May 20, 2007

Neo-demure: Get Ready for Summer and—Wait for It—Toe Cleavage!

Honestly, I never thought about toe cleavage until--until it has officially come into vogue just now. But as the not-so-proud owner of two only-a-mother-could-love sets of finger toes--those dreaded long toes that look like fingers--I have limited fashion choices when it comes to summer footwear. Full-on sandals look downright scary on me. Best I can manage is a mule, a peep-toe sandal, or, yes, a toe-cleavage revealing sandal or flat.

But what exactly is toe cleavage? Wikipedia describes it best, as usual,

Toe cleavage is the partial exposure of a woman's toes in shoes that are cut low enough at the vamp. Low cut shoes reveal toe cleavage similar to how low cut tops reveal breast cleavage.

Toe cleavage is considered to be fashionable by stylists such as Susan Conterno, columnist for FAMOUS magazine. However in 2003 concerns were raised by orthopedists and podiatrists, including by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, over the risks that some women were taking when they were having surgery in order to have "better toe cleavage" and in order to enable them to fit their feet into fashionable shoes by Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo. The AOFAS stated that its doctors advise patients to try changing their shoes before risking surgery.

Blahnik himself opined that ‘the secret of toe cleavage, a very important part of the sexuality of the shoe’ is that ‘You must only show the first two cracks.’

The next question, naturally, is why? Why now, anyway. Probably because it dovetails nicely with the whole Katherine Hepburn demure, 40s pin-up fashion scene that is hot right now. This Neo-demure is the opposite of Grunge, the opposite of the belly-baring Paris-Britney-Lindsay Slut-Chic thing (whatever that is). Neo-demure is hot and toe cleavage is the piece de resistance of Neo-demure.

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