A while back, we offered the Men’s Guide to Wearing Bracelets and found a growing acceptance of this practice. We thought it might be interesting to follow up that blog with what people thought about men wearing anklets, a practice not nearly as well known.
In short, there seems to be far more resistance to this choice. A rather snarky article in GQ opined “Don’t Wear Anklets…Ever. Seriously, we don’t care if your new girlfriend thinks it will look ‘so cute’ on the beach.”
The writer at Made Man was no better. “There is absolutely no reason for a guy to wear one of these. They’re solely a women’s accessory, and even on a lady, it looks kind of ridiculous. Besides, who’s gonna be looking at your feet in the first place?”
Checking in on various forums, when male posters ask female readers how they feel about anklets, the response is largely negative. However, a good percentage are also open to the idea, recognizing that times and fashions change and that one should be open-minded.
So, why the resistance? Men wore earrings for hundreds of years, but they didn’t achieve mainstream acceptance until about 30-years ago. As for anklets, they have been a familiar accessory for surfers for ages, usually made of leather or hemp.
For whatever reason, anklets are still on the wrong side of the divide that earrings successfully crossed. Some argue that it’s not masculine to wear something that draws attention to a man’s legs. But if they are nice legs, why not?
While each to their own, my take is if you’re interested, go ahead and try it. If you like how it looks, don’t worry about what other people think. The mean comments from men on this issue are often homophobic and seem to be based more on their own insecurities than anything else (yes, I know, so shocking to see that on the internet).