How Do You Pedicure?

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I correlate my level of happiness with the shoes I'm wearing at any given moment. When it's rainboots, snowboots—any type of weather related boot, really—I don't feel particularly sunny. Sandals, on the other hand, mean all the obvious things that go along with warmer weather and elevated vitamin D levels. In a word, happiness.

For a while there, though it was officially spring, I was forced to continue with my cold-weather heavy boots. Growing up in year-round tropical weather has spoiled me. There’s never not a time to wear sandals when it’s 80 degrees in December. But living in New York means I'll take what I can get. So I'm just getting around to dusting off my sandals now.

Thing is, since my feet have remained largely unseen for months, I have no pedicure to speak of. This is easily remedied, by a salon or by myself—but I have to wonder, when do pedicures become practical again? At what point in the season do I have to wonder if my toes are readily presentable? (And do they have to be presentable all year 'round?)

Those questions aside, I now treat my pedicures the way I treat shaving my legs—only relevant if someone's going to see it. Which, of course, has it's own set of questions—mainly, what to paint?

Talk to any manicurist and the general consensus is the more fun, the better. That means nail art for toes exists and can look great. Take Madeline Poole's graphic approach:

'I'm really open when it comes to nails and toes, no rules. I do think, however, with toenail art, you should keep it as simple as possible so you can stand living with it. Just a stripe of color on the big toes or maybe alternating colors. And if you don't want to match your fingers and toes, it works best to have the colors be complimentary—not neon yellow and emerald green—more like coral and orange and navy or violet. Colors that have the same depth and vibrancy and look good together as a pair. Then try painting the second nail or the big toe a different color than the rest of them,” Madeline said.

Alternatively, there's Deborah Lippmann's approach from this NYFW, when she painted models’ toes at DKNY with neutral polish shades. So many nails; so many options.

And this is where you come in. At the expense of sounding like your out-of-touch aunt, I want to know what colors you prefer on your toes. Neutral, colorful, complimentary? What if your toes are really tiny? The real questions—would you be opposed to wearing stick-on toenails? Crazy as they seem, it's a pretty great idea for the lazy and actually secretly kind of loved. Sound off below. This little piggy wants to know.

—Claudia Marina

Photo via Madeline Poole. For more Open Thread discussions, click here.