As manscara, man-bags and a whole range of male grooming products continue to wrestle their way into male shopping baskets, the once rock-hard definition of ‘real man’ has gone a bit saggy. Except in the shoe world, that is — yes, you can spot a real man by his shoes.
Always stoking the fires of masculinity on the front line, real men need hard-as-nails real leather shoes. Here’s some of the most manly activities where only leather shows will do. Although, there’s probably many more, which haven’t been mentioned if you have any suggestions.
#1 Chopping Wood
There’s something about one man and his chopper, which oozes masculinity like tree sap. From getting wood all the way to smashing it senseless with an axe, chopping wood is dangerous, manly and shouldn’t be attempted in flip-flops.
#2 Playing Rugby
There’s nowhere to hide on the rugby field. Big, burly brutes slide in from all sides with big tackles designed to rough you up good and proper. Eye-gouging, uppercuts and toe squashing are the norm; although, leather boots protect the toes from breaking.
Cock your weapon, shine your helmet and lace up those tough leather boots. It doesn’t get much tougher than on the frontline. It’s leather or die.
Messing about in dark tunnels with pickaxes can be quite bad for your health. Footwear needs to be waterproof, durable and leather cause you can never be sure how long you’re going to be down there.
There are far too many innuendos in firefighting, so let’s just keep to what’s important: if you don’t wear leather shoes when you’re fighting fires, you will burn your little pinkies.