Men, we know you don’t think about fashion nearly as much as women do, but when it comes to your footwear choices, you might want to give it a second thought.
And, this is one place where the double standard works in our favor – guys can’t determine what our wedges versus booties versus stilettos mean (it honestly doesn’t mean anything – it’s whatever shoe looks best with our ensembles), yet we ladies definitely know to stay away from the dude who is rocking red Crocs.
Women can tell a lot about you by the shoes you wear. Regardless if our thoughts aren’t completely accurate depictions of who you are, this is how we’re sizing you up. So you might want to take some notes…
The Man Who Wears Timberlands
If you’re sporting a fresh tanned pair of Timbs, chances are you’re pretty ghetto – but in a cool, gangster rap kind of way. To pull off a pair of Timbs you’re going to need big feet, so you’re probably a big...guy. If you’re a white guy wearing Timberlands, we’re specifically going to think that you’re a wannabe thug, but again in an “I like WWE boxing and hanging out on street corners drinking classy beer” kind of way.
You’re outdoorsy, laid-back, drive an SUV, and own some wide-brimmed hats for sure. You’d take us to a rap concert on a date and would let us buy a round. Timberlands are classic – just like you, an OG who was listening to Biggie before he was Biggie. These boots are built to last, so even though we’ll have some rough sex and heated arguments, you’ll still be loyal. We just have to break you in a little.
The Man Who Wears Boat Shoes, Top-siders Or Sperrys
We get it, you went to prep school, and you like playing golf because you like fresh polo shirts (or really any kind of shirt with a collar). You like looking put together, which means you probably take as much time picking out your outfit as we do. Bonus points if you do actually own a beach house or frequent the Hamptons during the summer -- this doesn't mean you're a better person (as you probably think you are), this just legitimizes your choice of footwear.
You're a little bit of a pussy, which implies you won't say no when we demand that you take us to upscale restaurants. You like to accessorize with man-purses and overpriced sunglasses, and you'll enjoy going on shopping trips with us. Guys who wear boat shoes stand with their hands in the pockets of their seersucker tailored shorts and say things like, "Is it weird that I'm going to order a salad?" (It's not. But now it is.)
Your idea of a good time is lounging by the water, casually doing "a little work here and there" on your laptop, and Instagramming -- using heavy filters -- photos of luxury items. Too bad you're only good for one season.
The Man Who Wears Converse - NOT Vans or Toms
Before we begin, let's get one thing straight: Vans and Toms are for skater posers; Chucks are for relaxed, average guys who we'll probably end up marrying. We like these shoes and we like you.
Like a great pair of Converse, you are understated, complimentary and effortlessly fit in on any occasion. You can go to a backyard party or a red carpet soiree - either way you'll enjoy yourself. Whether you are the newbie or leader of your group, people like to be around you due to your easy personality. And so do we. We like that you care about your appearance, but aren't trying to compete with us.
You'll take us to see live music or go bowling on our first date and you'll cuddle us at the end of it. Converse are the All-American, all-star shoe and you are the well-rounded, all-star guy. You have an interesting, non-traditional job, appreciate going out just as much as staying in, and like to bro-out every once in a while. Plus, you also have a hobby like seeing movies, listening to music or reading on the subway.
We'll wear you in like the shoes you're donning.
The Man Who Wears Flip Flops And Sandals
There's no reason to ever wear sandals and socks – choose one. All this tells us is that you were too lazy to take your socks off before putting your sandals on, which makes us think twice about your judgment.
You’re an athletic guy who’s probably running from one practice to another, but that doesn’t change the fact you’re STILL WEARING SOCKS AND SANDALS. The only person who could even remotely pull this off is Cristiano Ronaldo. Are you him? No, so take off your damn socks and make sure your toenails don’t resemble anything from the movie “Beetlejuice.”
Men who wear sandals and socks are amateurs. They look like a totally innocuous species (save for their footwear) and that’s partly because they are naïve, eager to please and unable to make their own decisions (hence choosing both the tubewear and flip flops).
These guys love to bro with their fellow dudes, and will probably take their advice when it comes to relationships. They spend a good percentage of their day playing Madden or some other sports related video game and smoke a lot of weed to accompany their gaming. Think “frat boy who hasn’t grown up.”
When we eventually break up, we'll be asking ourselves why the relationships lasted so long.
The Man Who Wears Hipster Shoes
Did the Keebler Elf loan you a pair of shoes today? Seriously, it looks like you accidentally shopped in the women’s department. And we might even be wearing the same pair.
Without even looking at the rest of your Salvation Army garb mixed with beards and flannels, we already know that you’re a hipster. Oh wait, sorry -- you don’t use labels.
You’ll probably take us to a farmer's market on the first date, and then we’ll go back to your outrageously expensive Brooklyn pad to cook up the ingredients, and next maybe we’ll watch vintage porn from the 1920s...on your flee market record player. Just thinking about reading books in coffee shops gets you hard.
We’ve already broken down the anatomy of a hipster, but chances are you accompany those elf shoes with an Amish man's hat and non-prescription glasses. The hipster man likes to roll his own cigarettes (but doesn't actually smoke them -- it's bad for the environment) and is currently taking offense to this paragraph.
