Is Toe Cleavage Acceptable? Where to Buy Toe Cleavage Shoes

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Do you know what toe cleavage is?

If not, you’re probably wondering why it’s such a hot topic for discussion – and why there are so many arguments over whether it’s in or out. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether toe cleavage is tacky or chic, or whether there are times when it is – or isn’t – appropriate.

Read on to discover whether or not it’s worth adding into your shoe rotation and, if so, where to buy flats or pumps featuring toe cleavage to round out your collection.

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What is Toe Cleavage?

Toe cleavage occurs when your shoe has a low vamp that exposes part of your toes. It can happen with heels or flats, but not sandals or boots – think: any shoe that partially covers your toes.

While some disapprove of toe cleavage altogether, many legendary shoe designers are huge advocates for the look. Manolo Blahnik once claimed to have invented the look, although later, he appeared to grow sick of the trend, arguing that toe cleavage has become overexposed. Christian Louboutin has cheekily referred to toe cleavage as a woman’s second neckline and third cleavage, suggesting that toe cleavage isn’t just desirable but downright risque.

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When is Toe Cleavage Acceptable? 

Perhaps simply because the word cleavage is involved, part of the debate around toe cleavage is whether – or where – it’s appropriate, particularly in an office setting. While some say there’s nothing inappropriate about showing part of your toes – remember, toe cleavage just means you’re showing part of your toes, not that you’re walking into work in a pair of flip flops – other think there’s something suggestive about exposing part of your toes, making it inappropriate for the office.

Chances are, it’s not part of your office dress code, so you can make the decision yourself based on what you’re comfortable with. While the debate rages on over whether or not toe cleavage is appropriate work wear, it’s generally agreed that toe cleavage is appropriate outside the office, especially for a night out.

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Where to Buy Toe Cleavage Shoes

Thinking of giving toe cleavage a try? Check out these retailers to check out the look on your own two feet.


More than a century old, Nordstrom began as a shoe retailer before expanding into a department store. You can still find a wide variety of shoes for sale here both online and in-store, including plenty of options that contain toe cleavage.


British online fashion retailer Asos has more than 850 brands for sale. To tell whether or not a pair of shoes has toe cleavage, look at the pictures, zooming in if need be to judge if a pair has the right amount of toe cleavage for your taste.


Not only does Zappos sell thousands of styles of shoes, but it also has an incredible 365-day return policy. If you’re not sure whether or not a pair of shoes has toe cleavage, you can always place your order, try them on, and then decide if they’re right for you.

JustFab Shoes

JustFab Shoes has a variety of shoes for sale, from heels to flats, for all seasons. The online retailer sells items at discounted rates with their VIP offers, so be sure to keep an eye out for bargains.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden sells all kinds of women’s shoes, and can always be depended on as having an affordable version of the season’s latest trends. You can head to one of Steve Madden’s brick-and-mortar locations to try on various pumps or flats and see whether or not you like the look. 

Neiman Marcus

Department store Neiman Marcus is a great option if you’re looking for quality footwear that will last. If you’ve decided you’re all-in on toe cleavage, you can invest in a great pair of shoes that show off some – but not all – of your toes at the retailer.

2 thoughts on “Is Toe Cleavage Acceptable? Where to Buy Toe Cleavage Shoes”

  1. Although they say Christian Louboutin on the sole, they look like fakes. I’m not sure if it’s the angle of the photo, but the sole underneath isn’t even the signature red – so my guess the reason you can’t find them anywhere is because they’re fake.

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