Friday, 1 February 2013

Comfy shoes for men: FitFlops


I've told you about Mr That's Not My Age's love of a comfy shoe before. But even though he likes comfortable footwear, the Blog Widower is not a trainer man. In fact, most men I know - and to be honest that's not very many - wear proper footwear and not sports shoes, off-duty. As part of my in-depth investigative research for this post, I asked the Blog Widower why this is, 'I made a conscious decision to stop wearing trainers when I stopped going to football and started going out to pubs and clubs,' he said, 'That's what teenagers wore. And anyway I like to to keep trainers for running, and shoes for everything else.'

Compartmentalizing footwear (and other things) seems to be quite a common phenomenon amongst men of a certain age. Manhattan Brother is the same. In fact, for the owner of some very smart business footwear, he is seriously lacking in the casual shoe department. 'I hate buying shoes,' MB declared on our recent visit, when he spent an entire weekend wandering around the city in a pair of knackered old black leather boots with the sole hanging off and no intention of replacing them. The problem appears to be a combination of fear of the new and being stuck in a bit of a style rut. Manhattan Brother won't thank me for this but... the old sole-flappers are very similar to the kind of thing he was wearing as a student, and, apart from the fact that suede winkle-pickers are now off the menu, Mr That's Not My Age tends to stick to a particular style too.

So. There's definitely room for a low-key comfy shoe that looks like a shoe and not like a big fat sneaker. Bring on FitFlop for men. They have the same ergonomic design as the women's collection: the Microwobbleboard sole absorbs shock and works certain leg muscles. But you know all about that already - and anyone who's had a sports injury knows the importance of a wobble board - so I won't go on. Perfect for the middle-aged man who likes pounding the streets and can no longer last 90-minutes. Don't you think?







This post is sponsored by FitFlop - but I have to say that both the IKE boot chocolate and FF SUPERTONE slate grey shoe are reduced in the sale and I'm thinking of persuading Mr TNMA to order them. Telling him that they're ergonomically engineered should do the trick.



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12 comments:

mette said...

The pictured shoes are not bad.
However, I have no saying to what kind of shoes my husband should buy.
He walks his own paths.

Sarah said...

I think these are great - Mr NT might even like them too.... S x

coz said...

I like a Camper man myself (that is with an uppercase C) but I wouldn't say no to a man in these! I agree whole heartedly with Mr TNMA's no trainers philosophy. I am disappointed to hear of the state of MB's footwear - has he not been paying attention to his stylish sister?! BTW, why are younger men wearing ridiculously pointy shoes these days?

MyStyle said...

Hi there-I really like the pairs you've shown, they look comfy and stylish! How wonderful that you interviewed Celia Birtwell, will you be doing a post on this?? Wishing you a lovely weekend xxx

J.W. said...

I wish...however, I have no say over Mr J.W.'s shoe choices. Now that he is old, he likes Birkenstocks, which is unfortunate as he has the 'Feet of Dorian Gray'...all the evils of a lifetime revealed there, while his face remains innocent :).

finchleygirl said...

I agree about wearing trainers< they should definitely be kept for the gym. Not sure my man could pull these off tho' as he does have short, stubby (or should htat be muscular!) legs which I am sure would be emphasised further by the Fitflop design.

That's Not My Age said...

Cos - don't think MB even looks at the blog. I have noticed the pointy boots too. Very worrying.

Finchelygirl - make that muscular.

Veshoevius said...

I vote the slate grey style! (actually they remind me of sneakers) Mr V has quite a few shoes in the casual dept, including trainers. He favours Campers and chunky soled things. He also bought MBT wobble boards in a blue deck shoe style which were quite nice for summer - might point him in the direction of these sneakers though.

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Chirs L said...

After checking this post I been through the website also. They got nice and wide range of shoes for men. Variety of colors and patterns. Awesome collection.

Sabrina Lgo said...

Thanks for share this, mens shoes are looking trend and comfortable.