For someone who is supposedly mellow and lax, you are actually very high-maintenance. There isn't enough room in your life for us, your bookshelves of classic novels and your obscure band collection.
The Man Who Wears Designer Dress Shoes: Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada
If you’re wearing fancy dress shoes that also implies that you’re donning an expensive suit. And, there is nothing a woman loves more than a man in suit, especially a luxury one. Cha Ching!
You’ve got the sex appeal down pact. You’re obviously wealthy, appreciate finer things, and know the difference between Calvin Klein and Armani. You are used to getting what you want and boy do we hope it’s us.
The man who wears Ferragamo loafers is no dummy. He has a real job probably in finance, real estate or law, and he is proud of the money he’s earned. This stud will wine and dine us, expect a great lay in return, and demand that we keep our bodies in good shape (after all, so does he with his lavish gym membership).
He knows fine wine, but would still be up for a killer beer. He can crush it in the boardroom and then crush it in the bedroom (or so we’re hoping – sometimes really nice shoes are all a front, kind of like cars and penis size…but we digress). He’s well-liked by his buddies, but feared by his outer circle -- just the way he wants it to be.
Like fine shoes, you’ve spent years crafting your persona. Some might call you an assh*le, yet that only attracts the ladies more. We’ll vie for your attention and wish that you’ll keep us around, but like your expansive shoe collection – us women are merely a commodity to you. We’re a dime a dozen when you’re buying with Benjamins.
The Man Who Wears These Pumas
You must be some kind of Euro-trash because these shoes are not allowed in America. The guy who wears velcro Pumas most likely gels his pubes and frequents the tanning salon. He is definitely on the GTL spectrum and admits to loving the "Jersey Shore" without any sarcasm or shame.
If you are unlucky enough to encounter this brand of dude, we suggest you cross the street. Engaging with him in conversation would be like trying to talk to an amnesiac. Plus, he's probably too concerned with how his muscles look in the store window.
He's not going to get a chance unless he rethinks his footwear (if he can actually think that hard).
The Man Who Wears Sneakers: Nike, Jordans, Adidas, Asics
These are the hardest of shoes to judge -- everyone owns at least one pair of sneakers for the gym and for life. Let's get one thing straight though, you absolutely cannot wear your sneakers with khakis (why are you even wearing khakis?) or jeans and a short sleeve polo t-shirt (hey, Dad!).
The type and color of the sneaker are key here: anything white and mesh looks very dorky, 8th grade science lab partner. If he's sporting a cool pair of kicks we're going to notice and we're going to like what we see. Respect.
The guy who wears nice sneaks is active, but not in a 'roided-out' gym slut way. He'll meet you for happy hour, be a gentlemen, and take you to a movie of your choice afterwards. Because he's wearing sneakers, he'll even walk you home. This is a nice, good guy, plain and simple. He likes what you like and you like him.
On a sunny day, he'll be up for a refreshing jog alongside you on the Westside Highway and is thoughtful enough to bring an extra water for you. In college, he majored in something like sociology or sports management and received decent grades. He might make the occasional corny Dad joke, but you find it endearing.
Like quality sneakers, this man is reliable, dependable and will accompany you wherever you go.
The Man Who Wears New Balance
There is a special place in this world for a man who wears New Balance and it's in the public library or laboratory. This guy was definitely a loser in high school and is probably still wearing the same shoes. He failed miserably in gym class, spent most of his time studying for the Chemistry SAT II, and went to a small liberal arts school.
He wears quarter zips with elastic cuffs and thinks Kanye West is violent. He also likes to bring his lunch in an insulated bag and then save the Tupperware for later. He's so nerdy it breaks our hearts, but we also love him for it.
Shockingly, he always has a really nice, genuinely sweet girlfriend (while we're all still single) and treats her like a queen. The guys who wears New Balance is a little boring like his sneaker choice.
He could've had a shot with us if only he just changed his sneakers. New Balances are a dead giveaway that a horny teenager is having more sex than you.
The Man Who Wears Distressed Boots
Boots can be tricky -- this guy either really likes hiking in the woods or really likes looking good while picking up orange juice from around the corner. Either way, we're into it and your mystery makes us want to know more about you. Are you a Jude Law or a David Boreanaz (Angel from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer")?
The guy who wears distressed boots has been to rehab before, but is unassuming and still drinks copious amounts of alcohol. He might even have a celebrity friend or two from childhood and likes to wear hoodies to the club. Actually, he's wearing a hoodie to the club because he'll stand outside with the promoter the whole night, chain-smoking and acting like a low-key big shot.
He's more interested in maintaining his independence and shady promiscuity than he is in wooing you, so don't expect this guy to fawn over you. It'll be hard to get him to take you seriously and he's incredibly picky -- like he was about choosing his perfectly worn in looking boots. You don't choose him, he chooses you.
This guy rocks expensive jeans and walks with swag. He goes to his friends' art gallery openings, lives downtown and has a drawer filled with fresh t-shirts. He even has a large rescue dog and goes unshaven from time to time to complete the rugged look.
If you're able to nab him, just be careful -- distressed boots are known to have holes.