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View Poll Results: guys wear nail polish are...
gay 26 59.09%
creative 7 15.91%
metrosexual 2 4.55%
confused 8 18.18%
sexy 1 2.27%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-03-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: New York
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It's pretty common here in NYC, it's not really an indicator of one's sexual orientation just a preference IMO. No reason why women have to corner the market on having interesting colored nails.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Northwest USA
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I do not recall whether I have commented on this thread before, and I find it somewhat interesting that it has re-emerged at the same time as a thread about men wearing Birkenstocks and other sandals is running.

I am an older guy, and I often wear color on my toes with sandals.

Trash me as you wish, but here’s the story. A couple of years ago, I had a chronic ingrown nail on one of my big toes treated, resulting in the loss of that toenail. I also am “blessed” with Morton’s toes, where my second toes extend beyond the first big toes. The middle-aged woman podiatrist who treated me warned me that I would likely loose the big toenail, and upon looking at my other toes, recommended that I wear sandals or other open-toe shoes as much as possible. Then, further discussing the loss of the nail and the slightly deformed nails on the second toes, she suggested that I could get an artificial nail and paint them to make them look better, saying something to the effect that “that’s a thing now for guys to do that” and adding that she personally liked the look. Hmmm... I was already getting pedis for General foot health, so the next time I went for a pedi, I asked my nail tech if she had heard of men wearing color. She replied enthusiastically that yes, she did that for other male clients, and suggested we give it a try. I did, I liked the look much better than the bare and Missing nail appearance.

So I now wear color regularly and like the look. And, just for the record, I’m as straight as they come. My preferences are the darker colors. I did try pink briefly but did not like the look and took it off.

So there you have it - wearing color polish with sandals and no reticence or concerns.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:57 AM
 
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It's pretty common here in NYC, it's not really an indicator of one's sexual orientation just a preference IMO. No reason why women have to corner the market on having interesting colored nails.

I think this is the main thing. Lots of modes and customs are regional things. What seems the norm in NYC (for instance) would NOT be the norm in OKC.


Some cities have basically seen it all and nothing raises an eyebrow. Little towns off the beaten path might be gobsmacked and stare slack jawed at a guy wearing pink nail polish. Seems like everyone eventually adjusts.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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I think this is the main thing. Lots of modes and customs are regional things. What seems the norm in NYC (for instance) would NOT be the norm in OKC.


Some cities have basically seen it all and nothing raises an eyebrow. Little towns off the beaten path might be gobsmacked and stare slack jawed at a guy wearing pink nail polish. Seems like everyone eventually adjusts.
Nah, we'd just think they're gay.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:16 PM
 
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Nah, we'd just think they're gay.
And they'd think you were provincial.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:14 AM
 
Location: New York
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I think this is the main thing. Lots of modes and customs are regional things. What seems the norm in NYC (for instance) would NOT be the norm in OKC.


Some cities have basically seen it all and nothing raises an eyebrow. Little towns off the beaten path might be gobsmacked and stare slack jawed at a guy wearing pink nail polish. Seems like everyone eventually adjusts.
True, I guess population density helps a lot too. If you stopped here to stare at everyone/everything that seemed to be outside the norm, you'd have that as a full-time job. So eventually what's weird one place, isn't so much the other, different strokes and all.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I am a guy with zero interest in painting my fingernails or toenails.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:48 AM
 
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It seems to be a lot more common with fingernails. I would say that it mostly falls into 3 categories:
Gay
Pulling pranks
Went with their girlfriend
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