Summer is in full swing which means most of us are busting out our flip-flops, wedges, mandals and other open-toe shoe varietals. Therefore, it is time for a quick reminder of general open-toe shoe etiquette. These promises are not required by law, they are merely considered common courtesy to those around you.
1. Get a pedicure once every few weeks. Don’t be afraid or paranoid like Elaine on Seinfeld–they’re not talking about you and there’s only a very small chance you’ll get a fungal disease.
If you’re not keen on public pedis, vow to do your own toes every 3 weeks and invest in a home pedi kit.
NOTE: Touching up a chipped toe 3 times in a row does NOT constitute a pedicure.
2. File, loofah, and lube those heels. Often.
TIP: If you have problem heels like I do, lube those suckers up with Aquaphor or Vaseline at night and sleep with socks.
3. Know and embrace your shoe size. Nothing is worse than a heel hanging over the back or toes popping out the side of a tight sandal like pigs in a blanket.
4. Birkenstocks. Just Say No.
5. Shave. If you’re of the dark-hair persuasion, consider, strongly, shaving those big toes.
Years ago, when I worked at an event planning company where we had a lax dress code during the summer months, my bosses busted out an “Open-Toed Shoe Pledge” that all the ladies signed (sort of as a joke, but also sorta serious). I don’t know who originally wrote that pledge, but big thanks to them and to my former bosses, Teri, Tina & Tracy, for keeping me mindful of my toe situation all these years.