After the initial comment they always go on to chat, this guy included, so it’s a real winner.
Effectiveness – 10/10 – Tip: You probably don’t really have to love their shoes.
He laughs, says ‘wow, that’s a hell of a line’ but admits he has a girlfriend.
He says if he didn’t he’d have given me his number, though, and I leave, pleased I appear to have made his night. But it gives me the chance to establish he has an accent so, after being given a lighter and cigarette I don’t need, I chat to Pedro and Flávio about Portugal. Effectiveness – 7/10 – Really good but best to use it if you actually smoke…
I didn’t know whether it would be better to go for a simple greeting or an attention-grabbing joke.
So I did the only logical thing – I made a list and set out on a Friday night to try them, with only a friend and a vodka and soda for support. 1) I approach Matt, a guy with dirty-blonde hair in a parka standing by a jukebox.
Effectiveness – 8/10 – Funny, flattering and not sleazy. 3) I introduce myself to a ginger guy called David and his tall, cute friend and ask if we can sit with them. Plus who wants to carry ice about and get their hands all wet?
2) I spot a handsome Mediterranean-looking guy going for a cigarette with his mate. They say yes and we end up talking films because they work at the cinema. 5) The problem I have with this line is it takes me quite some time to find a man whose shoes I genuinely love.
When they return and his friend goes to the loo, I swoop and ask if I can borrow his lighter. Then Dave drops a hint about his mate’s girlfriend and we move off. 4) I pick out an ice cube from my drink, carry it over to the slick-haired, muscly carpenter I have my eye on and throw it down. He laughs a bit but I soon establish James is sweet but very, very drunk. But I eventually fix on a barman with cute Jack Jones’ and lovely curly brown hair to boot.
I’ve tried this line on other men and am surprised how consistently well it works – not necessarily shoes but just complimenting something they’re wearing.
Like all the best stories, this one starts in a pub.
Sick of internet dating, I asked the landlord how I should go about chatting up men in real life.
Before I knew it, the whole bar was suggesting chat up lines for me to try out.There was a huge range – from subtle, chatty openers to cheesy, outrageous lines.