of mandals.  Men deserve to have comfy feet, too!

  • Hetha Innis

    I love the Lanvin and Vivenne Westwood, but the rest of them do nothing for me. If men would care for their feet the way we ladies do, then I’d be all for Mandals. 

  • Rachel Ward

    No, no, no. Hate feet. And reusing the culottes picture isn’t helping the cause at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    I defintely prefer the more like, gladiator inspired ones (Neil Barrett, Versace) compared to the really delicate flip floppy ones (Vivienne Westwood) for men. I just saw  a dude on the bus the other day working a pair very similar to the Versace ones, and it looked good. Oh and of course never with socks! That’s just a given.

  • http://twitter.com/iraki86 Ira Ioannidou

    Nay!

  • Anonymous

    Mandals? seriously?.. just call them sandals.. all those ‘man’-version words for certain items are lame, especially if it’s an item that men have been wearing for centuries

  • KarenZ

    A qualified YEA. In general, I never want to look at a man’s feet. If, however, he has a pedicure (just like a woman but without the blue toenail polish), he should be allowed to wear sandals (never flip flops) in certain limited places — at the beach or pool, in his own house or yard, in his own car (but only if he’s not getting out), and when leaving the nail spa after a pedicure. That’s it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes for rock climbing and cookouts and urban Saturdays.  No for formal wear.  Never with socks. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    Only the Dries.

  • Anonymous

    Love them, but socks are soooo out. The Hermes ones are fabulous.

  • http://blog.infomofo.com infomofo

    Even these models’ calves look ugly in these mandals.  I think that tells me all I need to know about what mine would look like.

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    Sure. 

    If he’s also a Roman Centurion.  With a pedicure.  In my dreams.

  • Anonymous

    It’s July. It’s hot out there, folks! Of course I’m gonna say **Yea**!  I can just see avowed sandal and flip-flop hater Tim Gun reading this post screaming “ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?!?!” as he angrily punches a hole in his monitor.

  • Beth G

    Mostly nay – especially the ones that have a wrap around the big toe – that just looks VERY feminine to me.

  • Anonymous

    yea. 

  • Anonymous

    i’m gonna quote my girl mercedes jones and say: HELL TO THE NO

    huge pet-peeve, every time I see a man wearing sandals it automatically kills the last drop of sex-appeal that man could’ve had, no no no a thousand times no

  • Anonymous

    NO.
    Absolutely not!
    When I see a guy in sandals it is a HUGE turn-off!

  • Anonymous

    Whatever gets people out of their flip-flops and crocs is fine by me!

  • Anonymous

    Yea to mandals, nay to the “paid distribution” ad in your “you might like” links at the end of this post. I love ya, T Lo, and you’re one of the sites I turn my adblock *off* for, but that one is unpleasant.

  • Anonymous

    Yea. Practical.

    With socks, well . . . no. Unless you *wish* to be taken for an academic whose mind is above such things as fashion and public opinion, a somewhat confused visitor from a place where they don’t do things as we do, or, simply, a dweeb.

  • Nora Mulllin

    Yea, as long as there are no socks involved.

  • Anonymous

    Not too clunky or too many straps and buckles, NO socks and a clean, simple pedicure and trim.  If those are the perimeters, i say yes to mandals.

  • lilibetp

    I’m okay with sandals unless the guy has gnarley feet and grodey things going on.  Like when the second toe is longer than the first.  That’s just weird to me.  Socks with sandals?  Rolling my eyes.

  • Anonymous

    I think sandals can work on guys… but the mental image I’m getting is of a rough-and-ready biking-and-rock-climbing type of guy, wearing those very modern sandals made of rubber, nylon and velcro. That works. (Although, I might just enjoy thinking about a nice, toned, rock-climbing type of guy, to be honest.)

    Other sandals? Hmm. Not sure about that. Definitely never with socks.

    (However, I’ve been trying to talk the husband into sandals recently. So far he is resisting. Naturally I will go with him to supervise and ensure they are not ugly sandals. My reasoning has more to do with the weather than fashion, though; it’s 110 degrees here in Oklahoma and likely to stay that way for two more months. Sandals may not be ideal, but heat stroke is NEVER fashionable.)

  • Anonymous

    There is not one pair of sandals featured above that wouldn’t make me want to barf if my man showed up wearing them. No, no, no, no and no. I’d honestly prefer flip flops.

  • Anonymous

    I say yea, because I’m all about comfort. I would buy my guy the DSquared, John Richmond or Lanvins.

