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

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 31
670 posts
Busy bee

As long as it’s not a safety issue, I would say go for it based on your position/environment. I also think it depends on the shoe, my rule is I never wear sandals to work that split my toes and my toes are nicely manicured. I’ve worked in variety of environments (including suit/tie corporate finance) and this rule seems to fit all of them. Whether or not to wear nylons depends on where you work. 

Post # 32
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

In my previous career one location required that the men wear suits and the women wear pantyhose.  Our dress code was very strict, but I would buy for open toe shoes and rock my peep toes and open toes.  Most jobs since then (thank the heavens) was more business causal and I’ve never had to buy a pair of pantyhose since.  I’ve always worn open toe/peep toe to work along with pumps and boots.  

Post # 33
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My office is business-casual, but some dress business all week while others skew closer to casual. I stick to business-casual myself. 

I don’t mind peep-toed shoes, but open-toed shoes/sandals are pushing it for me. Flip-flops are horrendous for officewear, in my opinion, but some women wear them at my office and think it’s acceptable. 

Post # 34
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My office is extremely casual. I wear the peep toes, open toes, flip flops, dresses/skirts with bare legs, and sleevless tops (no spagetti straps though). There are ladies in my office that even wear shorts in the summer (this is where I personally draw the line.  I realize that my office is much for relaxed than most, but I think peep toes are acceptable just about anywhere in 2016 (exceptions being the courtroom or a job interview).

Post # 35
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I work at an ad agency, so pretty much anything goes. People in the creative and production teams usually dress pretty casually, but people who are Ann the account side dress up a little more because they have to go to client meetings.  But even account people wear open toed shoes and sandals. And I have never seen anyone wear nylons…maybe black tights in the winter, but you would definitely stand out if you wore nylons at my office! 

Also, I had the ends of my hair died purple when I interviewed for my current job, and my interviewer told me she loved it and offered me the job within the hour. 

I guess it really does depend on the type of business you are in!

Post # 36
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m another bee who thinks it depends on the office environment. My workplace is actually pretty casual – during the summer, most of the women, including myself, wear sandals (dressier ones, we can’t wear flip flops or anything like that). I have a couple of pairs of open toe wedges that I wear quite regularly and I think they look fine. Other women wear open toe/peep toe shoes and they also look fine.

Post # 37
400 posts
Helper bee

Definitely depends on the field. I can see it being an issue in certain banking or law offices, but outside of that I don’t think nylons are really a thing anymore and peep toes are fine. I’m in historic preservation and recently attended meetings on Capitol Hill with Senate staffers for a lobbying event. I wore a high-necked, sleeveless black dress with minimal jewelry, bare legs and black pumps and was one of the most dressed-up people there. I don’t own a pair of black peep-toe heels but if I did I don’t think they would have been out of place. Most of the people were wearing flats.

Post # 38
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I went to business school, and think open toed (including peep-toes, yuck) shoes are not appropriate for work.  

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  strawbabies.
Post # 39
3820 posts
Honey bee

theatrejulia:  Four words: Donna Karan toeless stockings.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  zl27.
Post # 40
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

zl27:  never heard of it, lol. Let me google…

Danskin has similar toeless dance tights. I’ll just be old fashioned I guess. Maybe when it gets arid hot here I will change my mind. Thanks!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  theatrejulia.
Post # 41
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Large investment firm.  We didnt extend a job offer to applicants who break the office code dress code (there is one).  Lots of millennials are surprisingly dense with this so much so that we only offered one intern a job starting this fall.

Post # 42
1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Hodgy527:  i dont wear open toed shoes in our office, but i think its because i had it drilled into me that its against OH&S to wear them to work, as oppose to against the dress code.

Post # 43
3820 posts
Honey bee

forgotusername:  millenials are dense in so many ways, not to mention entitled. 

Post # 45
3820 posts
Honey bee

Hodgy527:  when there are endless WSJ articles about this issue, I think I am safe in my stereotype.

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