The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 June 2006

Blatant sandalmongering

The flap over flip-flops, says Eric Scheie, is a "tacit admission of a double standard":

On men, they're slovenly; on women, they're stylish. The difference lies not in the footwear, but in the difference between the sexes.

Of course, whether flip-flops are allowed and whether they're a good career move are two different issues.

Given the minimalist nature of some other shoes being sold these days, it's hard for me to get upset about flip-flops. I've often wondered if the objection is price-based: flip-flops tend to be at the cheap end of the scale, sometimes obviously so. Would there be complaints if they cost $500 instead of $5? (By the Arbiters of Corporate Taste, I mean; certainly the buyers would not be happy.)

Posted at 1:41 PM to Rag Trade


Of course there's a double standard. They make high-heeled flip-flops, but no cowboy flip-flops.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:46 PM on 29 June 2006

Little feet with buffed heels and little pink toes look cute in the flips and the flops. Beefy, hairy feets...not so much. That's all I'm sayin'.

Posted by: Jan at 9:49 PM on 29 June 2006

They do make expensive flip-flops--just look at the Style section of the Sunday NY Times. I don't know if anyone buys them.

Posted by: Miriam at 9:55 PM on 29 June 2006

Beefy, hairy feets...not so much.

Feets-ist. ;-)

Posted by: McGehee at 8:55 AM on 30 June 2006

ouch.

Posted by: Jan at 9:36 PM on 30 June 2006