Stylish Open-Toe Shoe and Peep-Toe Heel Ideas for Every Event

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Open-toe shoes are a versatile and stylish choice for many occasions, but they require a bit of extra thought when coordinating your look.

From the state of your pedicure to the choice of accompanying accessories, this guide will help you master the art of wearing open-toe shoes with confidence and flair, regardless of the season or setting.

The Importance of a Fresh Pedicure

When wearing open-toe shoes, you want to make sure your toenails are freshly painted. Having chipped nails while wearing a pair of one-toe shoes is an absolute no-go. If you plan to wear a pair of open-toe shoes, ensure you have a fresh pedicure to match.

For special occasions, add a coat of red nail polish for a sexy look. It’s also worth giving your feet a little TLC with an exfoliator to remove dead skin.

Natalie Portman wears open-toe sandals with red toenailsNatalie Portman wears open-toe sandals with red toenails at a Planetarium photocall on September 8, 2016 (Credit: WENN)

Seasonal Choices for Open-Toe Shoes

If you’re a fan of wearing open-toe shoes all summer, it’s worth investing in a pedicure and choosing a bold pop of pink to see you through the season.

Sofia Vergara's hot pink toenails in peep-toe platform pumpsSofia Vergara’s hot pink toenails in peep-toe platform pumps at the Magic Mike XXL premiere on June 25, 2015 (Credit: WENN)

Styling With Tights

If you still want to wear your peep-toe shoes when the weather drops, add a pair of tights for an extra layer. This trend is a simple way to make open-toe shoes more wearable and comfortable.

Kylie Jenner wears sheer tights with mesh peep toe booties at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on March 23, 2013Kylie Jenner wears sheer tights with mesh peep-toe booties at Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 23, 2013 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

Choosing the Right Tights Color

While black tights are the most common style, you can wear a pair in any color of the rainbow. Sheer black tights can help make the shoes more comfortable, while thicker tights are perfect for a little extra warmth.

Whitney Port slips into a pair of blue tights and gray lace-up peep-toe bootiesWhitney Port slips into a pair of blue tights and gray lace-up peep-toe booties at her book signing in Canada on January 31, 2011 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

You want to avoid wearing any shade that matches your skin tone. Instead, focus on darker colors. The more contrast you can create between your tights and peep-toes, the better.

Fashion No-Go: Pantyhose with Open-Toe Shoes

While tights are a fashion statement, you want to avoid wearing a pair of pantyhose with your open-toe shoes.

Paris Hilton strolls around Beverly Hills in black tights and peep-toe pumpsParis Hilton strolled around Beverly Hills in black tights and peep-toe pumps on January 14, 2010 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

Getting Creative With Socks

You can also try wearing open-toe shoes with socks to make the shoes appropriate for any season. Open-toe shoes allow you to wear any socks, so it’s worth getting creative with them.

Like Kendall Jenner, you can experiment with a pair of lace socks for a casual, chic look:

Kendall Jenner adds a pair of ankle-length sheer socks to her open-toe heelsKendall Jenner adds a pair of ankle-length sheer socks to her open-toe heels at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2017 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

Color-Blocking With Socks and Sandals

You can use your socks as a way of color-blocking, especially if your open-toe shoes are sandals. You can style tall socks with open-toe heels and a skirt for a preppy look.

Fearne Cotton opts for red peep-toe pumps with knee-high socks on July 16, 2009Fearne Cotton opts for red peep-toe pumps with knee-high socks on July 16, 2009 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

The Ideal Sock Choice

If you’re not sure what kind of socks to wear with your open-toe shoes, you can never go wrong with black. Adding a pair of tights means you can still wear your favorite ‘dad’ sandals all year round.

Willow Smith wears dad sandals with printed white socks at LAX on July 28, 2017Willow Smith wears dad sandals with printed white socks at LAX on July 28, 2017 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

Complementing Open-Toe Shoes With Outfits

The feminine silhouette of open-toe shoes goes best with skirts and dresses as they help naturally elongate your legs. If you want to cover up your legs, avoid wide-leg trousers.

Alexa Chung parades her long legs in a mini skirt and peep-toe shoesAlexa Chung paraded her long legs in a mini skirt and peep-toe shoes on September 2, 2010 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

Open-Toe Shoes With Skinny Jeans

Peep-toe and open-toe shoes work best with a pair of skinny jeans. You want to choose a pair of form-fitting trousers to keep a seamless line down your leg.

Blanca Blanco flaunts her legs in Beverly Hills in skinny jeans and peep-toe bootiesBlanca Blanco flaunts her legs in Beverly Hills in skinny jeans and peep-toe booties on May 26, 2016 (Credit: Radoslaw Nawrocki / STS / Adriana M. Barraza / Apega / Marco Piovanotto / Brian To / WENN)

In summary, choosing the right foot care and accessories is the key to rocking open-toe shoes. A fresh pedicure, the strategic use of tights or socks, and the right choice of outfit can elevate your open-toe shoe game.

Whether it’s a casual day out or a special occasion, these tips ensure your open-toe shoes always complement your style with elegance and comfort.

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