Pedicure Colors and Toe Shape

Who doesn’t love a classic red pedicure, or manicure if you’re lucky enough to have strong fingernails? It’s timeless, ageless, goes with everything and so sophisticated! I’ve been thinking lately, about contrast and reassessing its attractiveness on my 60-year-old toes.

I’m stepping further away from my predominantly black wardrobe this spring and as I transition into paler, softer colored clothes, the red polish is looking stark. When a color is a dramatic departure from the other colors around it, the eye is drawn to the contrast. In this case, attention slams to a halt at the toenails.

Essie polish shades

I am obviously a fan of Essie nail polish

Now I don’t know about you, but my toes have taken quite a beating over the years. Scars from bunion surgery top the list but I’ve also broken several toes by stubbing and slamming them into things. Nobody ever “set” those broken toes so they healed themselves… and did a lousy job of it.

60 year old toes

The not so funny thing is that the older I get the more crooked the toes are becoming. They don’t appear quite as crooked when I’m not standing on my feet…which I like to do:) Wearing a dark red or burgundy polish with pale sandals draws too much attention to their crookedness.

pedicure colors for women over 50

I wear toenail polish to prettify my feet. If the polish is drawing more attention to my gnarly toes, it’s not doing the job for me.

white toe polish

these sandals offer great camouflage 🙂

I’ve begun using pale pink, lilac, blue, and white polish on my toes and lately. It feels sassier than pink. White is my favorite summer shade.

What’s your favorite color for pedicures this spring? Are you a die-hard classic red polish lover? How have your toes held up?

Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Lana
    July 30, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I too have bumped into something with my toes and it has led to me losing nails, happy to say they are growing back and I can go in and have them done again. I have been getting them painted orange or purple, makes me feel good.

    • July 30, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      You go, Lana! Paint them a color that makes you happy.

  2. Robin T
    July 30, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Hi Jennifer
    I’ve been fortunate with my feet…although orthotics are in my future.
    One colour I have worn this past winter, spring & summer is Essie’s “Eternal Optimist”. I think its a neutral and goes well with many colours. Muted and not to bright. Nice on toes and fingers! Classy….my opinion. 🙂
    Robin T

    • July 30, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      I’ll check that one out Robin. It sounds perfect.

  3. Jan
    May 11, 2017 / 6:35 am

    I painted mine blue a couple of weeks ago, and I love it! Found a cute pair of L’Artiste sandals that have a lots of colors and they look great! I am even thinking of wearing short dresses again this summer. I will be 68 this year and these gams still look pretty good!

    • Jennifer
      May 11, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Good for you!! Go for it.

  4. Karen Needler
    April 8, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I always used OPI until it became harder to come by (and I still have a TON). The first times I tried Essie I found it didn’t last as long, even with base and top coats. Now I get the Essie Gel Couture in the twisted bottle, and with its corresponding top coat, find it outlasts even OPI. What products and layers do you use to make your regular Essie last long? And how often do you change your toe nail polish?

    BTW, while waiting a few months to see a foot specialist, I removed all my nail polish. After a month or so, all of the yellow went away! Granted, it was winter and I didn’t mind having naked toes.

    Feeling very inspired and normal for a 58 y.o.!! Thanks for this post and your responses, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      April 8, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      LOL, you’re the best, Karen! I do have the Essie Gel Couture, but only in a few colors. You’re right! They do last longer than any polish I have used. Note to self…get more colors:) I will change my polish once a week if I need to (chipping) but prefer to have it last 2 weeks.

  5. April 6, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    My tootsies still look pretty good…I go for various shades of pastel blue this time of year and reds into purples inFall/Winter.

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Pastel blue is so pretty!

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