This is a question that has been asked since the invention of the open toe shoe. And while there is no concrete answer, we can explore the pros and cons of this eternal dilemma.

On one hand, wearing open toe shoes can add a touch of femininity and sexiness to your uniform. Not to mention, it can also make you look more stylish and put-together. On the other hand, though, open toe shoes can be dangerous. From spilled drinks to dropped plates, there are many hazards that come with the territory of being a waitress. So, what's a girl to do?

The Pros of Wearing Open Toe Shoes:

  1. Feminine and sexy
  2. More stylish
  3. Put-together
  4. attracts tips
  5. makes you feel pretty
  6. fashionable
  7. cool in the summer
  8. makes your feet look good
  9. fun to shop for
  10. options are endless
  11. feels good to show off your pedicure

The Cons of Wearing Open Toe Shoes:           

1. Spilled drinks    

2. Dropped plates  

3. Splinters    

4. Snagged toes  

5. Slippery when wet    

6. Hot in the kitchen    

7. Can get dirty quickly    

8. Break easily    

9 .Dangerous    

10 .Uncomfortable after long shift    

11 .Can’t run as fast in them  

12 .Too much sun exposure        

13 .Hard to find waitressing shoes that look good and are comfortable      

14 .Can’t wear socks with them      

15 .People step on your feet more often  

16 .Can be more difficult to balance trays with          

17 .Tend to slip off more easily than closed-toe shoes  

18 .Can hurt your feet if you’re not used to wearing them  

19 .Aching feet at the end of the day      

20 .Heels can be unstable


So, what's the verdict? Should waitresses continue to suffer in the name of fashion or should they err on the side of caution and opt for closed-toe shoes? There is no right or wrong answer, but we hope this article has given you something to think about the next time you're getting ready for your shift! Thanks for reading!