Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
I know this may seem dumb, but I cannot figure out the etiquette of open toed shoes in an office environment. Back story: I went to business school and most of our professionalism classes were centered around menswear (my business school was like 90% men), however, they always drilled into the ladies that open toed shoes were extremely unprofessional (as well as brightly colored shoes, but that’s a topic for another day). Because of 4 years of this conditioning, I always viewed them as a huge no-no in the office.
However, everytime I go to a networking event in the spring/summer, it seems women (who I highly respect!) are wearing open toe or peep toe shoes. Is it actually okay to wear open toe shoes? What are your thoughts on office appropriate footwear?
Note: I get this might be a “know your office” type situation, but I work with all men and there is no formal dress code, which gets very confusing. This is my first job out of college and I would say our office is smart casual/pretty casual business casual.
Post # 2
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
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
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 # 5
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
gingerkitty: that’s an interesting perspective. I personally try to dress more formally when I have a networking event. Im curious what your reeasoning for thinking it’s more okay at outside office events? (No shade, honest curiosity)
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.