What’s more, feet invariably end up covered in dirt – and the male foot is unattractive enough without the horror of a sooty sole. And all this before I even touch upon that blood-curdling slapping sound they make. Thing is, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of decent-looking sandals out there. Classic Birkenstocks are still my choice, but Dries Van Noten’s grosgrain ones are great if you’re after something a little more stylish, and you can’t go wrong with a fisherman’s sandal for comfort and practicality, especially as the heel strap keeps the things on. Whatever flip-flop alternative you slip your feet into this summer, though, first do me a favour and give your trotters the once over with a gadget like the Micro Pedi Man hard skin remover (available from amazon.co.uk for around ￡12). It’s much more effective than a cheese grater-style foot file and, given the fact that it tickles like hell and produces a huge cloud of skin dust, infinitely more fun.