  • Anonymous

    Mandals: OK (with supervision and inspection).  Socks: Nay

  • sunandmoon24

    I say yeay.

    It’s hot down here and anything that helps, helps.

  • MilaXX

    YEA with conditions:
    1) Get a freakin manicure. I don’t want to see nasty, ground scraping hooves under ANY circumstances.
    2) NO socks! That’s just stupid.
    3) TEVA’s are only for hiking. leave the fug at home.

  • aimee_parrott

    A qualified YEA to Mandals without socks, and without that awful little loop around the big toe that nobody of either sex should EVER wear.  EVER.

  • Anonymous

    YEA, but lordy no to the socks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

    Not with socks. Ewww.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    YEA. Love guys in sandals. Just learn to take care of your feet, dudes. I see lots of men at the salon getting pedicures…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Charlotte-Siewierkiewicz/503556621 Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

    NEVER MANDALS! Either without socks or just pick a shoe that covers the whole foot. But NEVER MANDALS! NAY forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614423102 Sara Nolan Collins

    Yay!  Especially the Ports 1961 and Hermes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614423102 Sara Nolan Collins

    Yay!  Especially the Ports 1961 and Hermes.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Mandals are fine. And yes, I like gladiator movies. But no socks.

    I especially like the Deemeulemeester pair, middle pic, top row. I like them a lot, even though now my brain is thinking of them as “The Mule Masters”. Stupid brain.

  • Anonymous

    Funny, the TEVA-style Missoni are the only ones that look like acceptable men’s sandals to me. 

  • Anonymous

    Sure, why shouldn’t men enjoy sandals? I don’t really care for the ankle-cuff ones in the first row, but the rest are fine by me. My husband wears a pair similar to the Lanvins in the third row of pics. He loves them. Although, I can assure you they are not Lanvins.

    Sandals do not go with socks, though…ever.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, why shouldn’t men enjoy sandals? I don’t really care for the ankle-cuff ones in the first row, but the rest are fine by me. My husband wears a pair similar to the Lanvins in the third row of pics. He loves them. Although, I can assure you they are not Lanvins.

    Sandals do not go with socks, though…ever.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, why shouldn’t men enjoy sandals? I don’t really care for the ankle-cuff ones in the first row, but the rest are fine by me. My husband wears a pair similar to the Lanvins in the third row of pics. He loves them. Although, I can assure you they are not Lanvins.

    Sandals do not go with socks, though…ever.

  • Alyson Lamble

    Big, fat, NAY, and that goes triple when worn with socks.  The Tevas have their place, and it’s on a beach or other locale that might require walking on both solid ground and in water.  Never on a runway.

  • Alyson Lamble

    Big, fat, NAY, and that goes triple when worn with socks.  The Tevas have their place, and it’s on a beach or other locale that might require walking on both solid ground and in water.  Never on a runway.

  • Alyson Lamble

    Big, fat, NAY, and that goes triple when worn with socks.  The Tevas have their place, and it’s on a beach or other locale that might require walking on both solid ground and in water.  Never on a runway.

  • Jeremy Porta

    Fuck yes. I am tired of having to dress in the same old boring kinds of shit that men were wearing 70 years ago. WHY can’t men’s fashion have a fraction of the innovation that women’s does? WHY?

  • Jeremy Porta

    Fuck yes. I am tired of having to dress in the same old boring kinds of shit that men were wearing 70 years ago. WHY can’t men’s fashion have a fraction of the innovation that women’s does? WHY?

  • Jeremy Porta

    Fuck yes. I am tired of having to dress in the same old boring kinds of shit that men were wearing 70 years ago. WHY can’t men’s fashion have a fraction of the innovation that women’s does? WHY?

  • Lenora Dody

    I agree with everyone else saying Yea but only with the pedicure caveat. Also, I would have thought no on the socks with sandals but I actually like the picture so maybe I’m having flashbacks to dad with the ugly black socks with sandals. If they can do it stylishly, sure, wear socks with your sandals otherwise get a nice pedicure and let them free!

