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Old 06-17-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Just wondering... are open toe shoes innapropriate in a business/formal setting because women's feet are just too darn sexy to show or because they are too ugly to show? Or some other reason?
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Pleasant Shade Tn
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I think they are very appropriate always. Just make sure your tonails are nicely trimmed.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Many business settings call for more traditional, simple styles with a tendency towards functionality. Now, how is a closed-toe heel more functional than an open-toed heel? How is any heel functional? Beats the hell out of me, but that's what I was told. Also, the heels aren't supposed to be too high, either. A lower heel is more conservative and comes across as more professional than what my mom loves to call "hooker heels."

Basically, if I had to choose between "too sexy" and "ugly," I would choose "sexy." It falls in line with the rule of not wearing plunging necklines or miniskirts, etc. The less exposed, the more conservative. I also think "too sexy" as strappy sandals are supposed to be super sexy ... unless you have really ugly feet.

Anyway, a lot of this is changing. Probably not on Wall Street or in court houses, but certainly in the tech world where I used to work. Shoot, I had one coworker who would wear his ratty slippers - the ones his wife wouldn't let him wear at home.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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This reminds me of something - I used to work in a research facility and one of the scientists dressed like a hooker - I am not kidding - 3 inch heels, see-through tops, leather mini skirts which showed her you-know-what when she bent over and she was required to wear a lab coat but refused to button it - she got talked to many times - she was also supposed to wear closed toe shoes for safey reasons but she never did - they eventually fired her over another issue - but boy did she heat things up in that lab!
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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This reminds me of something - I used to work in a research facility and one of the scientists dressed like a hooker - I am not kidding - 3 inch heels, see-through tops, leather mini skirts which showed her you-know-what when she bent over and she was required to wear a lab coat but refused to button it - she got talked to many times - she was also supposed to wear closed toe shoes for safey reasons but she never did - they eventually fired her over another issue - but boy did she heat things up in that lab!
I think a "peep toe" shoe would be ok in a business setting, but open-toed or strappy heels are not. Just too casual or too formal for an office. I'm talking about, say, a law office or insurance or something "business-y" like that. Not talking about working in an office of a pet store or that sort of thing!
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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In Human Resources studies, open-toed shoes are considered to send a message of frivolity and lack of seriousness. Also, they can be a distraction because some people find exposed feet sexy. Therefore, they certainly not be worn by job seekers or women trying to move up the corporate ladder in conservative settings.
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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open toe shoes definitely seem to be taken 'less seriously' in the business world.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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People wear them at my office, thank goodness!

I live in open-toed shoes 3/4 of the year.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Chi-Town soon to be NYC and eventually Ireland
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I think they are very appropriate always. Just make sure your tonails are nicely trimmed.
I hate to say it, but you really should stop giving advice on what to wear in a professional environment. I'm sure you have great style that is entirely appropriate for whatever it is that you do, but you are clearly not working in the kind of uber-conservative professional environment that many of us are working in.

To the OP: open-toed and even sling-back heels are typically not regarded as the safest choice. Sling backs are likely fine in most office environments, but I would steer way clear of open-toed shoes and sandals. Save them for after hours. Remember this: No woman ever lost a promotion or job offer (except maybe at the Playboy mansion) for being dressed too conservatively, but many *many* women have lost them for being clueless about what is and what is not appropriate. Rule of thumb is that if you even have to ask yourself the question, "Is this appropriate" means that it probably is not. Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I hate to say it, but you really should stop giving advice on what to wear in a professional environment. I'm sure you have great style that is entirely appropriate for whatever it is that you do, but you are clearly not working in the kind of uber-conservative professional environment that many of us are working in.

To the OP: open-toed and even sling-back heels are typically not regarded as the safest choice. Sling backs are likely fine in most office environments, but I would steer way clear of open-toed shoes and sandals. Save them for after hours. Remember this: No woman ever lost a promotion or job offer (except maybe at the Playboy mansion) for being dressed too conservatively, but many *many* women have lost them for being clueless about what is and what is not appropriate. Rule of thumb is that if you even have to ask yourself the question, "Is this appropriate" means that it probably is not. Good luck!

Touche!

I cannot get away with open toe/peep toe shoes.

I work in medical sales and although I have been temped (especially during nordstroms shoe sale event!!), it's a big no-no in my neck of the woods.

I'd need my doctors attention and focus to be on my product and engaged in the conversation, not my feet!!!

Save them for happy hour!
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