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Fanatic Feedback – Toenail Art?

By on May 7, 2008
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So I was out shopping for shoes yesterday since the nice weather seems to be here to stay. And being the nosey person I am, I can’t help but notice other people’s manicures and pedicures, even the fugly ones. Seriously, who goes shoe shopping with broke down feet? Clip your nails or stay home!

But I digress. The whole reason for this post was inspired by one woman’s pedicure. OMG I had to stop in my tracks and ask her about it. So so cute. I’m just glad she didn’t think I was crazy and run away. Turns out she had found a picture in a magazine and took it to a local nail shop that day. Her big toes were a bright bold green, which is what first caught my eye, while the rest were painted a soft pink. And they were all adorned with tiny white polka dots. Adorable! I wish I had brought my camera because I totally would have snapped a shot to share. Instead, I found this adorable ladybug design.

Image: echo9er

So my question to all of you is… Toenail art – Yay or Nay? And I’m not talking french pedis, actual nail art. When do you think it’s appropriate? Or is it never a good thing? Sound off!

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  1. Taffy says:

    Yay if you are going to have a fun design like those ladybugs but Nay if you’re just going to have a daisy or a heart, it’s a tad dull.

  2. Allie says:

    I always like the little flowers that some nail places do, those are always cute. Ladybugs are cute, but I think kind of tacky. Less is more when it comes to “cutesy” designs. Polka dots and designs like that I think are cute all the time.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I love ladybugs, so I am automatically biased and in favor. But yes, I think fun toenail art is okay for laidback summer days. (If it’s a formal event, a “normal” pedicure’s probably a better bet.)

  4. Milan says:

    I love toe nail art. Especially in the summer. I like a bold color with a pretty colorful floral design. I’ve had my toes painted white with yellow/black sunflowers on them. I loved it. I might try the ladybug design. I wonder if my nail tech can pull that off.

  5. m says:

    why not, if you have nice feet/toes.

  6. silverin says:

    I like that the pictured manicure kind of looks like ladybugs without having drawings of actual ladybugs.

  7. Dani says:

    Yes, why not, but, for God sakes, on short toenails! Long toenails, painted or not, are simply not pretty. Personally, I really don’t understand that trend.
    The Ladybug picture really is cute!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s cute for summer. Probably not something I’d try myself, but I like it on others.

  9. amanda says:

    Toenail art is all the rage here in Hawaii, probably because your feet are exposed all the time! I’ve seen really, really intricate flower designs with little rhinestones that were super-cute, but pedicures here cost about $30 WITHOUT art, so I don’t think I’ll be trying it any time soon!

  10. *jen says:

    Squee! I think this is adorable, and I’m totally going to make them do this at my next pedicure.

    I think nail art is better on the toes than the fingers, where it just feels a bit tired and dated.

    And I agree with those posters who think this is better on shorter toenails. (long toenails give me the heebies, anyway)

    Feet are tucked away most of the year, and aren’t generally considered the most adorable part of the body – I say cute ‘em up whenever possible!

  11. saysitopipi says:

    I love the trend, although it would seem like it would be best for summer (since people see your toes more often) I think these are great for anytime! Its like wearing sexy panties that only you know about, painting your toes with cute little ladybugs or poka-dots keeps you smiling all day. My little cousin just had her nails painted a birght blue with white poka-dots and I was pretty jealous lol.

  12. Stephanie says:

    When it comes to anything nail polish I say, anything goes. If you like it do it, who cares what anyone else thinks.

  13. Amy says:

    I think it’s cute, but definitely not for me. I like when there’s one little flower on the big toe, but that’s about it when it comes to nail art.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sure, if your twelve!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love those little buggers! With a sundress – for a casual picnic – I would so do it!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Nay, nay, nay! I hate nail art. I seem to be the only person who does, though.

  17. Pinkerbelle says:

    I say yay! I think designs are super cute, esp the creative ones ;0) I tried to do whales a little while ago, but ended up having to morph it into polka dots ;0) As long as you dont grow them out like claws to fit a design on them, they get a helz yeah from me ;0)

  18. violetnoir says:


    I like toenail art better than fingernail art. You can always cover your toes in a professional situation if such fun splashes of color are not appropriate for the situation.

    You can’t do that with your fingers…


  19. Laura says:

    Although nail art is pretty in pictures I personally think it looks slightly tacky and reminds me of sleepovers back in middle school.

    The only time I would consider this appropriate is if… actually no, I can’t think of anywhere I would wear it to…

  20. BeautyChick101 says:

    I think it’s a YAY! How fun would it be to have a leopard print or other cute print on at least one or two toes?

  21. Fabulista says:

    I say nay. I just can’t cosign toe nail art.

