Toe cleavage

Toe cleavage

Toe cleavage is the partial exposure of a woman's toes in shoes that are cut low enough at the . [cite news|author=Meredith Broussard|title=Foot for Thought|publisher=Philadelphia City Paper|date=2003-04-23|url=] 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. [cite web|url=|author=Susan Conterno|title=Toe Cleavage|date=2005-05-02] Manolo 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.". [cite web|title=Manolo Blahnik|work=Design Museum|url=] According to fashion insiders, "toe-cleavage shoes "sans" stockings" are part of the "unwritten dress code" of the "Voguette", as dictated by the magazine's longtime editor in chief Anna Wintour -- "even in the bitter New York winter". [cite book
title=Front Row: Anna Wintour, the Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue's Editor in Chief
author=Jerry Oppenheimer
quote=A ... candidate for a ... features editor job ... had been well-briefed by a friend, a Voguette already safely ensconced in the elite fold, as to the toe-cleavage shoes "sans" stockings. Anna ... dictates everything that goes into the magazine, along with the behavior ... in its hallowed halls, from how subordinates should act on the elevators ... to how they are supposed to dress if they want to work there.... Thus, naked legs and open-toed stilettos in the bitter New York winter were requirements of the famed and feared editrix's unwritten dress code.

Fashion advice also centers around the amount of appropriate toe cleavage. A pump (shoe) with a "slightly low vamp for a "hint" of toe cleavage" should not be "too racy for a conservative office". [cite book
title=The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look
author=Kendall Farr
publisher=Gotham Books
] Financial guru Suze Orman says it is "the only cleavage that should be shown around an office". [cite book
title=FabJob Guide to Become a Personal Shopper
author=Laura Harrison McBride
others=Peter J Gallanis

The implied sexual aspects also come into play for some. Dominatrix Claudia Varrin writes of wearing an outfit featuring toe cleavage when entertaining a foot fetishist. [cite book
title=The Female Dominant: Games She Plays
author=Claudia Varrin
publisher=Citadel Press
quote=The outfit was a high-necked, sleeveless, full-skirted black dress; a thick, black, suede belt; lace-topped, black thigh-high stockings; and black suede stiletto pumps with the low vamp that allowed lots of toe cleavage. She knew he loved toe cleavage. Didn't most foot fetishists?
] And Frederick's of Hollywood has promoted open-toe shoes as "sexually suggestive" due to the toe cleavage. [cite book
title=Sexy Origins and Intimate Things: The Rites and Rituals of Straights, Gays, Bis, Drags, Trans, Virgins, and Others
author=Charles Panati
publisher=Penguin Books
quote=Frederick's of Hollywood has always promoted its open-toe and open-heel models as sexually suggestive because they reveal foot flesh and toe cleavage.


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