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

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 16
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hodgy527:  I work in a pretty stuffy environment, and it really depends on the shoes. Peep toe heels/pumps and wedges are fine. Open toe flat, stiletto-heeled and strappy sandals are a no-no. And of course nicely pedicured (not necessarily painted but clean, shaped/filed and moisturized) toenails are a must. 

Post # 17
697 posts
Busy bee

Personally, I don’t wear peep toe shoes because I have busted ass feet from years of pointe and horseback riding/owning horses. But tons of women at my work wear them and I see no issue with it at all!

Post # 18
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hodgy527:  I work for a huge company (world wide) and you can wear open toe shoes as long as they are not flip flop like. 

Post # 19
4552 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t own any peep-toe shoes (I tend to avoid heels anyway), but I think those are fine in a professional environment. I would forgo open toe or strappy sandals, though. (My office doesn’t necessarily require nylons with skirts, but I wear pants 99.9% of the time, so it’s been a non-issue for me when picking shoes.)


Post # 20
3151 posts
Sugar bee

I have observed that where I’m from, women who are higher in the corporate hierarchy are more daring style-wise: bolder colors, statement jewelry, etc.  I guess the feeling is that they have consistently proven their credentials, skills and talents, and therefore are entitled to break some rules.  Those who have not yet reached those higher leves, on the other hand, are somewhat expected to follow the unwritten rules.

Post # 21
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would say it depends on the environment. I went on an interview for a job and noticed a lady wearing like shoes I would wear for a wedding. Needless to say I ended up wearing a uniform because people could not dress appropriatly and the salesmen could not stop staring and sell cars.

Post # 22
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Thong sandals are probably out, but a tasteful open-toed shoe seems reasonable in the office. 

Post # 23
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I agree with a PP who said they learned to wear nylons, and those look dumb with a peep toed shoe.  However, I live in an area where in summer it is basically unbearable to wear nylons.  I have definitely worn open toed shoes to work when I’m not wearing tights and I think it’s okay then.  I just like to make sure that the polish on my toenails looks good and isn’t chipped.

Post # 24
1993 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My office doesn’t doesn’t seem to care. We wear jeans, leggings, bright colored shoes, open toed. 


God I love my job.

Post # 25
238 posts
Helper bee

Really depends on the office.  I am in Australia and nobody would think twice about this. We do not always wear hose as during summer it is rediculously hot. I guess it would be different if you worked for a major bank or something.


I now work in mining and wear steel caps every day.

Post # 26
1581 posts
Bumble bee

I think I may have been conditioned to think the same.  I do not, and would not wear open toes to work.  I wear black trouser socks and black patent leather flats or heels.  Even if it’s casual day (I’m a therapist in a school).  I also grew up being told no open toed shoes for safety reasons. 

Post # 27
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I work right outside of downtown in an office and wear skinny jeans and sandals to work. But I feel so out of place and unprofessional when i walk through downtown and see ladies wearing business clothing. On the flip side, my office and others in our industry seem to be very casual.

Post # 28
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m in engineering/it. Our office is really laid back, young, And hip lol. At my previous job I dressed in business attire with no open toes. Now I am like SJP in sex and the city lol. I don’t see a problem with wearing a nice business outfit and some open toed shoes. I’ve seen far worse than toes in offices…

Post # 30
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

Open-toed shoes are a big no-no for us lawyers — at least where I worked. 

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