Do You Paint Your Toes In Fall/Winter?

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I was none too pleased with Mother Nature this morning when I awoke to 46 degrees. That may be balmy for some places, but for this part of California at this time of year, that sh*z is cold, dude! I wanted to grab my sandals and take Tabs out for a walk, but my exposed toes protested somethin’ fierce. Sure, I prefer sandals to socks, but not when it’s cold!


The end of sandal season means toes everywhere are again being oppressed (haha!) by socks, boots and various other forms of winter footwear. It begs the question — when your toes go into hiding, do your pedicures fall by the wayside?

I still like to keep mine painted and primped, because if I don’t, I develop what El Hub refers to as “monkey feet,” on account of my freakishly long toes and uncanny toe dexterity.

But sometimes I do think about skipping my pedis in fall and winter… I mean, why bother to paint if no one’s gonna see your feet? Why not just save that time and energy for more important cold weather activities…like roasting chestnuts over open fires and whatnot? πŸ™‚

Do you paint your toes in fall/winter?

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  1. Tamara says:

    I’m stuck. I always want to do it, but I also think that the winter is the perfect time for nails to “take a break” and go paint-free. It’s just kind of hard to see them without any color!

  2. Jen says:

    I live in Hawaii… We have no real seasons. :\

  3. Mira says:

    it makes me feel pretty! Plus my husband likes it πŸ˜‰

  4. Miss Emmi says:

    Absolutely! I love to paint my toenails in really bright colours – something to cheer me up and remind me of summer when I take off my shoes!
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  5. Advah says:

    HAH. No. I live in Scotland. We barely take our socks off during the summer, so during the winter (especially since I’m back in singleness/tude) I don’t bother with nail polish or even shaving..

    • Karen says:

      Wow. So I take it flip-flops aren’t very popular out there?

      • Advah says:

        Um yes, but not by me! For some reason plenty of people don’t mind flip-flops in the rain, but I’m always cold and wet feet makes it worse. That’s where people spot I’m not a local! πŸ˜€

        • Karen says:

          Ya know, I don’t mind it so much if it’s a warm, wet place like Hawaii, but I can’t imagine flip flops in cold, wet weather. Just the thought of it gives me the chills…

  6. Alex says:

    I paint my toes year round. I figure, I see them even if no one else does, and I like to see them painted pretty colors πŸ™‚

  7. DonnaN says:

    I do, but I tend to go longer between pedis in the winter, than I do the summer. I think it has to do more with my footwear choice (sandals and flips) and exposure, but I try to do a pedi every 2 weeks between April and September and I can go a month or more during the winter months.

    • Karen says:

      Hi DonnaN,

      What shade are you rockin’ right now?

      • DonnaN says:

        My toes are in China Glaze’s WATERMELON RIND, but they’re starting to look a bit ragged—thank god for cooler weather….and SOCKS!!

        I’ve already decided that my next color will be OPI’s LIGHT MY SAPPHIRE.

        One question, do you do your own Pedi’s or do you go to a Salon? Myself, I only do SALON, because between the scrubbin’ and pampering (plus the CHAIR) it’s HEAVEN for an hour!!

  8. gio says:

    I never bothered to paint my toenails in winter. If no one’s gonna see my feets then I don’t see why I should paint them lol.
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  9. mill says:

    not really… if im really down in the dumps i get a pedicure as a treat in winter, but otherwise, not until my end- of- winter pedi- my feet are screaming for it by then!

  10. Faye says:

    I try to get pedicures in the winter occasionally, just to keep my heels and feet from getting too gross — which is easier to do with all the dry heat inside, and walking around in boots, etc. But more often than not I won’t bother with colors if I do so, just to save some time. I’m all about the great manicure in the winter, then it’s back to cool pedi colors in the spring :).

  11. Nina says:

    oddly enough im more religious about painting my toes in the winter : i find that the sight of gaily painted toes cheer me up! πŸ™‚ plus – the reds, plums and dark greens/blues — so hard to resist! πŸ™‚

  12. Brandy says:

    As a Canadian, I’m laughing a little at the thought of Californian “winter footwear.” What is that, exactly?? πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      LOL… yeah, it’s pretty lame. It doesn’t get *that* cold out here in the grand scheme of things. But it’s usually boots, Uggs, fake Uggs, rainboots, that kinda thing. Northern California/Bay Area is colder than places like Los Angeles.

