How to chill out in summertime shoes | Rick Edwards

On the whole men should keep their toes hidden. But if you want to wriggle them in the sun, here are your options

Most men’s feet are disgusting. Mine are no exception – a gnarly mess of dried skin, blisters, purple nails and fungal infections (thank you, AstroTurf football). However, with the weather heating up I want to start wearing some footwear that will expose my hooves to the world. Out of concern for other people’s gag reflex, I’ve been endeavouring to get them into a more respectable condition: painting antibacterial stuff on the nails, filing them down, exfoliating the crusty skin and slathering the whole lot in moisturiser. It’s a struggle, but slowly I’m starting to see results. I just have to face facts: I am never going to be a foot model.

There is a range of summery, toe-revealing options for men. The pool slider has come into fashion – a real surprise for me, because I associate them with my childhood swimming club, and it’s safe to say that none of us were flying high in the style-stakes poolside. Nevertheless the slider is strutting down the catwalk, and that’s good news, as sliders are extremely comfortable – almost orthopaedically so.

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