What kind of shoe is peep toe?

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What kind of shoe is peep toe?
Peep toe shoes were first popular in the 1950s. (elegant high heels shoes weared on pretty girl's feet image by starush from Fotolia.com)

The peep toe is a style of shoe with no toe cap. These shoes are available as both flats and heels and are suitable for a variety of occasions. They can be worn with or without tights, but not with socks, and as a shoe that is halfway between a full shoe and a sandal, are suitable for spring or summer weather.

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Appearance

Peep toe shoes are characterised by a hole at the front of the shoe that reveals the wearer's first three toes. The hole is usually cut in a semicircle shape, leaving the rest of the shoe intact. Peep toe shoes can be flats or high heels and are sometimes categorised as sandals. The only style of shoe you won't find with a peep toe are boots.

History

Peep toe shoes first became popular in the 1940s when, by the end of the decade, the austerity and conservatism that came with the Second World War had gone. At the time, they were accompanied by tall heels and the term "pumps" was coined to describe shoes with a heel but no strap. This trend continued through the 1950s and is still popular in the early 21st century.

Occasion

Since they expose part of your foot, peep toe shoes are suitable for summer wear. However, due to the different styles, you can also wear heels on nights out, while flats can be worn with or without tights. Wearing peep toe shoes in a formal or office setting might be frowned upon by employers and colleagues; as they do not cover all of your foot, they might be deemed unprofessional, according to The Careerist website.

Purchasing

Peep toe shoes are widely available from shoe stores throughout the UK. You are most likely to be able to purchase them on the high street during the summer but might also be able to purchase peep toe heels during the winter months too. Alternatively, many websites supply ranges of peep toe shoes available for purchase online.

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