The Sandals Timeline: When to Ditch Those Open Toes

There’s a lot the fashion world doesn’t agree on. (Cough, the white-after-Labor-Day debate.) And there’s a lot of speculation as to how long you can show those toes in the fall. Here’s the scoop on wearing sandals post-summer:

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August
Fall, shmall. The sun is out and we’re in no rush to speed up the end of the summer. Flaunt that pedicure in all its polished glory. It’s still sandal season, after all.

September
Pre-fall. It’s a season now (well, in the fashion world, at least). And the first day of school – for you, or your little ones – is always full of outfit planning. So, until the last day of summer hits on September 21, you’re free to rock gladiators and wedge sandals as you please. Just leave the flip-flops for dorm showers and pool visits.

October
It’s officially autumn – which means it’s time to pack up your jewel-clad thong sandals and gladiators and break out those lug-sole boots. Open-toed wedges can stay around, though. Just pair them with dainty ankle socks. Come Halloween, though, toes should be covered. No excuses.

November
This Turkey Day, you have something to be thankful for: your leather riding boots have returned to their lofty position as your faithful shoe go-to. But on those days where you’re feeling suddenly reminiscent of summer, fear not. You can still wear your open-toed wedges. Switch out ankle socks for a pair of dark or metallic opaque tights. (Just beware of ripped toes – total fashion don’t.)

Our Sandal Sale Boutique opens Saturday, August 10, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 10, 2013