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The Mandal Trend on Men: That's a No

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One of these looks is pretty cute.

Dear Frank,

I love the mandal trend for women because I think it's funny, different and, when paired with right outfit, actually looks really sharp. I do not like that my boyfriend has taken it as an excuse to resuscitate his old Tevas. What's the word on men and these "relaxed" styles? How do I make it stop?

Love,
Foot Funk

Dear Foot Funk,

I tend to agree with you. Though I don't love sandals in general—seeing feet isn't really on my hot list. But ladies do get a pass and sandals aren't not going to happen. I'm resigned to this. But, I digress, the nerd-sandal thing—those riffs on Tevas and Birkenstocks—I kinda like it.

It is funny; and a bit charming; and feels very right right now. What with the luxe activewear trend; the menswear-inspired womenswear trend; and both the new minimalism and ethno-everything maximalism. Not to mention: It's so Normcore.

So, as far as your concerned—go for it. Have a little fun.

And as far as your boyfriend is concerned? Well, you're boyfriend should not think your mandals—be they Birks or fur-soled Celines—give him a free pass. He shouldn't be wearing those old crusty Tevas. He shouldn't be wearing any sandals at all, really.

Sandals on men: It's undignified. Like running up stairs.

Sandals are for women and children. And men, if they're at the beach. I guess.

Just … Man feet are gross. Tell him so. Then hide the offending footwear until you're going to the beach. Or just throw them out, that's fine too.

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