  • http://twitter.com/vesperbeauty Vesper Beauty

    I like the ones that Mr. Spock is wearing from Lanvin.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, men should take care of their feet. Don’t care much for mandals, but feel men should have the comfort. I won’t wear a closed shoe in summer. (But I get regular pedicures)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

    YEA to mandals but nay to socks with them

  • http://twitter.com/DJButtons Breanna

    Here goes, my big secret:

    I like men in jeans and sandals. That’s right, I said it. Give me a man in a well-fitting white t-shirt, jeans (that fit well, of course), and a pair of leather sandals, and I will happily ogle that man all day. There’s something refreshingly sexy about the casual aspect of it. The exception, of course, is fungal toenails and Sasquatch-hairy feet, but otherwise, I say YEA! Bring on the mandals!

    • http://twitter.com/DJButtons Breanna

      Oh, and specifically:

      NO TEVAS.
      Also no feminine design details. The little toe ring thing, really? No. The other way is just as bad–they’re not really sandals if they cover 98% of your foot, are they?

      Flip-flops will do just fine, gentlemen, or grab yourself a pair of those amazing DSquared ones featured above. Gorgeous.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    From the looks of that first picture, you should be asking yea or nay on skorts for men. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    From the looks of that first picture, you should be asking yea or nay on skorts for men. 

  • Mariah J

    NAY NAY NAY. Never ever ever unless you’re at the beach and especially NEVER with socks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

    YEAH!  Why can’t men wear them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

    I will give a Yea to Acne and Ann Demeulemeeste, but the other ones just aren’t doing it for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

    Funny, the only ones I’d accept on my man’s feet are the Teva-ish ones…  Or flip flops.

    And nix the socks!

  • Anonymous

    Socks with sandals are always a NAY, on anyone. 

    As with so many looks, this depends on many factors: the mandal style in question, the man’s legs, the look in general and, of course, whether he takes care of his feet or is an average man with gnarly, broken nails of various lengths.

    In the end, I am giving this a provisional YAY.

  • Diana Martinez

    I say yes to mandals, no to socks with mandals.  Yuck.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mercbubble42 Jessica O’Connell

    Prefer flip flops on a man, honestly, but if he’s got clean looking feet that aren’t funking up the place, go for it dude. Let your feet free! YEA.

  • Anonymous

    Mandals?  Not with socks, at least.  Like men in Capris, I think they’re more acceptable for Euro-Man.  They don’t really fly here.

  • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

    Flip flops yes…these Mandals no. Oh and if I EVER find the SOB who thought socks with “mandals/sandals” was okay I will beat them with their own tongue and left arm followed by their right arm then their legs and finally my cane. 

  • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

    Flip flops yes…these Mandals no. Oh and if I EVER find the SOB who thought socks with “mandals/sandals” was okay I will beat them with their own tongue and left arm followed by their right arm then their legs and finally my cane. 

  • Anonymous

    Well you see, guys, by assuming away the natural state of the usual straight man’s foot, you assume away a whole heck of a lot.  I don’t like sandals on anybody who doesn’t take proper care of their feet and nails, period, full stop, new paragraph.

    Okay, that’s out of the way.  Of course, mandals!  My bro-in-law always wears them with socks; of course he also pumices his feet every week without fail so that his feet are as soft as a baby’s bottom.  Metrosexual from the ankles down, he is..

  • Anonymous

    I think there may be a East Coast/ West Coast divide here.  Except for the more impractically fashion-forward pairs, I have no problem whatsoever with sandals on men.  In fact, I was a little surprised it was even under discussion, aside from the socks issue (put me down as a ‘nay’ on that one).  However I am willing to concede that I’ve been biased by my Seattle upbringing.  How about it? Are you adamant nayers uptight East-Coasters or am I way off-base here? 

  • Anonymous

    yea, love my berks all year round (granted I live in CA). when it gets cold, orange and grey striped socks go on the feet with the birks. Fashion tragedy, yes; non-sweaty feet because of ventilation, oh yeah. I like TEVA’s too. I find that no one seems to make good flip flops for walking so I switched over. Also at this point I should also give you my gay card for socks with the berks, the violation for wearing sweats in public, and being comfortable. And to think I like well groomed men. lol

  • Anonymous

    You know I used to think that as long as they got pedicures it would be ok, but some men just have super ugly gnarly feet and should be ashamed of them and hide them.  That’s what wrong with men, not enough body shame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bortnyck Michael Bortnyck

      Yeah, gosh, that’s what’s wrong with the world, not enough body shame
      Can you hear yourself?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, because clearly I was being serious.  Also I can’t hear myself when I’m typing, because I’m typing, not speaking.  :)

  • Anonymous

    I hate every single one of those looks with a white hot passion. Lord, spare us MAN TOES.

