Style on Trial: Toe cleavage

Shoe showing toe cleavage

Last week we asked you about cleavage, and how much is too much. Today, we want to ask you about a different kind of cleavage: TOE CLEAVAGE. (Which, just in case any of you are unfamiliar with the term, is the kind of look shown above, where the vamp of the shoe is cut very low, exposing most of the toes.)

Like boob cleavage, toe cleavage tends to be rather controversial, although in a purely stylistic sense. It’s one of those things people seem to either love or hate, with very little middle ground. Where do you stand on this one? In low-cut shoes, or with your tootsies all covered up?

(The foot in the image, by the way, belongs to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and is clad in a Christian Louboutin pump. We’ve included some more photos of Rosie in the gallery below, purely because we thought she was looking particularly lovely in this outfit, even although her shoes are about two sizes too big for her:

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  in too large shoesSeriously, how do celebrities walk like this? We know they borrow the shoes, and they have to take whatever size they’re given, yadda, yadda, but wouldn’t you rather wear your own, cheap shoes that fit, than a pair of OMGDESIGNER ones that fall off your feet with every step? We would.)


  • September 22, 2011


    i like a little bit of toe cleavage… where you can just about see where the toes begin. I have long toes so i usually have that, even in normal shoes. but this is a bit much, it reminds me of the evil stepsisters trying to jam their feet into cinderella’s tiny shoe, and that’s even more ridiculous when you see her shoes are actually too large.

  • September 22, 2011


    In most cases the shoes would have looked just as lovely with a regular vamp or as sandals. In this particular case I would have preferred both alternatives over the actual outcome.
    I don’t like toe cleavage on myself and I rarely like it on others. I think that in a closed shoe visible toes kind of spoil the look.

  • September 22, 2011


    I usually like a bit of toe cleavage, just as long as it’s subtle. So, not like in the photo shown, that’s just barely covering up the nails. Not a pretty sight, if you ask me.

  • September 22, 2011

    Pink Princess


  • September 22, 2011


    There are not many things I absolutely hate when it comes to shoes, but toe cleavage is one of them. I will walk away from the shoes of my dreams if I can see any toevage at all.

    I’m not really sure where this irrational hatred came from, but hey it’s better than me hating Jeffrey Campbell shoes or something right?

    Oh wait….

  • September 22, 2011


    I absolutely hate it. Not sure what it is about toe cleavage, but it really bothers me for some reason. Like Kerry, I will pass up a pair of shoes that I really love if I can see any toe cleavage at all.

  • September 22, 2011


    I really, really, really hate toe cleavage. I don’t mind toes, is the funny thing; I’m fine with sandals and the like. But if the shoe is supposed to cover your toes, it should cover your toes.

    I don’t know why I have such strong feelings about it. I don’t even care about toe cleavage on other people, either; I just cannot wear a pair of shoes that creates it on me. Drives me batty. (Well, battier than I already am.)

  • September 22, 2011


    To me it seems… I dunno… trashy, like you’re too cheap or ghetto to find a pair of shoes that actually fit RIGHT. Either that or it looks like the machie f-ed up and cut off too much fabric. If I want my toes seen, I’ll wear sandals or peep-toes.

  • September 22, 2011


    Ew. I’m generally not much of a foot-fan, so this is pretty much one of the ugliest things ever. Plus, it looks as if her shoes are tragically too small for her ginormous feet, which very well might not be the case, but it totally looks that way.

    • September 22, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      How can it be too small with all that space at the heel, though? They look much too BIG to me…

      • September 22, 2011


        They’re too wide and her feet are sliding forward.

      • September 22, 2011


        It’s not so much that they’re too small, but the slope of the them plus the narrow tip really jams the toes into the front of the shoe.

  • September 22, 2011


    Ewwwww….shuddering stuff….I hate feet at the best if times and this is one of those fashion crimes…not just crime, grime and crime…

    Too many tortured toes are evident and this is one to further enhance the torture..

  • September 22, 2011


    For toe cleavage not to bother me it has to be very minimal – just a hint of where the toes start. More than that and I find it very displeasing, aesthetically – and in my own case, I generally steer clear of close-toed shoes that show any toe cleavage at all.

  • September 22, 2011


    I don’t see how toe-cleavage can be fashionable? Personally I only own one pair of flats, where the beginning of my toes show, and if I’m wearing them, I always make sure, I’m wearing coloured tights, so it won’t show.

  • September 22, 2011


    I don’t mind a tiny amount of it, and I actually sort of like a teensy little bit of toe cleavage if it’s subtle, but too much of it bothers me, just because it shows that the shoe doesn’t fit right. I definitely don’t see how toe cleavage can be fashionable though.

  • September 22, 2011


    I think it’s painfully bad if the toes look jammed into the shoe, like the picture you used. It feels awkward and I don’t like the way it looks on me, but it can look good on other people IF THE SHOE FITS.

  • September 23, 2011

    Marianne S.

    I don’t mind a little toe cleavage, maybe up to the first joint. I wear a lot of ballet flats cut that way. Any more than that, and it feels like they might fall off.

  • September 27, 2011


    Honestly, toe cleavage makes me feel a bit sick. I’m not a huge hater of feet, am in fact quite neutral on feet, but toe cleavage just looks wrong. I spend a lot of time on the tube in London so I’m constantly presented with rows of people’s feet when sat down (god forbid you look at their faces! This is why I always try to travel with a book!), and I see so much toe cleavage, and horrible jammed in toes. I definitely don’t have any shoes that show toe cleavage… the one pair of ballet flats I have are cut far back enough to not show my toes! I could just about forgive the tiniest bit of toe cleavage on the little toe as they can slope quite far back in comparison to the other toes and peek out, but that’s about the only situation that I’ll accept it!

  • October 1, 2011


    Ugh, I absolutely hate toe cleavage! It’s one of the worst faux pas in my opinion!
    It makes you look uncomfortable and like your shoes don’t fit, even if they really do.

  • October 7, 2011


    Ouch! That’s all I have to say…

  • January 9, 2012

    Tangerine Sky

    I’m glad not all girls hate it, because I’d hate to see it go. I find toe cleavage to be SO hot. Yes, really. :) Flats or heels- either or. Though maybe a little more in flats.

  • January 15, 2012

    Albert Wes

    Personally and respecting the opinion of all, as I’m concerned I really like the toe cleavage, I like how he looks and how sexy, i like is what I think most interesting is that only shows a part of the toes and let your mind imagine the rest, this is very exciting, LIVE IN THE TOE CLEAVAGE

  • October 28, 2012


    I don’t like them. But that’s my personal opinion.