The shoes men hate on women*

The weirdest thing about this poll about what shoes men find the least attractive is not that the gentleman folk polled would prefer us ladies to be shod in crocs rather than wedges. Well, actually that is weird because crocs are almost comically ugly.

Though to be fair crocs are probably quite useful and comfortable and they certainly don’t make one look like they are trying too hard. I’ve read enough women’s – and indeed  men’s - magazines to know that men like women to look comfortable (yet hot), not be too ‘done’ (but still look hot), wear nothing too weird but still have individual style, to be healthy (but like, hot healthy) to be ‘classy’ but not 'stuck up' and they really hate it when we wear uncomfortable shoes because complaining. Complaining is not hot. Neither are wedge shoes apparently. Or kitten heels. But actually I’m not going to defend the kitten heel because I really don’t see the point of them.

Anyway, the weirdest thing about this poll is that it and the dozens of its ilk that have existed since Adam probably told Eve her leaf skirt was too short and then penned a lightly humorous yet deadly serious article called ‘Yes, He Hates Your Sneaker Wedges ... the Surprising Truth About What He Really Wants You to Wear” – is that we’re still reading them.

In a recent interview for UK newspaper The Guardian, Ellen Page (thank you Ellen Page for removing the Sad Susan Sarandon ‘I’m not a feminist’ residue from our mouths) said that she is most definitely a feminist. What’s more, she spoke about one of the key problems in Hollywood - and let’s be real here, it’s one in a laundry list that includes offensive stereotyping, that men get to be the romantic interests forever and women become ‘the mum’ after 30 and Katherine Heigl movies-was that women were expected to dress, and indeed exist, for men.


"If you're a girl and you don't fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man's perspective, then you're a little bit at a loss,” she said.

The real problem with these polls is that they continue to see women from a man’s perspective. It doesn’t matter if the intentions are well-meaning – ‘he wants you to wear comfortable shoes, he thinks you look even more beautiful without makeup’ – because all this does is say that a man’s perspective is the only one worth caring about. If you’re dressing for others, what of you then gets lost in the process?

Of course it’s easy to say ‘just dress for yourself’. But surely it can’t be any more confusing than trying to decipher the code of dressing how men you want you too. What with the being sexy but not too sexy, figuring out now exactly to pull of that whole librarian who lets her hair down thing, of being  sporty but not too sporty, natural but not like, natural natural and just being you, exactly as you are. With a few socially conditioned caveats, obviously.

Maybe instead of trying to figure it out you should just slip on your favourite pair of wedge sandals and enjoy all of that spare time.