Would You Rather: Summer Sandal Or Summer Hat?

What happens in the mountains on a girly girl getaway stays in the mountains.


It totally gets shared here on the old blog.

Our friends know that when the fire gets built and the vodkaΒ wine coolers water starts flowing, all bets are off.

It was during one of these conversations that the topic for today’s Would You Rather came about. Relaxation, yummy food, sleeping in AND blog post material…ah, girl’s weekends are the best!

Turns out that one of our good girlfriends has a family secret. Someone in her non-immediate family wears ladies’ slingback Crocs, which would be okay, if that person were say not a man.

Needless to say, we were laughing but once she showed us the picture of them, the real hysterics began.


Notice the beautiful, scalloped cut-outs. Quite feminine, right? So masculine.

Obviously, we immediately began discussing the horror we would feel if one of our own husbands began sporting these shoes everywhere he went for an entire summer. You can probably picture it in your own mind…

  • Backyard BBQ at the neighbor’s house for July 4th
  • Trip to the local swimming pool
  • Sunday school and church
  • Dinner out at your favorite restaurant


The possibilities are really endless, right? You have to wonder if people would just stare without asking, or perhaps try to pull you aside to make sure your husband didn’t inadvertently hit the ladies’ shoe sale at Payless. No matter what happened, though, you would be with a man who spent his entire summer wearing OBVIOUSLY ladies’ footwear.


He totally skips out on the sandals. Footwear is not his problem. He knows exactly how to dress to let the world know he is every bit the handsome hunk you married. Except for one tiny, little detail. See, your man knows that keeping his head protected from the sun is a great way to stay cool AND avoid those pesky sunburns. Good for him. I mean, if he was doing it in a cap, instead of one of these.


Maybe you get him both, so he can coordinate better with what he is wearing.

Technically speaking, those are ladies’ sun hats. Why should your hubby not get full coverage from the sun just because his favorite sports team can’t see fit to make a wide brim hat? Seems unfair if you ask me.

The one on the right is actually pretty jaunty if you think about it. That look really transitions well from day to night. The places he could go in one of these fancy hats are endless…

  • Father’s Day special brunch at The Cheesecake Factory
  • Post soccer season party at the local pizza joint
  • Every single swim meet of the summer
  • Back to school picnic to meet all the teachers


It kind of boggles your mind to even think about it all, right? That is the goal here at The Dose of Reality. As if Monday isn’t challenging enough, already, amiright?

Here is what you must decide. Would you rather for the entire summer that your man wear ladies’ Crocs everywhere he goes or a ladies’ straw sun hat?

And remember the rules of this “game”. You must pick one. My ability to fit into my summer, skirted tankini depends on it. When you don’t pick a side, I eat my feelings.

What say you Dose Peeps?









Would You Rather: Summer Sandal Or Summer Hat? — 96 Comments

  1. I love that Ron Burgundy gif. This is a tough one…my hubs has been known to wear sarongs as skirts- when we lived in a hippie community, basically- but ahh! The hat and the crocs would both be even more ridiculous. Crocs I suppose!

    • We might need photo proof of that Christy…you know, for the blog! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, that totally made me laugh out loud!

    • I totally agree with you Lisa, although I do believe that once people saw the Crocs they would be unable to look away! πŸ˜‰

  2. Hands down I will take a pretty hat for my hubby! Being a guy I can not get him to wear sunscreen. *shakes fist in the air* You have no idea what this does to me being an esthetician!! If this is the only way he can get some sun protection so be it. Plus it would make me smile and laugh every time I see him in it so it’s a win win!!

    • Sun protection and a laugh…a total win-win! I think you should do it Susie…and then secretly send us pictures! πŸ˜‰

  3. Very tough call, but I’m going to buck the trend and go with Susie on this one. My husband is sporting a very short cut (working his way to full-on bald. It’s ok, he has a nice, round head!), so I’m all about protecting that sexy noggin’ from the sun’s harmful rays!

    • You are making a smart choice Nicole! He can hardly blame for you for loving him enough to protect his skull! Looks like Father’s Day shopping will be easy this year! πŸ˜‰

  4. Gotta go with crocs, because fewer people look at the feet. But I’m laughing at this because I seriously can’t imagine my husband doing either one. He doesn’t even want to temporarily hold my purse while I reach for something:)

    • HA HA HA HA!! The old purse holding conundrum…I definitely have had my hubby give me the side eye for that one, too! πŸ˜‰

  5. Can I take the ribbon off the sun hat? Then I’d be okay with it. My husband might even wear with without protesting. The shoes? No way! That man is very particular about shoes!

  6. Hahaha – the inner workings of you Dose gals minds never fails to intrigue and amuse me! As much as a toss up as this is – I think I might have to chose the hat as a summer accessory for my make believe hubby! πŸ™‚

  7. Yay Ron! Makes me grin every time. I would go with the hat, because at least it would keep him free of burns and skin cancer. And then I could steal it when I wanted. The shoes are just too, too much.

