An exact quote from my entirely female office today about men's feet—"They're usually pretty crusty."
I HATE when men generalize women, so I would be a big ol' hypocrite if I turned around and did the same, but oh well, if the flip flop fits...Men's feet ARE usually crusty. The toe nails not being painted I can live with, but it's the whole hairy, stubby. dead-skin riddled, un-manicured thang that I can't tolerate.
I suppose if you're a guy who takes good care of his feet that these things are less applicable, but still applicable nonetheless. Think about all of the societal pressures that are placed on the way women are supposed to look. Now think about the one's placed on men.
I'll give you a minute.
Do they compute? Are they even remotely equal? No, not at all. So if this is THE ONE you guys have to take heat for, consider yourselves lucky. I'm not suggesting that you can't EVER wear flip flops. In fact, 6 instances is practically nothing in the grand scheme of things.
I bet you're wondering, what am I supposed to wear on my feet then this summer?! Well, lucky for you FHM already has you covered. Here's a guide to sneakers and here's a guide on boat shoes.
Based on the picture you should be able to determine what I'm getting at with this, but I'll clarify for good measure. If you're feet resemble that of Frodo Baggins from Lord of The Rings you should NOT be wearing flip-flops. I suppose there's not much you can do to change the stubby-factor, but when it comes to the hair—shave it, wax it, laser it off, I don't care, just get rid of it. Too harsh? Please try and think about what women are expected to do when it comes to hair....then get back to me.
Skateboarding, street hockey, bike riding—you get the gist. This is more about safety than aesthetics. Nobody likes man feet, let alone bloody, scratched up man feet.
At A Wedding
Unless the wedding is actually ON the beach, you should be ashamed of yourself wearing flip flops to a wedding! And I mean ON the beach. Not near the beach, overlooking the beach, a block way from the beach—ON. THE. BEACH.
On Public Transit
1) Public transportation is usually filthy.
2) Innocent commuters don't need to be subject to your man feet.
On A First Date
I feel like a man showing up to a date with exposed feet is similar to a woman excusing herself to go take a shit, it's just too comfortable too soon, ya know? Not that women don't go to the bathroom in that way, it's just we usually don't share it with our male friends without getting to really know them.