  • Anonymous

    Nay, nay, nay…so much NAY.

  • Lisa

    NAY!!! Nay nay nay!  

  • http://twitter.com/AleksandrJohn Alexander Cavaluzzo

    Yea! The right gladiator sandals look a lot more fashionable than stupid flip-flops, and your feet don’t sweat.

  • Angela Nace

    no no nooooooooooo never

  • Anonymous

    I like mandals, but don’t like the socks – so dorky!!! And I don’t like the ones with the strap around the toe – I don’t know, that is just something I associate with womens’ sandals.

  • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

    NAY. Feet freak me out – any feet – but especially man feet. ABSOLUTELY NO.

    But from a style perspective… if someone has the attitude to pull it off, sure.

  • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

    NAY. Feet freak me out – any feet – but especially man feet. ABSOLUTELY NO.

    But from a style perspective… if someone has the attitude to pull it off, sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294512334 Terri Griffith

    Not with socks (especially black like granpa & yellow) & most of these look like women’s sandals.

  • http://profiles.google.com/saramichelef Sarah Michele Ford

    Yea. No reason why manfeet should be forced to swelter while our dainty toes are enjoying a cool breeze.
    Tevas have their place. On a sailboat (at last, that’s roughly where I wear mine).

    Love the Versace ones, the DSquared2 ones, and can accept the Hermes ones with the right clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Just.say.no.

  • Anonymous

    No socks, ever. I like the more masculine mandals, no toe “thongs”. I think they look silly on men. The Dsquared2 wouldn’t be bad in a brown or a black. Spock is wearing a decent pair, though I imagine many will disagree with me. Nix the Louis V. and Neil Barrett. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Yea on the mandals.  Nay on the socks with them.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve worn sandals much of the year for my entire 62 years. I live in So Cal. They make sense! I wore a fab pair of YSL’s today from Jeffrey and was stopped on the downtown LA streets three times by people admiring them. What’s the big deal?

  • http://twitter.com/triskuit Tristan

    Nay, nay, a thousand times nay.

  • Anonymous

    Are man sandals eccentric? I didn’t know. I like all of them. Classic in a Greco-Roman way. Needless to say, Yay!

  • Anonymous

    You know the REALLY pressing question here is: who in there right mind names their company ACNE?

    As for the man sandals with or w/o socks it’s a personal choice. My 12 yo “Style Guy” (his name for himself) says he is rockin’ the socks with sandals because of a song from the Disney Channel show “So Random” - what are you going to do?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P70o53Yh7w

    • Anonymous

      Had the same thought about the company name. ‘Tis a puzzlement.

  • Anonymous

    I say yea, but then I live in Oregon, where Birkenstocks with socks are part of the official state wardrobe.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, what’s up with that?  It’s the same in Seattle too.

  • Anonymous

    I say YEA if a) the wearer is under 25 rocket body gorgeous and is wearing thre right outfit or b) the wearer has beautiful feet.

    Believe it or not some people have nice feet.  My partner has beautiful toes.  He seriously should be a foot model.

    NAY to socks with sandals.  It defeats the point of wearing sandals and NAY to those Teva inspired atrocities.

    • Anonymous

      YES. Reading over these I was starting to wonder if I were the only one to ever have seen sexy feet on a man. And they don’t get ugly (with age) any faster than women’s feet, if they’re taken care of.

    • Anonymous

      YES. Reading over these I was starting to wonder if I were the only one to ever have seen sexy feet on a man. And they don’t get ugly (with age) any faster than women’s feet, if they’re taken care of.

  • Anonymous

    Sandals yes.  Overgrown FlipFlops: No.  Nothing between the toes.  Preferably cover the top of the foot by the arch, but that’s not a deal breaker.

    • Anonymous

      Also with something to keep the heel in contact with the foot.

    • Anonymous

      Also with something to keep the heel in contact with the foot.

  • Anonymous

    Yea!

  • Anonymous

    NAY, NO, NEVER, under any circumstances. Sorry boys.

  • Anonymous

    Yea! but NEVER with socks! 

  • Grace Ritt

    NEVER NEVER NEVER WITH SOCKS. When my mom is not around my dad wears sandals with socks because she is not there to instruct him. That is why men wear sandals with socks: because there is not a woman to tell them that it is wrong. I’m inclined to say NAY on the whole Mandals thing but…hey, boy feet need air, too. A few of them aren’t so bad. JUST NEVER WITH SOCKS.