    • You could totally steal the hat once his summer of wearing it everywhere was over! A total win for you! πŸ™‚

  8. Please it took me years to get my Mechanic husband into actual sandals, however parting with his (many) ball cap would just not fly, so I will have to go with crocs. The fact that no one in our house has any might be a problem though. πŸ˜‰

    • No worries! In these hypothetical situations, the item of choice always magically appears! πŸ˜‰ Crocs it is!

  9. Hahah oh man ladies, this one is good. My dad wears an embarrassingly-feminine looking sun hat, so I’m going to say Crocs for my husband. Plus, I think he would actually be more embarrassed about it than I would, so…

    • Um, obviously, we are going to need a photo of your father. It is really only fair, especially after that description! πŸ˜‰

  10. Crocs, for sure. People may not look down and see them, but the hat is in your face. And he’d probably be bald from hat head by the end of the summer!

  11. Sun hat all the way. Easier to explain away, because we live where the sun mocks our attempts at blocking it. There is no excuse for lady crocs (the socks and sandals are bad enough)

    • Let’s hope they have black in stock Jeanne! Perhaps if not, I can interest you in a lovely shade of pink?! πŸ˜‰

  12. I don’t know if I could cope with either – Chris has hobbit feet but hats on him aren’t my favorite. Hmm…maybe I will leave him in crocs and just head to Hawaii:)

  13. Now, some of these situations are not so bad, but this is terrible. I don’t want my husband doing either! But if I MUST…I’d probably choose the shoes. You might be able to actually get away with not seeing the shoes since they’re all the way down on the ground…but a giant summer hat is hard to ignore. Thankfully, it’s unlikely that Crocs makes women’s sizes that would fit my husband’s hard-to-fit feet!

  14. Such a hilarious thought either way! The worst part is, I could go either way, because I think my husband could pull either off and no one would think anything of it. He simply would not care and people would laugh with him rather than at him because he can be a goof like that.

    • That is most definitely not the worst part Michelle…that is the BEST part! That means your hubby is a total rock star! I think you should have him do both…you know, for the blog! πŸ˜‰

  15. I don’t care how ridiculous he looks, I’m choosing the hat because personally I think there should be a law against crocs!
    I laugh at him all the time anyway, so I guess a few strangers pointing and joining in won’t be so bad πŸ˜€ Haha!

  16. I’m going with the hat. I cannot even imagine Greg in those shoes. I can barely imagine me in them, I’m not a fan of crocs. Period. At least the hat we could all laugh openly at, the shoes – I’ll bet people whisper about the shoes.

  17. I am having SUCH a hard time choosing, simply because I want to NOT pick one- and then I want to watch you eat your feelings. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! And look at YOU wearing a TANKINI!!!! I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in one of those… my stomach would simply OOZE out of it. Unless of course the bottoms have that wonderful large maternity elastic around the waste, then perhaps I could pull it off.

    So- dare I pick one just to challenge you to TAKE A PICTURE of you in your tankini? Or dare I NOT pick one and challenge you to do a utube of you eating your feelings?

    Gosh. I’m just not sure which would be more delightful.


    Oh fine. CROCS. And they should and will be BLACK. *Saving face for the man*

    • HA HA HA HA!! My tankinis come with FULL coverage my friend! If I could get away with a wet suit that is what I would choose! πŸ˜‰
      And honestly you might have just given me a great WYR suggestion, because I cannot even imagine the thought of willingly posting a photo of myself in a bathing suit!!

  18. When I saw the title of this post, I thought well that’s not a tough choice – HA! – there must be a catch! And there was. Seriously…the mister in a floppy hat or scalloped crocs?!?! Yikes!! Since I have to choose I’m going with the crocs. Then I’m going to buy the mister a bunch of extra long khaki pants to cover them up.
    Glad you had such a great time on your Girls’ Getaway. They are the best!

    • You know us too well Mo! There is always a catch! πŸ˜‰ The Crocs with the pants is a good choice!

  19. That’s it. I’m locking my husband in the closet for the entire summer. Either that or we go our separate way and see ya in the Fall! It really wouldn’t matter which one I picked, getting hubby to wear one of those would be like wrestling a grizzly into a thong bikini. πŸ™‚

    Have a blessed day.!!

    • They are definitely less visible, although the moment someone does spot them…watch out! πŸ˜‰

  20. I’d seriously contemplate divorcing my husband over that! Since I have to choose, I’d go with the sandals because (hopefully) they wouldn’t be as noticeable.

  21. I’m sorry but I have to bail on this one. There is no way I could get my husband to do either, so much so that I can’t even imagine what I would prefer because all I can picture is him saying never, ever, ever!!! Ever! Even in my mind!! Lol! Sorry!!

    • Thank God I have this VERY large bag of Peanut M&M’s here to comfort me in my time of need! πŸ˜‰

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