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Open toe court shoes- ok for office wear?

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Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 12:50:18

I'm looking at a pair that have a very small peep toe at the end (just a bit of the big toe shows). Obviously I would have to maintain my pedicure!

Are these suitable for office wear (professional services) when it's this hot?

BlueSkySunnyDay Tue 09-Jul-13 12:57:12

I cant see any reason why they wouldn't be as long as your pedicure wasn't chipped.

Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 13:00:34

Thanks, I think so too. There's also the tights issue since I would be wearing with a knee length skirt. Might have to get some of those slightly silly toeless ones.

MotherofDragons82 Tue 09-Jul-13 13:20:43

Yep, fine, IMO. I'm wearing a pair today with a knee-length dress (and unchipped toenails).

NotAQueef Tue 09-Jul-13 13:24:45

hmm that it wouldn't be ok if your pedicure was chipped!
This is for 2 reasons:
a) I've never had a pedicure in my life
b) who the eff spends their time at work looking at women's toes? apart from those with a foot fetish

In answer to your question OP - yes I think they would be fine.
I often wear peep toe flats (never wear heels) and shock have been known to have a less than perfect finish on my toesl.

Now I know that to get a promotion, I need to first get a pedicure.

NotAQueef Tue 09-Jul-13 13:25:08


Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 13:44:59

notaqueef for me, bare toenails- fine. Chipped varnish- not fine.
Personally I don't like the look of my bare toenails so always have a splash of varnish in summer. That's all I mean by a (DIY) pedicure (that and making sure my heels aren't dry and cracked)

Whether or not it is right, I do think things like this matter in places with a smart dress code.

TravelinColour Tue 09-Jul-13 13:45:50

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TravelinColour Tue 09-Jul-13 13:46:14

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reggiebean Tue 09-Jul-13 13:51:14

Agree with Travel. Depending on your office dress code, I think open-toed shoes may be a bit too casual. Does anyone else in your office wear them?

My personal rule of thumb is that if your superiors don't wear it, you shouldn't wear it.

eurozammo Tue 09-Jul-13 13:57:59

I work in the City in professional services (law firm). I am wearing a pair of open-toe heels today (no tights) and have been for most of the past couple of weeks. I'm not the only one here either.

I'd only wear closed toe for court but for general office wear I think it is fine to get your toes out.

Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 14:07:16

hmmm Travelincolour you are the voice of my doubts. To explain further, I'm starting a new job next month so haven't had a chance to fully check out the dress code in the office. Also, am used to City of London conventions, but the new job is elsewhere (don't know whether that makes a difference).

eurozammo Tue 09-Jul-13 14:10:45

For a new job, my advice would be to start smart and then copy what others do!

Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 14:13:20

YY reggiebean my usual rule is 'dress for the job above you".

CinnabarRed Tue 09-Jul-13 14:15:35

It wouldn't be OK where I work (one of the Big 4 professional services firms).

reggiebean Tue 09-Jul-13 14:16:47

Yes, especially if it's a new job, I'd leave them at home for the first couple of weeks until you can scout it out.

Good luck with the new job though!

Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 14:22:14

Good advice, thanks. I might buy them because they such a bargain- but keep them under the desk for a while!

Xiaoxiong Tue 09-Jul-13 14:22:31

At my old law firm (silver circle in the City) this would have been fine. But this would be pushing it and this would not be ok. For court, closed toed only.

Unchipped pedicure in opaque neutral/conservative shade absolutely essential mostly to hide any dirt.

But absolutely agree with the advice to start a new job as conservative as possible and then see what everyone else is doing.

Pendulum Tue 09-Jul-13 14:28:07

Xiaoxiong most definitely like your first pair. And matt navy leather.

MrsSpagBol Tue 09-Jul-13 14:29:09

Lol at Xiao how long did it take you to find all those links!! love it!

Xiaoxiong Tue 09-Jul-13 14:35:21

mrsspag I had them all open already because I was responding to ohfook's thread just below, asking for help with an outfit for an interview smile

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 09-Jul-13 14:38:35

My office bans open toed shoes - if it's for an interview it's a shade informal I'd say.

MrsSpagBol Tue 09-Jul-13 19:12:20

Ah ok Xia0 I am still impressed!

ShoeWhore Tue 09-Jul-13 20:55:55

When I worked for a Big 4 consultancy (many moons ago, when women were only just allowed to wear trousers and men's shirts could only be blue or white) a small open toe would have been absolutely fine.

BlueSkySunnyDay Wed 10-Jul-13 12:23:38

Queef Pendulum mentioned that she had a pedicure. Bare toe nails are fine but if you had bright varnish on then chipped varnish is on a par with badly scuffed dirty shoes.hmm

I don't get a pedicure, I personally do my own nails

I would hope if you were up for promotion the decision would be based on work not nails

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