A key feature to this kind of footwear is the exposure of the toes, and it is also what makes it so cheeky and flirty. The important thing is that the “right amount” of toes are covered, and the rest of the foot may be covered or not. A boot that has the correct kind of opening at the toe is considered a peep toe shoe, just like a sandal that covers the required part but leaves the rest of the foot uncovered. This style of shoe is mostly worn in warm weather because it’s an open shoe, but since it’s not so open, it is a favourite for both the spring and the fall. Mild weather is the perfect weather to wear peep toe shoes: it’s not too cold and your feet are not going to swell and sweat because it’s too hot (yay, you can wear your high heeled peep toes)!
You can still wear your peep toe shoes when it’s slightly colder though, because they can be worn with or without tights, but not with socks. The seams of the sock would show and that would not be a good look.
When Were Peep Toe Shoes Invented?It is known that peep toe shoes were used back in Ancient Greece and Rome. They used to wear platform peep toes and platform sandals, and they were revived in the Renaissance era too. Peep toe shoes really became popular around the end of the 1940s, when the restrictions and rules imposed by the Second World War had gone. This was the end of austerity, and extreme conservatism. Peep toes flourished and they were always accompanied by high heels. This is also when the term “pump” was coined to describe a shoe with high heels and no strap. The peep toe shoes trend continued through the 1950s and they were in fact considered THE pinup shoe. Marilyn Monroe loved them, Bettie Page made them her trademark shoe and pretty much every pinup wore those flirty shoes. They disappeared in the 1960s to have a brief resurgence in the 70s and 80s, but they went out of fashion soon afterwards. They recently have seen some popularity again thanks to the vintage and retro revival, and variations such as the peep toe boot have appeared. Today, no foot designer brings out a collection without a couple of peep toe shoes in it.
How to Wear Peep Toe Shoes
Peep toe shoes come in all shapes and sizes, high heels, kitten heels, flats. Some are intended for casual clothing, some for formal wear. For sure, peep toe shoes are designed to look sophisticated and flirty, so that’s the best way to wear them and that’s why the most common kind of peep toe shoe is a high heel. Please don’t wear stockings or tights with peep toe shoes, unless it’s really chilly. If you do, make sure it’s a cool pair of stockings and that it looks like you’re wearing them on purpose. Don’t wear flesh-toned tights, wear opaque instead.
Peep toe heels look amazing with capri pants, skinny jeans, pencil skirts and swing dresses. They are a versatile style of shoe so it’s suitable for many different fashions (even if the best match is a 40s or 50s style of course). Make sure your feet are in good condition and that you’re wearing a nice matching nail lacquer. Black Slingbacks – Plaid Sandal Peep Toes – Black and White Flats – Studded Peep Toe Boots
- Wear peep toe shoe with a flirty dress. Peep toes look best with dresses that fall just above or below the knee, whether they are pencil dresses or circle skirts. If you want to go for shorter dresses, try with lower heels.
- Dress up your office wear. Black peep toe shoes can add a sexy and fun accent to a black pencil skirt or business suit. Don’t go too far though!
Pair them with jeans. Peep toe shoes look cool and modern with fitted jeans: roll them up a bit to get the most out of this look.
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