(Closed) NWR: Open toed shoes in the office?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
3611 posts
Sugar bee

This was drilled into my head at various points, and I’ve never been able to understand why. I have friends who insist that peep toe shoes are “slutty” and it’s completely unacceptable to wear them to the office, but I just don’t see what is so bad about them. It’s your freaking toes showing, you’re not going to the office bare chested.

Personally, I don’t wear them to work because I don’t wear heels for everyday and I’ve never seen a pair of peep toe flats I like enough to buy, but I wouldn’t swear them off as being unacceptable in an office setting.

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had that nylons must be worn with business skirts and dresses, open toes just look odd with nylons. I cannot wrap my little head around bare legs. Might just be me

Post # 4
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Outside office events I could see where wearing open toed shoes would be acceptable but normal work days in the office I wouldnt. I have three no-nos for office wear(and I work in a super casual office), one being no open toed shoes or sandals, no tank tops/sleeveless shirts, and three no destroyed jeans or leggings. 

Post # 6
14977 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I work in an office environment (engineering) and I’ll wear open toe sandals, sleeveless shirts (4 fingers wide so it covers most the shoulders, no spaghetti straps), and leggings… jeans and a nice top are my daily uniform.  Might be different for a more “professional” management setting?

Post # 7
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wear peep toe heels during warmer months, but not full open toe sandal type heels. It’s mostly because 99% of my work wear involves pants, and it just looks silly with what appears to be a bare foot. I totally wear bright color shoes, or a bright blouse under a jacket, just for a pop of color. 

Post # 8
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Hodgy527:  I work in a business environment where the men are in 3-piece suits and heels are required for women. While I think the appropriateness varies from office culture to office culture, peep-toe shoes are acceptable whereas open-toe/sandals are not. If wearing peep toe, you should have a fresh pedi.

Post # 9
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’ve been wearing business clothes for 9 years now, and never heard of open toed shoes being wrong. I wear them, my coworkers do, even our management team does. I see no issue with them, or bright, fun shoes. Only thing I loathe is leggings. Vomit.

Post # 10
8503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Hodgy527:  I think they are fine as long as you have a pedicure TBH. If you have gross looking toes then cover them up. I aim for looking polished more than following strict guidelines beyond what my employer has dictated (for example I can never wear jeans to work). 

Post # 11
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Hodgy527:  I worked in marketing and advertising for racetrack for a while, so a lot of our outside office events were at golf courses, on the race track, car shows, vineyards, and all day concert events. Being comfortable at an all day event in the summer was a priority. I made the mistake of wearing some leather ballerena flats for one of my first events and not only were my feet hot and uncomfotable all day they were sweaty so I was sliding around in my shoes. yuck. 



Post # 12
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

It depends on the office. My friends who work in banking need to wear pantyhose and closed toe shoes everyday, but in my office it’s totally okay to wear open toed shoes and jeans. Some people even wear flip flops, but personally I think it’s taking it a little too far

Post # 13
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that peep toe can be fine in most situations and I find that this style is really popular now so especially for summer I will usuall wear something like that (obviously with my toes done nicely) but I can also see the point about wearing nylons and I think that nylons look horrible with open toes of any kind (they do make nylons specifically for that though which are better but sometimes hard to find)

some of my clients do have rules about open toe due to there being manufacturing onsite but generally in the office its fine.

I do think that a closed toe pump is more “professional” and conservative looking than a peep toe so I would keep my audience in mind (ie job interview would always be closed toe with nylons IMO)

Post # 14
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think it really depends on the office enviorment. 

I would never wear an open toe pump or a summer heeled sandal to an interview but do to the office. I also wear brightly colored shoes at a professional height. 

If you work in an enviorment where you have to wear nylons then I think it would be closed toe shoes always. 

I do think many enviorments have gone away from the idea of having to wear nylons. 

Post # 15
5836 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I work in finance in NYC and I’ll wear peep toes in the summer time if I don’t have any meetings. But if I’m seeing senior people, I’ll switch to pumps. I don’t wear hose, I hate them so much.

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