  • akprincess72

    My husband has Keens, but they work.  They actually get wet & muddy as the sandals are intended, also, they are never worn with socks.   My whole gripe is that my husband’s feet on a daily basis, look better than mine do straight from the salon…  They are smooth & soft & it’s just not fair.

  • Anonymous

    Yea on sandals.  Nay on sandals with socks.  Looks like something my grandmother’s ex-husband would wear for mowing the lawn. I don’t mind the Missoni as much as you do, but the Louis Vuittons look like bags tied around the feet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Nay. 1,000 times Nay. Too fugly for words.

  • Anonymous

    I say yea to the mantoes if displayed attractively. I like the big thick fuckoff straps on manfeet not the little sissy ones like the Hermes with the one-toe strap. But mandals must be paired with the appropriate clothes… not any of that shit those models are wearing. AND ESPECIALLY NOT MANSKIRTS.

  • sonictofu

    My favorites are the DSquared2, Acne, and Westwood.  Something elegant and regal about the Westwood ones.  Or maybe that model is just selling the hell out of them.

  • http://twitter.com/SongBird3411 Mindy

    It is 115 degrees here right now.  Men can feel free to wear any kind of sandals they want.  I don’t know what people’s obsession with feet is all about.  I don’t care what your feet look like.  Just wear what makes you comfortable.  Unless it is sandals WITH socks.  Then, NO, NO, NO, NO.

  • Anonymous

    um… a pair of flipflops would do… 

  • Anonymous

    um… a pair of flipflops would do… 

  • Jeremy Porta

    What’s up with all these women who think they’re qualified to decide what men should wear? Shame on you. More than shame, fuck you, bitches. Seriously.

    • Anonymous

      dude take a chill pill. theyre just some shoes.

    • http://profiles.google.com/cbueno.sanders Carla Bueno-Sanders

      lol like men have it so hard

      try taking care of your hiddy feet first!

      • Jeremy Porta

        My hiddy feet? My feet are in quite good condition, thank you.

        And formerlyAnon, when have you ever heard a straight man talking about women’s shoes? Come on, be honest.

        Is there something inherently different about men’s feet? Feet are all the same pretty much. Women wear open shoes all the time, and no one goes around saying, “If only they’d take care of their feet first, then sure!”

        Besides, not everywhere on earth is on the east coast. In some places, flip flops, sandals, and open shoes are practically required for half the year or more, so I don’t see what’s wrong with having fashionable ones.

        • Anonymous

          Actually my straight fiance comments on women’s shoes all the time, specifically how much he doesn’t understand why women on tv (and a few in the real world) are always wearing sky-high stilettos, which he finds utterly ridiculous. I love that man.  :)

    • Anonymous

      LoL’ing here. Like men never opine on women’s wear. Deep breaths, fella.

  • http://profiles.google.com/richixcore Richi Robilotto

    Flip flops are the only sandals I can take. All other forms look douchier. 
    And honey, don’t get me started on socks + sandals. 

    NAY. 

  • Anonymous

    o.O The Missoni ones are truly and utterly horrible. The others are acceptable, but pedicure is a must (and it’s not rocket science, guys, you can take care of the state of your feet at home by yourself).

  • http://www.facebook.com/raweiser Rachel Weiser

    My opinion seems to be in line with most of the other commentariat. With socks? Oh hell no. But in general? Sure, why not? Shouldn’t men be allowed to wear sandals if we women are?

    I vote (on the condition that no socks are worn) YEA. Now get yourselves some fabulous summer footwear, gentlemen! :)

  • Anonymous

    YES hell YES. Get your hooves did then sports some sandals ALL SUMMER LONG, and shorts! EFF YOU Tom Ford. Literally and figuratively if you please.

  • Anonymous

    YEA but without socks, please!

  • Anonymous

    NAY TO THE NTH DEGREE. Sorry, not a foot person. All feet are ugly to me, pretty much. And don’t get me started on socks with sandals. Ugh.

  • Zubair Ghumro

    IN IN IN IN IN IN!!! Thought without socks. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

    YAY for mandals, socks included.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

    YAY for mandals, socks included.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

    YAY for mandals, socks included.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes, yes! Love my mandals. Although they are often big and chunky and stupid looking – I like a more fashionable sandal. The leather straps and whatnot. Hell no to socks, and I would cut a bitch for those orange Dsquared ones….

