Style Trial: Pointed toes on shoes

pointed toes on shoes

(Clockwise, from left: Boutique9, Elizabeth and James, Guess, Gianvito Rossi, Dune)

Shoes with pointy toes: they were acceptable in the 80s. And in the 90s. And for a good part of the “naughties” too. (Nope, still can’t write that without cringing…) And, for some people at least, it would seem that they’re acceptable right now, in the summer of 2012, too. Yes, the pointed toe is making a comeback, ousting the chunky platform from its position as top dog of the shoe world, and infiltrating shoe stores and closets around the world.

The question is: what do we all make of this development?

The Case for Pointed Toes:

Today’s pointed toes, you’ll no doubt be pleased to know, are just a little shorter, and a little  less pointed than their predecessors’. This means that although they still create that sharp, elongated silhouette, they stop short of making your feet look like canoes. Or some of them do, anyway. The pointed toe also creates a more elegant shape: most of these styles are minus the huge platform soles which have been around for so long now we’ve almost forgotten what height we are without them, and that may be welcome news for those of you who’ve spent the last decade or so in platform purgatory, wondering if you’d ever be able to buy shoes again.

The pointed toes also look good with things like super-skinny jeans and cropped pants, both of which continue to be popular. If you try to wear a chunky, round-toed platform with very narrow pants, you can end up being ALL FEET. Especially if the platforms in question are something like Jeffrey Campbell‘s Litas, say. Ahem. A more pointed toe, however, helps streamline the look, and can be more flattering than you might expect. Can be.

So that’s the good news.

The Case Against Pointed Toes

Despite all of the Good Things mentioned above, the fact still remains: for a lot of us, pointed toes can still look pretty dated, bringing to mind the neon stilettos of the 80s and, well, witches, basically. Not only that, but a longer toe obviously leads to the illusion of a longer foot, and if you thought those Lita’s were bad, you were totally right, just wait until you see someone in super-skinny jeans and shoes with a very long, pointed toe: you’ll think you’re looking at a golf club, seriously.

So, what’s the verdict, Fashion Jurors? Do you welcome the return of the pointed toes? Will you be embracing them, and digging some old pairs out of the depths of the closet, or will you simply slam the closet door, wedge it shut, and tell anyone who’ll listen that they’ll have to prise your rounded toes off your cold, dead feet?

16 Comments

  • April 20, 2012

    Megan

    Me likey!

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  • April 20, 2012

    Carol

    I have only one pair of pointy toe shoes similar to the beige ones at the bottom of the photo. Hardly ever wear them. I think it’s because my little toe feels squeezed in them. They may not survive the next closet clearing, though I do love them.

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  • April 20, 2012

    Lou

    I cannot, and never could, stand pointed shoes. I thought it was just me though, so this made me smile.

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  • April 20, 2012

    Mona

    Another Pro/Con is shoe-size and toe length. The toe box of pointy shoes is even smaller, so they can get very uncomfortable. I wear US size 9, and in pointy toed shoes my feet look even larger since I can’t wear the >5 inch heels that would balance out the proportions.

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  • April 20, 2012

    Megan

    I actually like pointy toes, especially the shorter ones that are everywhere right now. But I have little feet…in fact, I had a boyfriend once who used to say that I looked like I had “little hooves” instead of feet when I wore heels with a rounded toe. So I don’t mind the extra length.

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  • April 21, 2012

    e

    I’ve recently come round to liking them… I can usually only cope if they have no platform and a mid/not massively high heel. Simplicity all the way.

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  • April 21, 2012

    Sally

    I’ve always loved pointy toes but had finally come around to liking the rounded toes. I’ll throw out the really exaggerated pointed toe ones – the ones with a crease across as they were so long – and hopefully I now have a nice mix of shoes I can wear depending on what I’m wearing and how I feel!

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  • April 22, 2012

    Lauren

    I bet the surgeons who perform bunion surgery like them…

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  • April 22, 2012

    Minka

    I do like pointed toes, but I have large and wide feet, so very often pointed (even slightly pointed) shoes simply don’t fit me. It is hard to find shoes that fit my feet comfortably as it is, so I’m not particularly excited about the idea of pointed toe revival.

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  • April 22, 2012

    M

    I love pointed toe shoes, they have always been my favourite toe style. I have a few almond toe shoes, but the majority are pointed.

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  • April 23, 2012

    drea

    I like them, but they have to be rounded points, like an almond shape.

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  • April 24, 2012

    Karen

    I never realized that pointed toe shoes ever went out of style… I see them all over the place! That said, I do remember when SUPER pointy-toe shoes were popular in the early 00’s and thought they were hideous. I rather like the more subtle point, though. The ones shown above are classy.

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  • April 24, 2012

    Karen

    Not for me. My feet are wide at the front too, so they usually pinch, but even when they don’t, I feel like an elf every time I try them on. I’ll never say never, but right now, I don’t expect I’ll be buying any in the near future. I have seen some that I like on other people though, but more often than not, they’re too 80’s for me.

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  • April 25, 2012

    M.

    I HATE rounded toe shoes… I like them with a ‘medium,’ or subtle point – those outrageously long and pointy points end up look like you’re wearing elf shoes – I have a pair of those and they make me look silly now. But yeah. Hate rounded toe shoes/ballet flats, for no good reason.

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  • April 28, 2012

    Jane

    I have super narrow size 6 feet, so pointed toes are fine for me.

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  • May 7, 2012

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m really bad at getting rid of shoes (which is why I’ve always baulked at the shoeper shoe challenge), so I’m quite happy to start wearing my pointy toed shoes again!

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