I’ve only used a purse one time in public that my wife loaned me. I have, however, used man bags on occassion. They are basically purses for men, a very popular accesory for men in Europe. I use mine when I am dressed in sweatpants or board shorts in the summer. Also, there are times I have to carry things that won’t fit in my pockets and I use them. One is a shoulder bag, the other is a waist bag. My wife does have a crossbody purse and offered one of them for me to use. I tried it but it didn’t work for me.