Think about the things you’ve seen on New York City streets. I have a personal rule that I don’t like to touch things with my feet that I wouldn’t touch with my hands, but I digress. We’re not going to tell you what to do, but even those of us who can’t bear the sight of an exposed foot understand that there is a time and place for a sandal. For example, if your plans involve sitting on someone’s roof or other assorted indoor activities that will keep you well away from the exposed rat gizzards, damp cigarette butts and dogpiles that sparkle from the gutters of NYC, then a sandle is all good.
A semi-enclosed style with a little bit of a platform or a heel, like the Bowie-Spice holographic version shown above, goes a long way; Crocs or Vibrams are a great choice if your favorite comedian is your own irony level. Flip-flops are only acceptable if you’re going to the beach, the gym shower, or your mailbox in the hallway, and if you’re wearing Tevas or Adidas sandals in the subway, I will assume you drink milk from the carton and refuse to wear a condom. It’s all about the amount of foot that you’re showing and where, so use your discretion. It’s best to ask yourself: “Would I consider this a real shoe?” before donning it in public, and one elastic strap over a piece of plastic is not an actual shoe. Adding socks can make many open-toe styles for both men and women street-friendly, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I’m always a big proponent of comfort over traditional social mores, but do we really need to pretend that Bushwick is the new San Juan Del Sur?