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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The pressing questions of our age, 2

What is the purpose of peep-toe heels? I don't mean sandals that are generally open and also have open toes, but shoes that are all but ankle boots, but then have this random toe cut-out? Which season are they for? Can they be worn with tights, despite the hideous way they will show off the toe-seams of said tights?

8 comments:

arethusa said...

Isn't it to display one's pedicure? That means they are all season (seasons being defined as Pedicured or Not Pedicured), and if tights must be involved, you should only wear them with nude stockings. (Pretty sure that you can get stockings with invisible toe seams these days.)

I'm pretty sure this page, and its associated links, will answer all your questions.

Miss Self-Important said...

Internet has all the answers. These peeps say I should wear them with opaque tights though not nude ones. I've seen that around and thought it was kind of gauche, but I also thought that about wedges until I finally accepted that they have a certain appeal, just not to any man I've ever met.

Phoebe said...

Ugh, peep-toed boots, I have no idea. And there are so often these otherwise lovely ankle boots, and then this little design quirk making it so that they'd be completely unwearable on any day that calls for boots.

(Even worse, I will note for continuity's sake, than clutches or kitten heels.)

Miss Self-Important said...

I agree entirely. The only reason I'm even willing to inquire is b/c my search for heeled oxfords that are a) not a man's shoe propped up on a wood block and b) under 3 inches keeps leading to peep-toe heeled oxfords. Why?! Is that somehow more intuitive than covering the toes?

You forgot blazers in the continuity, although if I recall correctly, your ire against those was not their lack of functionality.

Phoebe said...

I like blazers! At least I wear them, and have for some time. I don't remember what my objection would have been.

But for the shoes you're describing, try Camper.

Miss Self-Important said...

Hm, I recall having a dispute over the wearability of blazers at some point, maybe at your blog. I think I was pro and you were anti.

The Campers are good, but $125. Yeesh! I was considering these, but they need to go on sale. Ebay offers all of Anthropologie's peep-toe variants on normal shoes, possibly as evidence of the fact that other women found them as dissatisfying as I assume they must be.

Sigivald said...

I can offer a (not universal, I suppose) male perspective and say we have no idea what the point is either.

Miss Self-Important said...

Well, that's good, but men are unreliable barometers of female fashion. See: wedges. True, they often make women look like Clydesdale horses and regular heels almost always look better in action, but how many men have felt the difference b/w walking half a mile in a 4-in wedge vs. a 4-in heel? So, if peep toes served some kind of secret bearability-enhancing function that men failed to perceive, I could still get behind them. But in this case, I'm not seeing that.