      • Brandy says:

        I got my winter boots out a few days ago because we got our first snowfall. Right now we’re just below freezing, but it will get colder and colder. Sadly, there is no way to look fashionable in -40! And if you ever come across a mascara that doesn’t smear after your eyelashes freeze together and then thaw, let me know!

  13. Ruchita says:

    Nope, I don’t paint my toes in the winter. I’m in socks and shoes all the time so I rarely see my own feet! I like to get a pedicure to start off the warm weather season and after that I usually paint my toes myself.

    • Karen says:

      Is it cold out your way, Ruchita?

      • Ruchita says:

        I live in Ohio, so the winters can get quite cold. So far, October has had some warm days but it’s starting to get pretty chilly at night.

        I’m one of those people that gets cold easily, so you might find me hanging around the house in the summer with a blanket. πŸ™‚

  14. Fieran says:

    I live in Norway – I’m lucky to be able to wear sandals for a week in Summer, maybe and shoes without socks for a good two months or more. The rest of the year I wear sneakers, wedge heel pumps, boots or winter boots, so my toe nails are never painted.
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  15. Vivian says:

    I sure do! What are you going to say when you unveil in front of someone and you have your hand nails black and your toes abandoned? :PPPP
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  16. Anna says:

    Always always painted πŸ™‚

  17. Tiffany H says:

    I live in Houston so one day it may be 30 degrees and then the next it may be 80 degrees! I keep my toes ready at all times, lol.
    Tiffany H recently posted … Manicure Mondays-Orly Mirror Mirror

  18. Celine says:

    Still wearing open toed shoes for parties, so yes!

  19. justjillian says:

    i do! so i can wear supercute peeptoes!!!
    i usually do my own pedis in the winter though to save money!

    just-jillian xoxo

  20. steph b says:

    I do paint them in the winter but not as often. I can have fun with colors that aren’t work appropriate. I tend to be barefoot in my apartment so I figure I see them plenty. I do keep up with the rest of the pedicure process even if not painting my toes so that the cold, dry air doesn’t destry my feet. Plus, it feels good.

    • Karen says:

      Ooh! Do you know what totally takes the at-home pedi to the next level? A foot bath thingy — you know, one of the gadgets that you can plug in and it creates bubbles and massages your feet. I have one and don’t use it nearly enough.

  21. Lindsay says:

    I’m with Advah on this one- not only do the toes suffer, but between jeans and tights, shaving suffers as well. Although not because I’m in singleness mode! I’m married! My poor husband. I never let it get too bad! Just a little stubbly. No legbeard. This feels like a mega-overshare.
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  22. Ru says:

    But Karen, it’s boot season!!! Which makes the colder weather some-what worth it!

    I do like to keep my feet painted year round as well. I think it looks pretty, and my husband sees my feet, and I still wear peep-toe shoes in my office. Plus it forces me to give myself a pedicure- which is self love πŸ™‚

  23. Phyrra says:

    I always keep my toes painted πŸ™‚ Then again, I live in FL and hate it when it’s below 50. I just like to keep my toes painted year round because the colors can be cheerful.
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  24. Taffy says:

    I paint my once before the snow sets in and maybe once more if I get bored with my toes. Even though I live in Toronto, I often see many women wearing open toe shoes in the middle of January, and they all have painted toenails. Black seems to be a popular colour for them but then again, that just might be frostbite!
    Taffy recently posted … Go Goth Collection By OPI

  25. Rae says:

    Ahahahaha. It’s already 19 degrees (F) in Edmonton, so “nay” on the painting of the toes! The only time I ever see my toes is in the shower :p
    Rae recently posted … The Body Shop Vitamin C Eye Reviver Duo is two times the fun

  26. Vonnie says:

    my toes are always done, but that’s just because I love pedicures and seeing them with polish on. I’m always in flats in the summer anyway, STILL barely see my toes out but they are always done, lol. I like my little piggies, just seem to always have them covered :-/ hmmm, need more sandals next summer
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  27. I confess. Not really! Every now and again I do but its easier to skip this task since my feet will never see the light of day!
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  28. Kim says:

    I’m a total slacker on the winter toe polishing (though I do make sure my calluses and toe hair are kept in check)! I will admit to not shaving my legs every day either, while we’re confessing. πŸ™‚

  29. Eleonora says:

    Hi Karen,

    You know, I was just talking about this with a friend of mine yesterday. I do not normally paint my toes in fall/winter, since I’m not wearing open-toe shoes or flip-flops and such.
    But I’m starting an aquagym course at my gym tomorrow so I thiought it could be cool to have my toes painted. And I’m wearing an Essence polish (one that’s specifically for toes, how cool is that?!) in a fuchsia shade LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eleonora,

      Ooh, gurl! You’ve got to have your toes done if you’re hitting the water! They give you something nice to look at when you look down. πŸ™‚

      Have fun at your class tomorrow! Is it like water aerobics?