  • foodycat

    Nay. I know men are entitled to summer footwear, but I just can’t deal with manfeet in sandals.

  • Anonymous

    me no likey

    nay

  • Anonymous

    NAY

  • http://profiles.google.com/cbueno.sanders Carla Bueno-Sanders

    never socks, NEVER! and of course men can wear sandals, that’s just silly. I do wish they’d take care of their feet, though, and stop worrying about whether that makes them “too femmy” or whatever the hell. 

  • Amanda in Austin

    Nay. Nay. A thousand times Nay. Especially with sandals, but even with bare feet. NAY TO MANDALS!

  • Anonymous

    Yes to sandals for men. No to portmanteaus opening with “man” (mandals, manny, et al). Yes to greater variety of sandals for men–I go to stores shopping for sandals with Arthur and there are 3 acceptable styles? That’s not fair. No to socks.

    The only shape of straps I ever see in stores are ones similar to the Lanvin, the Vutton, the Missoni, and of course the John Richmond (yawn). I like the Acne, Dsquared2, Hermes, Ports 1961, and Vivienne Westwood.

  • Anonymous

    nay

  • Lena Bea

    NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!NAY! NAY! NAY!

  • Anonymous

    Lanvin and John Richmond are marginally OK.  The rest are just hideous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carey-Cawthorne/1295384953 Carey Cawthorne

    Yes definitely. But w/o socks. Socks and sandals are an abomination.

    • Anonymous

      Could not agree more. 

  • http://www.deathbywhippedcream.com/ Addis R. Pérez

    I say YAY. (I like the Versace socks!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566983224 Erin Leahy

    YAY MANDALS!

  • http://wickedrenaissancegirl.blogspot.com/ Helga

    I was all for it until you mentioned the ugly feet, yuck!

  • Anonymous

    Yeh… with a decent pedi and NO socks.

  • Djinn in a bottle….

    I’ll stick with the Huaraches I got in Mazatlan for $20 and look much better…. 

  • Anonymous

    I vote yes to mandals, but no to mandals with socks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nariman.c.alkhatib Nariman Alkhatib

    yea, if you dont have disgusting nails 

  • Anonymous

    This might be an unpopular opinion but I love guys in Birkenstocks.

    • Anonymous

      So I guess that would be a nay to mandals.

  • Anonymous

    As a man, I have to say, not all women wearing toe exposing shoes have the most gorgeous feet, so whatevs babies. I’m wearing sandals. My feet are gorgeous though. LOL.

    • Jeremy Porta

      Exactly. Especially since women are always wearing heels, so their feet are all fucked up like ballerina feet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    the problem is mainly man toes. so i’m going out for the majority of man people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Jones/1372486036 Valerie Jones

    No to the mandals! It’s not acceptable EVER, not EVER!  90% of those mandals looked like they were styled for women.  Flip flops are the only acceptable form of sandals for men.  It’s the cross they have to bear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

    A tentative YEA. Some of those sandals are just ridiculous, and (at least imo) the male foot holds little aesthetic appeal, but what alternative to the flip-flop, Hush Puppy and (gag) Croc is there? I can’t in good conscience deny men the right to ventilated feet in the name of fashion. I suppose I’d grow more accepting with exposure if they really caught on. The Westwood, Acne, and Hermes ones are nice, if a bit feminine.

  • http://twitter.com/paulfbenson paul benson

    massive YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love socks n sandals…seriously!

  • http://profiles.google.com/decapod73 T.S. Alexander

    Yea. I didn’t realize this was even a debate! I thought sandals had always been stylish regardless of the wearer’s sex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.em Matthew Espinoza

    Never ever have socks with sandals.

    I like some of these sandals. Especially the Jesus-y ones, with the single strap around the big toe. Personal preference, not what I think the whole world should (or could) do. :)

    I don’t understand why you’re calling them Mandals, though. “Sandal” is not a gender specific term. Men have worn sandals since… forever. Nitpicking, I suppose, but… I don’t think it works. Not for me.

  • Shawn Hill

    Mandals, yes! Socks, no! It’s not like with loafers, where it’s a personal choice.

    Worse even than Tevas: crocs with socks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

    Only in America would there even be a question of whether or not “men should wear sandals.”  No where in the UK or in Europe would one ever hear that even being discussed.  Hell, make that most of the rest of the world. 

  • Luis Torres

    I  would definitely say yes, but it still depends on the person.

    Luis

    http://www.ChicOverload.com (my blog!)