Open Toe Shoes

"High-Glam with Peeptoe Shoes"


Open toe shoes have been the cutting-edge shoe trend for the past few years and will maintain its momentum in the next few seasons. It's no wonder they're here to stay; peep toe shoes are just so irresistibly sexy yet sophisticated!

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You and I should look forward to these retro-inspired shoes as they are continuously being morphed into designs you've never seen before. Peep toe shoes can add a chic glam-factor of your outfit!

Whatever season we're in, open toe shoes will always add a little va-va-voom to your style. You can find them in all kinds of designs, such as vampy open toe boots, cute & classic flats and of course, the classic and wonderful pump style.

Thanks to Sex & the City Carrie Bradshaw the peep toe booties have become a major hit and won't make us look stupid in winter! They're perfect for both everyday and special occasions, from skinny jeans, tights to pencil skirts.

How to Buy Open Toe Shoes

Flatter your legs

A couple of basics when it comes to buying open toe shoes is to select a pair that flatter your legs and height.

Peep toe shoes are in general quite flattering because they show some skin at the tip of your feet. However there are some adjustments that need to be made if you are Petite and/or have full/short legs:

    Red open toe pumps with bow
    Via Zappos

  • Opt for open toes in a color that is similar to your bottom (skin tone, hosiery or bottom) to visually elongate your legs. Color blocking instantly shortens your legs.
  • Select a heel shape that is scaled to the size of your feet and ankles. So opt for a sturdier heel. Thinner if you have delicate legs.
  • Details and colors draw attention downwards and are a great way to highlight a pair of great legs or balance out a top-heavy body shape. Overload of footwear interest can shorten your legs, so keep the details simple. Or opt for vertical details that draw the eye up and down (eg. visible zipper)

Consider your office's dress code

Open toe shoes are usually inappropriate for formal office settings because of their slightly playful look. However, they're perfectly fine in casual/business casual environment and can be a chic way to spiff up your pencil skirts. Each office setting has their own set of dress code so be sure to check with them first.

Select the right shoe size

Make sure that it doesn't look like your one big toe it sticking out like a camel's toe or like your foot is giving someone the 'finger'. So make sure you pick the right size for your feet (length and width-wise).

Another trick to looking fantastic in open toe shoes is to wear a pair which reveals at least a part of the next toe so that the one big toe doesn't look lonely.



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How to Wear Peep Toe Shoes

For Fall/Winter

Burgundy open toe shoes by Steve Madden Burgundy Open Toe Boots
Courtesy of Steve Madden





Fashion tip Pair them up with hosiery like for example opaque or cable knit tights, lace tights or leggings. This allows you to wear your peep toes when the temperature starts to dip.

The hosiery will balance heavier sweaters and layered looks, so you'll avoid looking like a huge cone.

    fashion tip Tip: Another unusual trend that was a a no-no a few years ago, is the socks, sandals and skirt/dress outfit, so you might want to add a pair of knee high socks to expand this sassy shoe trend (applies only to stylish shoes like pumos and boots, not strappy sandals and flip flops!)



Be Creative

Black open toe boots
Fashion tip This means that although they ooze a glamorous sex appeal you can pair them with something casual, and not just with your cocktail dress or pencil skirt.

Mixing casual with glam is super-chic and ups your style envelope. Wear a pair of peep toe boots with knit sweaters, long tees or tunics. Or try peep toe flats with jeans or shorts.

You might also want to try different shoe styles such as ankle booties, wedges, gladiator sandals and ballerina flats.

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Fashion tip Great-looking Toes

Get them pedicured, manicured and maybe trim the hair on 'em too. Also switch nail polish color for a sassy shoe look; choose from French nude, pink, red, purple, black, you name it!

    fashion tip Tip: Chipped nail polish or dirty nails + open toe = so not sexy. It looks cheap :-S



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