  30. Susan says:

    Definitely polish my toes in the wintertime. I’ve done it for so long that my toes look strange to me with no polish on them! I’m in Indiana and after our massive thunderstorms yesterday, I am happy to be wearing sandals to work today, although I won’t be able to do that tomorrow or the rest of the week. It will be down in the 30’s tonight and a high of only 50 tomorrow. Yuck!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan,

      Funny you should mention Indiana and thunderstorms… I’m reading a young adult book right now about a girl who lives in Indiana, gets struck by lightning and develops psychic powers! It’s called Vanished and it’s pretty good.

      Anywho, our clear weather is rapidly going to pot. It’s overcast now and looks like it’s about to pour.

  31. antithesis says:

    i dont go get pedis but i will polish them from time to time.

  32. Coral says:

    I try to give my toes breathing space but I still can’t break the habit of painting my toe nails. I don’t do it as often and I try to go prolonged periods of time without polish on, but I still can’t help myself. Plus, in California, winter really isn’t that long, so I don’t mind too much.

  33. Trisha says:

    If you had asked me that question a year ago, it would have been a flat-out no. Just because I wasn’t as in to nail polish as I am now. But this winter? Yep, I am. I already know in advance. πŸ˜‰

    Why? Because it’s fun.
    Trisha recently posted … Nails of the Day: Tapping Nails

  34. Sara says:

    I keep mine polished but I may go longer in between. I think polished toes are like matching underwear. It’s for me, not anyone else so it doesn’t matter if anyone else sees them. And, like others have mentioned, it cheers me up during the dark cold winter months!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sara,

      That’s a nice comparison. I get a kick out of matching drawers, too, but don’t do it nearly as often as I should.

      We have to remember to treat ourselves! πŸ™‚

  35. MONICA_MAUI says:

    oh gosh YES! i really can’t wake up in the morning knowing my toes are not done. i’m not high maintenance at all but the toes have to be done! i just don’t like my neekkked toes, lol!

  36. Katrina says:

    I don’t really, I just can’t be bothered. I keep them clean and trimmed but rarely paint them. Hubby doesn’t care, his eyes barely ever make t past my boobs anyway, lol.

    Are those your feet Karen? The look like mine. I have odd long toes too

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katrina,

      LOL regarding the boobs. Guys have a one track mind!

      And I wish that was my fireplace and my feet! My toes are (yikes) even longer. πŸ™‚

  37. snoopysteph says:

    Nah, I don’t bother since I live in Chicago and my toes never see the light of day from October-April! πŸ˜€

  38. HanaBerlin says:

    Honey my toes are always in top shape!

  39. Beth says:

    I definitely keep my toes painted in the winter, but it’s a quandry for me. I love the idea of letting them breathe after constantly keeping them polished for months. I take it off and if I’m lucky last a day or two before I can’t stand it anymore. They are stained from all the polishing and I can’t make it long enough to let it wear off. I just paint them so I don’t have to look at it anymore!

  40. Jessica says:

    I keep my toes painted in the winter. I live in the south and I remember wearing shorts one year for christmas! I never really know what day could be a flip flop day so I just keep them painted.

  41. Hend says:

    I rarely paint my toes , I always keep them french

  42. Kimberly says:

    We’re used to 46 degree weather here in Washington, and no amount of cold keeps my tooties from being painted. πŸ™‚
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  43. Bayleigh says:

    I was just wondering the same thing!

    I always keep my toes painted during the winter, because who knows when they might make an appearance! I do have to confess though that I tend to skip the matching mani and pedi in the winter (it’s a must in the summer)to a different color on my nails and toes. I also tend to go longer in between switching the colors as well, because where I am from I don’t want to have to take my toes out in the negative temps!

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