That is the question! While many of us (ladies) and our beloved men can speak up pro flip flops, some heavy authorities in the fashworld have raised their voice against the oh-so-comfy summer footwear (Tom Ford, anyone?).
Why would they do such a thing and how is it politically and fashionably correct to stand when it comes to the flip flops issue is merely an issue of aesthetics and.. well hygiene. Women and men alike need to take care of their feet if they want to expose them in a flip flop (or a mere sandal, by all means).
That doesn’t necessarily mean a pedicure, however, it does mean you have to clean and cut them nails to look decent. Take for instance menswear designer Michael Bastian’s words on his collaboration with Havaianas and his opinion on the flip flop front: (What’s your personal take on the flip flop matter? if you want to read more about Michael Bastian and his Havaianas, you can do so here and here)
[…]sometimes when we’re doing our show looks we’ll say “what’s the right shoe for that look?” and the answer sometimes is no shoe. Havaianas are the closest thing you can get to being barefoot, and it’s just perfect in its minimalism.
It’s a tricky shoe and it’s a bit of a lightning rod. People have very strong opinions about it. I feel like it’s less to do with the flip-flop and more to do with people’s emotional feelings about men showing their feet, but the main rule is if you’re gonna wear a flip-flop, you’ve gotta keep your feet in good shape. Even if that means a full-on pedicure, you gotta do it. Wearing flip-flops is a privilege, not a right.[…]