What Women Really Think of Your Flip-Flops, Revealed

(Source: askmen.com)What Women Really Think of Your Flip-Flops, Revealed

What Women Really Think About Your Flip-Flops

On the spectrum of ‘what’s more stressful?’— where does prepping for a job interview and a first date fall? For many men, the latter tends to be more intense. As you go through the motions of preparing for a date, your last step is to look down at your feet. As an often overlooked aspect of your wardrobe, what you sport downstairs can raise an eyebrow or impress your potential partner.

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This is why it’s important to give more than a fleeting glance, but ample consideration before heading out the door. Especially when the weather is warm outside or you live in a region where open-toe shoes are common, you might always go for flip-flops, regardless if they’re appropriate for the situation or not. Luckily, plenty of women are willing to toss in their two cents about this footwear of choice, giving you a glimpse into what they’re really thinking when you show up with these casual buys.

Here, everything you need to know about your go-to summer sandals:

Best Flip-Flops for Men

We’ll give you the need-to-know on when it’s a good idea to sport flops (and when it’s not) — but knowing where to shop is important. Here, the trendiest brands for men when it comes to summer footwear

Gucci Striped Rubber Slides
Rainbow Leather Sandals
Nike Slide Sandal Black
Reef Bottle Opener Sandals
Sanuk Beer Cozy Flip-Flop
Adidas Adilette Slide
Sperry Original Flip-Flop

Read more below on some interesting and trendy picks that help you prepare for your feet — and some options on what to wear. 

Consider Your Location

When you’re heading to a boardroom meeting with investors, you sport your lucky tie. Or, when you’re tagging along for a game of pick-up with your guy friends, you depend on your sneaks to keep you light on your feet. And when you’re taking a gal out to a five-course tasting at a local, highly-recommended restaurant? You better believe it is a faux pax to show up late … and be wearing flip-flops.

As fashion instructor at The Art Institute of San Antonio, Karen Henry explains, there is a time and a place for these shoes, and men must be mindful of where they’re going before taking them out of their closet. “Flip-flops are a good idea for men if they are going to the beach, on vacation or lounging around,” she shares. “Flip-flops are looked at as comfortable and a convenient footwear, since they are assessable and quick to grab and go.”

So if you and your gal are going for ice cream, catching a sunset by the beach or going away for a weekend together, pack them. While some women might be okay with a first date at a lounge or bar with flip-flops, style influencer and author Caroline Vazzana says it’s still a risk.

“They are affordable and easy to wear, but in my opinion the only appropriate place for flip-flops is at the beach,” she tells us. “I prefer a more polished look for guys and a choice of footwear that shows a little bit of personality and style. I’d suggest a slide or boat shoe as an alternative.”

Don’t Neglect Your Feet

When was the last time you gave any sort of TLC to your feet? While plenty of men have a go-to barber and invest in a smart suit, very few are willing to go the extra lengths to rid of the dry skin and calluses, or have a professional cut their long, scary toenails. This is a grave mistake, according to menswear designer Loris Diran. “Men often think a pedicure is frivolous but it's most certainly not. It's good grooming and good health. You wouldn't go on a date without bathing for a few days, so why would you wear flip-flops without grooming your feet after a rough, dry winter season?,” he explains. “A pedicure should include your nails, cuticles and a cleansing fruit acid peel for your calluses. You'll have feet like a newborn and that will make those tootsies a pleasure to behold.”

Shop for the Proper Shoe

While it is easy enough to head to Old Navy or another mass market store and find a flip-flop for less than $10, style pros explain women appreciate when men invest more money and consideration into their footwear choices. As Charlene Parsons, fashion director of Miami International University of Art & Design explains, there’s a big difference between a pair you’ll find for $1.50 and luxury Gucci flip-flops.

One way to know if you’re selecting the right kind for your feet and your personal style is to see how comfortable you are when you walk in them. Too often, Parsons says men will stomp around in them, dragging their feet and making plenty of distracting noise — which will bring about the wrong attention from women. Instead, you have to be able to stride in them, without looking like you’re fumbling. As she notes: “The man with confidence can pull off the dressier flip-flop with their casual attire if they know how to walk in them.”

What to Buy

From at-home pedicure must-haves to specific flip-flops that get the golden seal of approval from the ladies, here’s what to stock up on to ensure you’re date-ready.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

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If you don’t have time to get a pedicure before it’s time to meet your date for post-work happy hour drinks, give your feet a nice scrub the night before with this exfoliating brush. After you shower or after you soak your feet in warm water for ten minutes, apply pressure behind the brush to the top and bottoms, and watch the dead skin float away.

$45 at Amazon.com

3 Swords Germany Manicure Pedicure Kit

Best Flip Flops for Men

In addition to clipping your toenails, it is also important to clean them. With this eight-piece set, you have everything you need to file down stragglers, clean out any lingering dirt or bacteria that gets clogged under your nails and of course, trim.

$31.90 at Amazon.com

Bliss of Greece Ancient Greek Foot Balm

Best Flip Flops for Men

When you’re having an overnight for the first time with a girl you’re seeing, you don’t want her to cringe when your feet rub against her smooth legs. Keep your feet soft and healthy with this cream, which you should use a few times a week.

$12.99 at Amazon.com

Gucci Flip-Flops

Best Flip Flops for Men Gucci Flip Flop

So these aren’t quite flip-flops, but Gucci is having a moment right now and a good pair of slides like these Gucci striped rubber slides will last you quite some time, whether as a prerequisite for the gym bag or as a daily wardrobe staple.

$210 at MrPorter.com

Rainbow Leather Sandals

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Stylish and sophisticated, Rainbow leather sandals have been a surf-meets-prep go-to flip-flop almost since their conception in 1974. The clean Rainbow design will never go out of style.

$54.95 at Amazon.com

Nike Kawa Slide

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Another slide that holds up to the test of time, these Nike Kawa slides are an easy, comfortable option to slip on when you kick off your Jordans.

$29.99 at Amazon.com

Reef Fanning Bottle Opener Flip-Flops

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Reef is a brand built for the beach. Beers are best on the beach. Reef helps you open beach beers. What else matters?

$55 at Amazon.com

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Flip-Flop

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A happy hippie brand that’s ethos revolves around making people smile, Sanuk knows that nothing makes people happier than having comfortable feet … while wearing fun flip-flops.  

$50.95 at Amazon.com

Adidas Adilette Slide Sandal

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A style staple for “scumbro” poster boys from Pete Davidson to Justin Bieber, the quintessential Adidas pool slide might be the most iconic open toed sports footwear around.

$45 at Adidas.com

Sperry Original Flip-Flop

Best Flip Flops for Men Sperry Flip Flops

If you’re heading to the shore to eat at your favorite beachy hang, you skip the cheap flip-flops and opt for ones that are a bit upgraded. Trusted and valued by boaters and fishermen, Sperry provides traction and a snug fit, while also pairing well with tailored shorts.

$39 at Amazon.com

Flip-flops aren’t for everyone and they aren’t for every occasion, but when you’re finally ready to slip them on, you know it’s a going to be a good time. It’s hard not to relax when your feet are finally free.

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