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Hollywood Casual, Down to Their Toes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mensimageconsultant, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    The only thing I dislike more than flip-flops are the ugly feet of those that wear them.

    It's one thing to wear them at the beach, but wearing them in the city is just gross.
     
  2. StevenRocks

    StevenRocks Well-Known Member

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    I agree with GQgeek. I see people wering flip-flops in New York and I wonder if they realize what kind of germs on the street they're exposing their feet to.
     
  3. sartorially senseless

    sartorially senseless Well-Known Member

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    I find the sublime in more subtle and fleeting moments. A view from a cafe window, the smell of an old library, a bird beside a mountain trail.

    I would disagree with your appraisal of the American mindset. The obsession with retirement and disposable income suggests to me that Americans see life as a means to an end, that end being leisure time. I believe that one should do as many things as possible for their own sake.


    UMM. for 99% of the working population the only way you are going to get to those 3 places is during your leisure time. i would say you value that time highly, just dont realize it
     
  4. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

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    UMM. for 99% of the working population the only way you are going to get to those 3 places is during your leisure time. i would say you value that time highly, just dont realize it
    Your and my definition of leisure would seem to vary. When I refer to leisure, I mean it in a fairly pejorative way, almost synonymous with indolence. The mindset that I'm talking about is that wherein education, work, and effort are all means to an end of doing as little as possible.
     
  5. Panerai118

    Panerai118 Active Member

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    I like flip-flops (leather). The main reason is most of the casual shoes I really like are too narrow.
     
  6. Kid609

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    I dislike flip flops on men for a couple of reasons. First, men's feet are ugly. More significantly, they're a manifestation of the middle-American obsession with leisure as the high point of life. So many people dress as though they were going to spend the day by the pool whenever they have the chance and regardless of whether or not they are in fact by a pool. I find the idea that dressing well is an imposition very Philistine and irritating. I suppose I just don't relate to people whose idea of the sublime is sitting on a beach.
    That's ironic, because the Italians, arguably the most stylish people on the planet, spend much more time in "leisurely" activities such as lounging on the shores of the Mediterranean, than the average middle-American, many of whom have never even seen the ocean.
     
  7. Kid609

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    The sublime is more of ineffable poignancy than a costly ski trip. In this leisure case, this is where the European mindset is superior to that of the American dynamic.
    Funny how the Europeans are the ones who invented the practive of "apres ski....", while Americans are the ones who invented "extreme or X- sports." In ski-circles, the average European is usually known as the one usually spending luxury-money on drinks and apres ski in Chamonix. The American's are the ones known for blindly taking chances and getting killed by avalanches while snowboarding in the Utah backcountry. Which one is the more "sublime" experience now?
     
  8. Kid609

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    Your and my definition of leisure would seem to vary. When I refer to leisure, I mean it in a fairly pejorative way, almost synonymous with indolence. The mindset that I'm talking about is that wherein education, work, and effort are all means to an end of doing as little as possible.


    Who is more indolent, the average American who works 40 hours a week, the average Frenchman who works 35, or the average Spaniard who works 30?
     
  9. royal618

    royal618 Well-Known Member

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    What is the appeal?

    In hot Australian climates, they are most appealing. I had two pairs made, one in burgundy in a traditional flip flop fashion and the other a black banded slip on. Very comfy, and can be dressed up or down.
     
  10. JBZ

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    I dislike flip flops on men for a couple of reasons. First, men's feet are ugly. More significantly, they're a manifestation of the middle-American obsession with leisure as the high point of life. So many people dress as though they were going to spend the day by the pool whenever they have the chance and regardless of whether or not they are in fact by a pool. I find the idea that dressing well is an imposition very Philistine and irritating.

    I suppose I just don't relate to people whose idea of the sublime is sitting on a beach.


    Love it or hate it, Tommy Bahama has built a minor clothing empire based entirely on the idea of full time leisure ("Life is One Long Weekend", etc.). My hat's off to them. I wish I had thought of it.

    As a PS, I love my flip flops. Think I'll buy another pair soon. I'd never wear them to work, but I have vacation coming up, and we're spending it at the beach. [​IMG]
     
  11. Joffrey

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    I have nice feet that dont smell, so I think that enables me to wear flip flops year round (which I do)
     
  12. Tibo

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    I dislike flip flops on men for a couple of reasons. First, men's feet are ugly. More significantly, they're a manifestation of the middle-American obsession with leisure as the high point of life. So many people dress as though they were going to spend the day by the pool whenever they have the chance and regardless of whether or not they are in fact by a pool. I find the idea that dressing well is an imposition very Philistine and irritating.

    I suppose I just don't relate to people whose idea of the sublime is sitting on a beach.


    *Applauses* I fully agree with you. Being dressed appropriately is a matter of courtesy not only to yourself but also to others. And life is made of other things than goofing around during holidays.
     
  13. acidboy

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    Love it or hate it, Tommy Bahama has built a minor clothing empire based entirely on the idea of full time leisure ("Life is One Long Weekend", etc.). My hat's off to them. I wish I had thought of it.

    a&f, hollister, kenneth cole.... all built themselves empires too. [​IMG]
     
  14. Fabienne

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    On some people, it can look nice. I have seen some pretty extravagant "flip-flops" whose name ought to be modified to reflect the level of esthetics. What bothers me is all the double-takes they cause... I keep thinking people are walking barefoot...

    I do not like wearing flip flops myself.
     
  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    One can mostly assume that the flip-flop fad has peaked and surely teenagers will find a new fad and Hollywood will go to something new and we all can tsk-tsk about that.
     
  16. Tyto

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    Not to boast, but every pedicurist who has ever touched my feet has remarked that I have the most beautiful feet that they had ever seen on a man. So, I've got that going for me[​IMG] Which is nice[​IMG]
    So is that better than total spiritual enlightenment? [​IMG]

    I'm not a fan of flip-flops with anything but the most casual wear. I can't imagine any professional circumstance in my field in which they'd be appropriate, unless a client invited me to a pool party. And, in any case, I'm not interested in looking at most people's feet, particularly when so many simply refuse to take care of them before sharing them with the world.
     

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