The topic du jour? The open-toe shoe and whether women professionals should be wearing them.
There are many perspecitves on the issue, but first things first, consult your employee handbook. If there is a dress code, chances are that it addresses acceptable footwear. If it does- follow it to a T. If it does not- use discretion.
In an interview or strictly formal business meeting/setting only covered toe shoes are considered proper. If you work in a conservative environment, for example a law office or bank, best keep those toes covered. In some workplaces, closed toe shoes might just be a a safety measure. In others, a sanitation regulation. Again, use discretion.
Some years ago any shoe with an open toe would be considered unacceptable in the office. But times are changing, business etiquette workshops are now teaching that some open-toe shoes are alright for everyday business wear.
But let’s distinguish between open-toe shoes that are appropriate and those that are not.
Avoid wearing any thong, flip flop, or slip on styled shoes. They are just too casual for a work environment. They clearly communicate leisure time. Ultra strappy, spike-heel evening styles are not appropriate for the workplace either.
The most professional open-toe shoe has a closed heel and does not reveal much of the toes. Basically, it is a classic pump with an open toe. Clearly, this style comes closer to embodying professionalism than sandals do.
Final note, if you do chose to wear open toe shoes at work, be sure to keep your toes well manicured.