Writing left handed

You Want Me to Wear WHAT?

trying on a thong

What My Preschoolers Taught MeOkay, before we get started with today’s post, a bit of housekeeping.  Firstly, I have published a new piece in Skirt Magazine called “What My Preschoolers Taught Me about Shopping like a Grown Up.”  At least that’s what it was supposed to be called.  The editor thought the title was a bit long (can’t imagine why…) but it’s still a fun read for those of you who have enjoyed my stories about The School and all of the little beach balls who have come tumbling in and out of my classroom for the past two years.

Secondly, I have finally caved to mounting pressures to get serious about my blog and my relationships with all of you, since without you I’d probably have descended into complete insanity by now.   To this end, I am launching an official e-newsletter.

That’s right: a newsletter.

It’s going to be fabulous, and infrequent, unlike the seemingly hourly dispatches I’ve been receiving from The Body Shop after signing up for their loyalty card…

It will include links to my latest blog posts for those of you who don’t have the time to read them as they arrive in your inbox, plus an embarrassing photograph from my personal archives, and—best of all— some sort of super amazing, secret content available exclusively to you, my loyal fans.

How can you subscribe?

I’m so glad you asked.

The good news is if you already subscribe to this blog via email, I’ve automatically added you to the list.  The bad news is if you subscribe through WordPress, or don’t already subscribe to this blog, you’ll have to click here to add yourself.  You can opt out as well, simply by hitting “Unsubscribe.”

My intent is to send updates every two weeks but knowing me, this will never happen so I’m going to aim for once a month.  As you may have noticed, I’ve been implementing quite a few changes here at Fieldwork in Stilettos and I don’t want any of you to get lost in the fray so I’m hoping a newsletter will help to keep everyone in the loop.

Now, getting down to business.

trying on a thongThe Wedding Date and I are having a bit of an issue.

About thongs.

By which I mean mainly the footwear but also the underwear, at least hypothetically speaking.

It all started a few weeks ago when I found myself at an outlet mall outside of Ocean City, face to face with a pair of gorgeous, heavily discounted, men’s sandals.  I called The Wedding Date immediately to inquire as to his shoe size and even though he quickly realized what I was up to (and refused to tell me), I made an educated guess.

And I was right.

The only problem was that he HATES flip flops.  And even though they fit him perfectly, he complained and complained and spent the entire afternoon muttering about Chinese foot binding under his breath.

But I like the way they look, and I can’t understand why he finds them so damn uncomfortable.  I mean, they’re thongs!  Who doesn’t like thongs?

Well… me, for starters.  And now, in case you hadn’t realized, I’m talking about the other type of thongs: the dental-floss-up-your-butt type of thongs.  And, as you can probably tell from my description, I do NOT wear these types of thongs.

The Wedding Date has never actually asked me to wear a thong.  He always tells me that he loves me just the way I am, no matter what I’m wearing, and even though I don’t usually believe him (he is a guy, after all), he’s never called me from Victoria’s Secret to inquire about my size…

So what do you think?  Am I being irrational or is he?  I mean, plenty of people don’t like things sticking between their butt cheeks, but between their toes?  It’s not like I’m asking him to parade around in four-inch stilettos (which, come to think of it, he’s never asked me to do either)…


24 Responses to “You Want Me to Wear WHAT?”

  1. Dani W

    I hate thongs too. I don’t understand how they’re comfortable. BUT I have a pair that came with a matching bra. I don’t wear it except for maybe twenty minutes at a time as a treat for my boyfriend, and I’m sure you can guess why it’s only on for twenty minutes. So there’s an idea for you – get a thong as a treat for your man, but don’t feel obliged to wear it to outside of the bedroom!

  2. aka gringita

    Sorry… I don’t wear flip flops either. Feels… icky and uncomfortable and awkward and wrong.

    Some of us have sensitive toes, I guess. 🙂

  3. Maia Simon

    I agree. His comfort is more important than your sense of style for him. Sorry, Kat.

  4. Jill

    Michael almost broke his ankle because of thong sandals. I’m sure that’s not TWD’s issue, but I vote leave his toes alone. And I wouldn’t go down the other path either. That just looks beyond uncomfortable.

  5. amandamorrisphd

    Leave the man his thongless existence. It’s ok. Other things are more important…and if the shoes annoy him that much, just let it go. You want him to be happy and comfortable, yes? 😉

  6. Steph

    My husband doesn’t wear flip flops either. He says they aren’t practical because if he needed to suddenly run somewhere (???), they would be too difficult to run in. I, on the other hand, will wear them any chance I get as long as the temperatures outside are at least 50 degrees.

    Also, I think an important question to ask yourself is if TWD’s feet are appropriate (aka, good looking enough) for flip flops. I think we’ve all seen the guy walking down the street in flip flops and ask ourselve why he would be wearing dark wool socks. But then we realize that no, those are not wool socks but are, in fact, his actual feet. Some guys just don’t have the feet for flip flops. 🙂

    • Kat Richter

      Hahah! Good point. I think his feet are good looking enough for flip flops but he’s probably going to read this comment and adopt your hubby’s POV.

  7. Wilma

    Fair is fair. If you make him wear thong footwear, I think you need to wear thong underwear.

    I actually prefer thong underwear, because you don’t have to worry about pantylines. I’ve never found a thong to be uncomfortable.

    • Kat Richter

      You know, most of my students (the older ones anyway) wear thongs for that exact reason. I just can’t get used to them. One of the gowns I’m planning to wear on our cruise is pretty clingy so I’m debating between A) a thong B) one of those freaky old lady girdle type of contraptions or C) nothing. I will probably go with C 🙂

      • Wilma

        Wow. You go girl! About the time I would do that I’d fall down in my heels and flash my who-ha. I can’t be trusted without underwear. 🙂

        I can’t be trusted to wear white pants either. I’m just clumsy like that.

  8. sarahnsh

    I’m sorry, I’m not on your side when it comes to thong footwear. I hate them, I can’t even wear those thong sandals and they rip the skin in-between my toes and I end up limping within a short amount of time. I don’t even wear sandals, I either walk out of them or if I stupidly got those thong sandals because I was thinking about fashion and not my well-being I end up with blisters everywhere.
    Now, thong underwear is weird but I can deal with it. I just gotta wear them consistently and then they stop bothering me… as much. 😉

  9. Philly Tap Teaser

    I discovered Havaiana flip flops several years ago. They are the most comfortable and well-made flip flops on the planet. And they are made in Brazil, which is sort of like Colombia, isn’t it? 🙂 They are made out of this different kind of rubber, or whatever flip flops are made of – I can’t explain it, you just have to try them.

  10. Dave

    I’m with you Kat, flip flops 4ever! I even got busted by a Major for wearing them over here a few months back, something about inappropriate footwear for a warzone. I dunno I stopped listening when I realized she was a thongist. I can’t abide narrow-minded people.

    • Kat Richter

      Haha, total double standard, right? Although I suppose closed-toe shoes would probably be a good thing in your line of work 🙂

  11. carfreeinthechristmascity

    My husband won’t wear flip flops either. He thinks they’re very uncomfortable. Conversely, I lived in them until he bought me Birkenstocks. He’s hardly adverse to sandals though and it sounds like your beau has found a decent compromise!

  12. becky119

    Yeah…flip flops or ‘thongs’ are uncomfortable. I very rarely wear them. But thong underwear I prefer…especially when wearing tight pants ’cause then I don’t have to worry about bunching or anything. I have learned my lesson after a particularly windy day and no longer wear thongs with skirts. Boyshorts or panties for skirts. Dresses are another story all together


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