29 June 2006
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