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10th Commandment: August 1

A reader e-mailed in asking if open-toe shoes are appropriate for work.  My reasoning has always been that you need to look at two issues: 1) your own office culture (of course), do you see other women who are senior or equal to you wearing them?; 2) how much toe is showing?.

In my view, a peep-toe is fine, but showing all of your toes is not fine.  Again, this depends on your office, but I like to be better safe than sorry.

Another thing she asked was if there is an alternative to a peep-toe for someone looking for a lighter warm-weather option.  The answer is slingbacks.  They give you a bit of a lighter look than a full pump.  You could also wear d’Orsay heels, if you don’t want to expose any heel at all.

One last tip: If you’re wearing slingbacks, for goodness sake, keep your heels callous free.  Best way to do this without a pedicure is to buy a PedEgg.

Now, for some slingback recommendations…

Elected Official


Paul Andrew Rhea Pumps ($615)

Hill Staffer


Kate Spade Saia Slingback ($149)

Paid Intern


Sole Society Denver Slingback ($65)



  1. Meg says:

    Gorgeous choices. Unfortunately, I can never seem to get the straps of slingbacks to stay on my heels, no matter how much I tighten them, so I’ll have to admire from afar.

    August 1, 2014/Reply
  2. Lindsey says:

    Anyone else get that flip flop smacking sound when they wear slingbacks, or am I just doing it wrong?

    August 1, 2014/Reply
    • Anna says:

      It doesn’t happen on every shoe, but I HATE when it does.

      August 1, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Some moleskin on the inside of the strap will prevent that and prevent blisters.

      August 1, 2014/Reply
  3. Kelly Andthenblog says:

    Belle, Talbots has had this style for a long time and I swear by them. I have a very narrow heel, so I walk out of most pumps, whereas I can stay put in a slingback d’orsay.

    I also have a great pair of nude-for-me slingbacks like this from sam Edelman. Great rec!

    August 1, 2014/Reply
  4. rh says:

    rh – I too hate that “they can hear you coming from a mile away” sound that sling backs can produce. But, I do like these offerings and would like to try again to find a pair that “stay put” or the back strap stays in place with a narrow heel. Going to Order the Kate Spade because of the heel height.

    August 1, 2014/Reply
  5. Brit says:

    Nine West has called Sharina that I absolutely love that’s also fairly reasonable price wise.

    August 2, 2014/Reply
  6. kat says:

    Bligh slingbacks kill me, and sound no better than flip flops. I love d’orsay shoes as an alternative to traditional pumps, and Nine West has some super cute versions on sale now for less than $75!

    August 3, 2014/Reply