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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