I know that steretopyes are always in the air, if a women wear combat boots it’s not a big deal but if a guy wear a pair of heels , women sandals or ballet flats things are completly different.
Some Young men recently asked me if ballet flats are comfortable to wear and they asked me after watching me wear them on public how they can wear without feeling strange. My answer was: Keep in mind that ballet flats are slippers so everybody can wear them and you dress to make happy yourself not others. It sounds selfish but if we don’t live our lives by ourselves nobody will do it. If you are a young men or a men interesting to wear flats and you are in couple talk with your wife, girlfriend ,partner , if they will support you to wear your flats first maybe at home and then on public or make deal where everybody will win. Communication and sharing our desires is also very important to not bother or hurt your beloved ones.
If you are single, the first feeling of wearing ballet flats on public is like the first time you jumped to the swimming pool, it takes courage and decision to do it but after that you will enjoy the whole experience.
In fact ballet flats were unisex shoes in the middle age until the XVIII century and then they came back in the 1800’s until the early 1920’s.
Look King Francis II from the 1500 century, he wore flats:
or in the Regency period (1800’s) men also wore a kind of flats:
It depends also were you live and ho you wear your flats, if you wear them as nothing happens and you are not nervous then barely people will notice, but be prepared always for mixed reactions, good and not good.
I recommend some ballet flats that could look more unisex and they are really comfortable:
Puma Zandy flats
Very comfortable, good looking and affordable flats good for long walkings. average price $ 40
Vince Camuto Ellen
super comfortable, made of leather so no problem of blisters or sweaty feet, perfect to work on your feet 6 or 7 h , good for parties, or if you don’t plan to walk a lot.Average price $ 90 -100
Aerosoles Sol Music Flats
Not as cute as the other ones but super comfortable no blister at all they run large and the leather is thin and stretch out quickly so better to size down half size at least.Good for long walkings. Average price $ 45
This is how they look on my feet
Lacoste Marthe Ivy
One of the best flats that I had very comfortable slip ons they look great with anything ortholite fabrics never gets smelly and you can wear them for long walkings. Average price $ 68
And this how I love to wear them as everyday shoes:
Camper nina right flats
And I love to wear in this way:
Perfect ballet flat /Mary jane for long walkings and keep your feet very comfortable, really good quality leather, and the soles last long time.They run small so size up. Average price $ 110
Honestly this are the only official unisex flats in the market, if you still hesitate to wear openly a pair of comfy ballet flats this is a great option to start warm up your mind , they quite comforable , breathe well and look good many summer outfits.Average price $ 58
UPDATE: an other great pair of flats to star wearing them without being afraid the first times of wearing flats are this CONVERSE Chuck Taylor Dance flats, they are comfortable, easy to slip on , they look quite unisex and they are affordable $ 55 at Browns
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I got a pair of this slip on and they are very comfortable I bought at a thrift store for $ 45 instead of $ 120 and they have great arch support and look great with any outfit good quality soles and a good option to start wearing flats without being afraid:
you can wear like this:
I put a size chart conversion, in general add 1.5 or 2 sizes to your mens shoes size to get the equivalent in women sizes:
A good place to start buying your first flats is payless shoes, they carry flats up to size 13 in women sizes and they affordable (average $ 35), or Winners is a good place to find good brands of flats at reasonable prices.
Other advice for both men and women with larger feet are these online store such as eBay, Nordstrom and Amazon they usually carry commonly women shoe size 11 and Nordstrom sometimes up to size 13 in some good brands.
I hope this small article can help those guys wearing this kind of comfortable shoes, and remember life is short to not wear what make us happy.