I have received several emails and comments asking how to properly pair tights and open toed shoes. And since I am visual person I decided to address this topic in a post, complete with pictures. I am very particular about shoes and wearing the correct shoes for each season. I do though I have a few shoes, like my Cynthia Vincent Luella's that I feel are shoes I can wear year round. But most of my wedges and summer shoes I pack away for the summer, because I have a small closet and to me those shoes are unwearable during the fall and winter seasons.
What I look for when pairing tights with open toe shoes is shoe that is season appropriate, in color and in style. The shoe also must have some substance to it, personally I don't pair very stappy shoes with tights. Things I look for in open toes shoes to pair with tights are: Textures like Velvet and patent. Styles like Mary Janes and Oxfords, and darker winter color.
Some shoes I pair with tights are:
Open Toe Shoes I would not pair with tights: Anything with straw, cork, too strappy or an espadrille. All these shoes are too summery for pairing with tights.
You can always try shoes out and give it you best judgment as to how it looks. But I definitely don't think open toe shoes and tights is a combination that should be avoided. For myself it allows shoes like my Twelfth Street Cynthia Vincent Luella wedges to be extremely versatile. When I wore them in LA with tights my friend Wendy mentioned she never would have thought to pair them with tights but it works.
Here are my picks for shoes you can wear with tights now and later without tights when the weather warms up! (I included a variety of price options)
First row :Forever 21, Joie, Joie, Tory Burch, Jessica Simpson
Secon Row: Lamb, Oxford, Pour La Victoire, Jeffery Campbell, Dolce Vita
Thrid Row: Forever 21, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Forever 21, Forever 21