If you are in a corporate job, and must be clad in plus 4’s all the time, it is imperative that you give your feet some time to breathe. However, flip flops may tend to be a tad too casual. Besides, knowing our roads, they cannot provide the necessary protection for your feet on uneven roads or lawns. This is where the sandal- with a design that is a cross between a slipper and a formal show, can provide the best alternative.
Not exactly informal, and yet casual, sandals can be the right answer to your needs since they give your feet adequate breathing space, while keeping them in place. Being airy and comfortable, they keep your feet fresh in the most humid weather. In the monsoons, they help free outflow of water, and can prevent athlete’s foot. Most significantly, they are available in a wide variety to suit every season and every pocket.
Sandals for Men in Monsoon:
Let us start with sandals for the monsoon. To wade in the slush and to brave the incessant rain, your sandals must have waterproof uppers in synthetic or rubber material, and good polyurethane soles. Bata India has a good range in gliders and floaters to help you tide over the wet season. The range begins at Rs 399, and depending on the quality of the soles and toughness of the design, can go upwards to Rs 1200 or so. Puma products are only marginally higher, while you can get a pair of Reebok sandals for upwards of Rs 1400. At the upper end, you have Woodlands casuals priced around Rs 2795 and thereabouts. By the same token, the synthetic, rubber and polyurethane varieties can stand in good stead for a beach holiday too. Easy to maintain, waterproof and comfy, they are just the right beachwear for a walk on the sand.
If you are the kind who loves to trek during the monsoons, and experience nature in its pristine beauty first-hand, opt for a pair of sports sandals for men in the gliders or floaters range. The ones in the Rs 1500-1800 range are a trekkers’ delight, and can give you with the right grip as you clamber up and down the hills. Besides, they can outpace a languor or rhesus monkey if need be, in a monsoon-drenched forest.
Sandals for Men as Sports Wear:
For the sports range, Adidas, Puma and Reebok are definitely the best, with soles to rough it out on any terrain. Although priced at the upper end, this terra sports mesh sandal is designed for the ultimate comfort for your feet even as you venture into a sporty lifestyle. Of course, it is not as if sandals are good for the monsoon months alone.
Sandals for Men as Casual Wear:
A good pair of leather men sandals can prove comfy and relaxing for tired feet in the dry season too. Invest in a leather pair, and the spit and polish would be good enough for a party with colleagues and friends. There are several varieties available in leather, with prices starting from around Rs 500for a pair from Bata to Rs.3000 for a Woodlands pair. The leather varieties are sleek and good-looking, and can easily make a cool fashion statement wherever you are. A word of caution, though. Periodically dab a little polish to keep your fabulous leather men sandals fit and fab. Remember, these are formal wear, and must command the same attention from you as they should attract to themselves on any formal occasion.
In case you do not mind experimenting with your footwear, the Puma haven leather men sandals in a unique sandal cum slipper design can give you the comfort of a flip- flop while giving you the grip of a conventional sandal.
A word of caution, though. Dab a little polish periodically to keep your fabulous leather sandals fit and fab. Remember, these are formal wear, and must command the same attention from you as you would want to yourself.