If you could ask women around the world which male error is so utterly embarrassing on a first date that automatic rejection is inevitable, they would all answer in unison “bad shoes!” Quite clear. But then what are good shoes according to women? We asked four Swiss ladies who know it best…
EZGICINAR Founder & Creative Director of 2002DNA
A man who wears good shoes is a man who respects himself, and only someone who has self-respect can also appreciate others. If a man shows up on a first date with worn out shoes, it already sends out a clear message to me about what’s going to happen in the next six months. My personal dating rules prefer a man who has both feet firmly on the ground, but one who does so with high quality.
SILVIAAESCHBACHER Journalist and Author. ‘Getting Old for Beginners: Welcome to the Club!’ (Wörterseh Publishers)
He was a feast for the eyes. The only downside: his worn out cowboy boots. I decided to look past it on our first date, he also wasn’t the tallest, and his boots had a small heel. Whether summer or winter, rain or snow, those things had somehow become an extension of his body. The relationship came to an end and not just because of those boots. Since then I’d rather not see any cowboy boots on the first date. A person’s class really does begin at their feet.
The shoe says a lot about the wearer. Very rarely are men, who wear old, run down, and in the worst case, smelly, shoes, clean and groomed in any other aspect. The only exception is that he had an accident before he came to the date: stepped in a puddle or some dog poo, but made the effort to be punctual anyway. Principally, a nice, classic leather shoe is always chic. But a cool sneaker is also OK.
BIANCA KEYMAN-GUBSER Model und Founder of No animal brand
An absolute No-Go: Outdoor hiking sandals! An absolute horror. Those are not even allowed to travel to Bali. And the worst is when they’re worn with socks. What an abomination. No man has ever worn those with me. I find a suit paired with Double Monks quite hot. And espadrilles for men are also super attractive.