The New York Times recently ran a story with an interesting premise: men are beginning to use nail polish on both their hands and feet. The piece discusses a number of individuals with different backgrounds who paint their nails in different ways.
First, there is a federal government budget analyst who likes to get pedicures with his wife. The finishing touch on the pedicure is usually nail polish for his toes. He likes shades of green or orange, though of course he is able to hide his nails whenever he is wearing shoes.
Another man is a bar owner in New York who wears black fingernail polish virtually everyday. It is kind of a trademark for him, and he says that the feedback he gets is fairly positive when he is at work.
Finally, a third male is a middle-aged doctor who likes to get manicures and wear a clear topcoat on his nails. He believes that the resulting integrity of his fingers puts his patients at ease. While this might be the case, he does not venture into wearing bright colors on his fingers; he sticks with clear polish only.
Certainly, men are far from embracing nail polish and nail art to the same extent that women do. However, there is a clear trend that nail polish for men is becoming more acceptable. There are now several lines of nail polish designed especially for males.