Open-toe shoes are what it says on the tin. These shoes feature an opening at the toe area, which allows toes to be seen.
Make sure your feet and toes are ready for open-toe shoe season (Credit: Creative Lab / Shutterstock)
The inspiration for open-toe shoes came from the type of sandals that you would wear to the beach.
Made of shimmery silver mirrored leather, this open-toe sandal features glamorous gems on its PVC straps that wrap across the toe and around the ankle
The open-toe style first became popular in the 1940s and 1970s and has had several resurgences, including in the early and late 2000s.
Open-toe shoes have evolved remarkably, catering to diverse preferences with an extensive range of styles and colors. From ankle boots to slingbacks, these once trendy choices have become a fashion industry staple.
Whether you’re seeking the latest fashion-forward options or timeless classics, renowned fashion houses consistently incorporate open-toe designs into their permanent collections, ensuring there’s always something to suit every individual’s taste.
This inclusive approach ensures that open-toe shoes remain a versatile choice regardless of current trends, allowing individuals to express their unique style and personality effortlessly.
A pair of open-toe shoes can help to elongate your legs and make you appear taller, particularly if they’re a mule style.
What is the difference between open-toe and peep-toe shoes?
There is a subtle difference between open-toe and peep-toe shoes. Open-toe shoes take their inspiration from beach sandals, with a wide opening that shows all the toes.
Open-toe shoes show all the toes, while peep-toe shoes show only a few toes
Peep-toe shoes have a smaller opening, allowing the first and second toe to ‘peep’ out from the shoe. The peep-toe variant is mostly popular for stiletto shoes and less for flat shoes.
Peep-toe shoes offer a practical and versatile option that balances style and formality. They are known for their slightly more refined aesthetic compared to fully open-toe shoes. Their partial exposure of the toes adds a subtle hint of femininity while maintaining a polished look.
Finished with a sensual peep toe, Christian Louboutin’s New Very Privé pump embodies the glamour of 1950s pin-ups and the daring of burlesque.
Lustrous patent leather defines this peep-toe design from Christian Louboutin, subtly lifted by a hidden platform and stiletto heel
Peep-toe shoes began as an evening shoe for society ladies, with the name ‘peep-toe’ having a sexual overtone as the shoes showed off the lady’s toes.
You can think of them as being like a plunging v-neck for your feet. Peep-toe shoes quickly became a style for bridal wear and semi-formal evening wear.
Considered more formal than open-toe shoes, Peep-toe wedding heels are a bridal favorite (Credit: Natalia Kirsanova / Shutterstock)
Most open-toe shoes are strappy sandal style, showing off as much of the foot as possible. Styles that remain true to the peep-toe heritage cover up the rest of the foot, allowing the toes to peek out.
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