  22. Sara says:

    A big YAY for me! On toes, everything goes. Except french pedi of course… ;)

  23. Lina-Elvira says:

    YAY I am soooo going home tonight to paint ladybugs on my toes!! But Nay if you’re over 25 or work in an office.. :)

  24. Anonymous says:

    That is the cutest! I love nail art on toes – it’s so much fun and more wearable (to me) than on fingers, since you can show it or not. The polka dots are classic – and they can stand out at little or as much as you want – white w/black, or a subtle tone on tone. Can’t wait for my next pedi now!

  25. cewek says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m a 30yr old accountant and therefore work in an office, but nay for me. But if you’re younger than 25 and have short toe nails, then why not?? :)

    Btw, I’ve just came from Japan where 3D nail art is all the rage there! Girls over there have all sorts of beads stuck on their (hand)nails! It looks fab but of course again it depends on your age and your occupation. I asked a Superlover sales assistant how much it costs to get her nails done and she said it cost her JPY10,000 and it took the nail techs 6 hours to do it! I don’t think I’d have the patience…

  26. Tea says:

    I think if it is just the big toe it can be cute. It is a little over the top for all toes to be decorated.

  27. Rose Growing Gal says:

    NO WAY! Looks awful.

  28. Bohemian Girl Collection says:

    Lovely Lady Bug nail art. Pretty and very unique.

  29. Dominican Enigma says:

    I say nayyy, not into toe art at all.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s cuter on toes than fingers. Love the ladybugs! ~Diana

  31. Anonymous says:

    Toenail art can be supercute, like that ladybug design. Most however, fall flat. But I love cutsie designs more than those repulsive “French pedicures”. I mean, who ever thought of those!?! Retch!

  32. Charponnaise says:

    Amazing, I love it. But could never wear it. Most of my toenails are at the short end of ‘normal sized’, but my little toenails are so teeny I can barely get plain nail polish onto them without making a mess. I wouldn’t even fit one polka dot on there… I guess one could always just decorate the big toenails…

    Also, I’d just like to add that I really hate the word ‘toenail’ and wish there was an alternative. It makes me think of horrible claw-like feet, which I’m sure none of us have.

  33. Anonymous says:

    It’s adorable! I’m definitely going to try polka dots, maybe the ladybugs (a google search turned up a strawberry pedi that was pretty cute too). I agree with a comment above, nail art is best left for toes…you can’t hide fingers if the need arises. I’m well over 25 and work at a law office, and I still think it’s a big “yay”–that’s what closed toe shoes are for!

  34. "Tink" says:

    YAY well at least the lady bug one is cute. I think for me it has to be really cute and not too eye catching but just enough.

  35. Cat says:

    I think it’s a great idea, a way to express a fun personality. It’s probably not for everyone – A nice french look on people who are less ostentatious would probably be fine for them. But little designs on toes I think are so cute, especially with a toe ring and sandals.

  36. bella says:

    I’m just over 50 and work at a University. I tried art on my toenails this summer and have had so much fun. I wear sandles a lot and have had great comments on my choices. I did the polka dots, white on bright red, they were a kick.

    I emcourage women to stop judging themselves or each other about something as innocuous as toe nail art and whether it is ok for a woman over 25. Life is hard enough so if we want to spice up ours with some playful nail art on out toes, why do we suppport each other in having a bit of fun!

  37. Sharon says:

    I live in Thailand so a pedicure with nail art costs around $10 US, that’s affordable…

    I’ve had bright green with flowers, bright blue with hearts, dark purple with silver stars… I’m just off to New Zealand for a month to visit my Mum so I’m thinking about black with silver ferns or black with glitter and flowers – I’m nearly 50 and having my nails painted gives me so many smiles and I don’t care what anyone thinks.. I love it… :)

  38. Raye says:

    I read this blog but not every day. I must have missed this. Who on earth cares how old you are? It never occured to me that I was too old (50) for toe nail art. Who would be in charge of deciding…a 20 year old??? (they soon change their minds as they age :)
    I know an 80 year old who does her own pedis and uses bold bright polish.
    Do want you want. It’s not like you are committing a crime!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Who doesnt like toe nal art? Im looking for a cute design that has red white and blue.

  40. Dave says:

    I think they look absolutely awesome and secretly would love having my own done like that, but I can’t. :(

  41. VanillaLatte11 says:

    I love having art on my toes! I don’t like the maintanence of acrylics, and without them regular nail polish tends to chip very quickly, so I usually just buff my real finger nails. My toes are my area to express myself! At work, I have to wear closed toe shoes, so when I take them off, I want to see some color. I’m 36 years old and would still rock the ladybugs or watermelons! If you don’t like it, just don’t look down.

  42. Shellair says:

    I love having Lady Bugs on my toes during the summer although instead of black dots for the spots and eyes I use black gems for spots and diamond rhinestones for the eyes.