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:


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
PinAcne, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten

PinDsquared2, Hermès , John Richmond

PinLanvin, Louis Vuitton, Missoni

PinNeil 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…






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