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Nail Tip Of The Week – Toes & Hose

By on November 5, 2007
in Tips and Tricks

I mentioned a few weeks back that I saw horrible nail faux pas at a friend’s wedding. Well, here it is folks. I took pictures of some other crimes of pedicure but a drunk Michelle should not be left alone with a digicam. Talk about blur city. This one is bad enough, I really don’t need to inundate you with multiple foot pics.Shall we count the issues here? 1. Toes and Hose. 2. Runner in said hose. 3. Unkempt scraggly nails that can be seen through the hose.

Not long after meeting one of my bestest buds, Jewels, she gave me a one of my favorite fashion mantras, “Toes… no hose, Hose… no toes.” Seems simple, right? Then why oh why do I still see women wearing pantyhose with open toed shoes?

I know it’s colder and you still want to wear those fab peep toes or strappy sandals to weddings, formal events, work, etc. and in the past that left you with two options:
1. Paint your toes, smooth your soles and freeze with bare (well moisturized) legs.
2. Wear closed-toed shoes and be warm in your hose/tights.

I’m here to bring you an option that combines the best of both worlds – Open Toe Pantyhose. That’s right, the manufacturers have listened. You can now hide your pale winter legs behind pantyhose and still wear your fun flirty shoes. I’ve found them online at and Nordstrom.
Ladies, ladies (this includes you my drag queen/transgender friends) why haven’t you learned? Please for the love of all that is polish, pull your friends, neighbors, strangers on the street aside and tell them what they’re doing. Let’s stop this madness now.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I went to a black tie optional fundraiser this weekend and saw the same thing. Insanity. I think those shoes are Mossimo slides from Target (and 3 summers ago). I just got rid of mine. Of course, I would never have worn them with hose or to a wedding for that matter. I wore mine to run around with capris and t-shirts.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Hanes also makes toeless hose, you can get them year round on their website store, or in regular stores usually just in the summer months. They even make them as knee highs.

  3. Liz says:

    I’ve tried the toeless things, and they look really weird on me; I’m very aware that they mean that my toes are a very slightly different colour from my shins in them. Peep-toe shoes for me are for summer, or for warm rooms when I have had plenty of time to apply stocking cream or a good fake tan.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My favorite – at a fancy law firm party last year I saw a very successful, high earning woman wearing open toed shoes with black pantyhose – the ones with reinforced toes. No, no, no. How can someone be so smart in one way and at the very least not see the error in reinforced toe pantyhose on display? Damn.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the lawyers are smart enough to realise that in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter ;).

    If I’m free to run around with five colours on my toes, or lurid green, or whatever mad colours someone, somewhere probably decided is a tragic faux pas, then these people are free to wear open toes with closed hose.

    …I’ve been known to wear socks with mine ;) *flees fashion police*

  6. Julia says:

    American Apparel sells ‘stirrup tights’–there are holes in the tights for the toes and the heels. It’s a funky look that I actually quite like.

  7. yummy411 says:

    wow! what a find!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ladies, what is wrong with you all? Haven’t you have better things to do other than complain about something so irrelevant such as this hose with open toed shoe thing? These so-called fashion experts have apparently brainwashed each and every one of you. In fact, most of we men find absolutely nothing wrong with women who wear hose with open toed shoes. We think it’s a rather sexy sight and not an eye sore. If you ask me, it’s a major turn on for me. To me, the real eye sore is bare legs and feet with open toed shoes in the cold weather. That does not turn me on one bit. If you wanna do that then save it for summer. If you ask most guys, they’ll say that women wearing hose with open toed shoes is definitely not a crime. I’m sure most of your husbands or significant others would agree. Don’t listen to the fashion police. It’s a free country, so live free.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s little wonder that so many woman fail to either get or keep a man with the kind of clueless pontificating by women that is on display here.

    Women look 100% more feminine, 100% classier and 100% sexier when wearing hose – period. Fine, avoid the reinforced toes with sandals but don’t ever, ever think that your, typically, appalling skin and toes in sandals looks better than a *lady* wearing the same with sheer sandal toe hosiery – you are just dreaming if you think otherwise and trust me, typically, men *LOVE* seeing a ladies feet and toes in hose …

    Hose manufacturers could and should do more here I think – most reinforced toe hose has a reinforcement that is both too thick and too small, yes too *small* … A larger but thin and still see-through reinforced toe area that FULLY covers the toes is way nicer to see. Most hose now have a reinforcement area that is like 5 times thicker than the rest of the hose and that stands out too much, it’s also way too small an area that hardly covers the toes and ends up getting twisted etc which can look awful …

  10. Anonymous says:

    Women really are clueless.Most men really love the look of reinforced toe pantyhose with sandals or any open toed shoe.I can't understand how women worry over this when I see women wearing tight tops while they muffin top over their jeans.A spare tire is so much uglier than a woman wearing any kind of pantyhose with any shoe.

  11. Kalee says:

    see….. i have to do that. at the salon i work at if we wear any type of shoes that expose our feet/toes (strappy heels/wedges, peep-toes) we have to wear nylons to cover our feet. nobody likes the rule but you gotta do what you gotta do.
    anywhere else i wont, but i still dont think its too bad when others do. its better than the socks with heels…AHHH!!!

  12. Eve says:

    Ladies, there is a fundamental misunderstanding here. Most do NOT have toes and legs pretty enough to go bare, sorry the truth must come out. Hose help cover the problem. So your mantra is wrong, toes and hose? Absolutly!