You all know how I endeavor to educate you in some small way, to provide you with some tidbit of
useless useful information that you might share while idly standing at the office water cooler. While this one isn’t as interesting as say, the time we all learned about Spider Prostitution, it is worthy of sharing with you, and perhaps with your friends and coworkers. However, it does relate in a small way to office attire. Just wait, you’ll see. And you may never be the same. (I haven’t been, but then again this has been “a thing” for many years and, much like spider prostitution, I only learned about it much later in life. It’s likely you are more in touch with the world and already know about this.)
The day I learned about Toe Crack, also known as Toe Cleavage.
While standing around with a group of friends and acquaintances, I notice the acquaintance in front of me is staring at me feet. He’s staring hard.
To give you a little background, this is a “business casual/dressy” environment and I’m wearing an unremarkable outfit, common office attire. And a pair of blue suede, closed-toe pumps.
The guy briefly looks up to my face and promptly declares he loves how my feet look in the shoes.
This was more than your usual, “I like your (shoes/hair/eyes)” comment. He was practically salivating, much like someone who’s just seen an ice cream cone for the first time after months of sweltering hot summer.
Noting his intense enthusiasm, I think, “Huh, I wonder where this is going. I don’t even know you and you’re ready to drool on my feet.”
Me: “Oh, thanks. I’ve been told I have cute feet, usually by men with a foot fetish.”
Yeah, I’m polite like that.
Foot Guy: “No, I don’t have a foot fetish. I’m into toe crack.”
Me: “Toe crack??”
And here’s where we all get to learn something new…
He proceeds to explain, “Toe crack, or toe cleavage is when a woman’s pumps don’t quite cover her toes, showing a little crack where the toes meet the foot. Some men love seeing this. It’s a kind of a turn-on.”
I guess it’s like seeing butt crack but, unlike butt crack, this is desirable. Apparently.
Me: “No way! Are you serious??”
Foot Guy: “Oh, yes! In fact, some major corporations specifically ban wearing shoes to the office that show toe cleavage. Hewlett-Packard has a policy like that.”
quick internet search extensive research I couldn’t confirm the HP corporate policy regarding toe cleavage, but it appears large, conservative corporations do have such policies.
Not having been previously aware of this during my job interviews may explain a bit.
Here are the blue suede shoes with toe cleavage, and Pye expressing her shoe fetish…
I’ll never view my shoes the same again; I’ll always wonder if someone is secretly getting excited by my toe cleavage.
And now my blue suede shoes have cat drool on them, too.