Pedicure Colors For Women Over 50

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 is so sophisticated! I’ve been thinking about contrast lately and reassessing pedicure colors for women over 50…and updated this post for any ladies with toes like mine.

I’m stepping further away from my predominantly black wardrobe these days and as I transition into paler, softer colored clothes, red nail 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.

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 by themselves… and did a lousy job of it.

The not-so-funny thing is that the older I get, the more crooked my toes become so wearing bright or dark-colored polish draws attention to their crookedness.

Essie Gel Couture polish collection on table

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If brightly colored toe polish brings you joy every time you see it, the options are endless. I bought periwinkle this spring and love it.

White or a nude/beige is my favorite shade these days, but I’m always open to trying new things. What’s your favorite color for pedicures this spring?

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





  1. I get my fingernails buffed but color on my toes – and it often changes. In summer they are often an ocean blue, wine/burgundy in fall/winter, minor deviations from time to time. My all time favorite color is an old discontinued OPI color – Root Beer (Float?) – a somewhat dark color that straddled a muted plum/ brown – it went with everything! I’d be so happy if they brought that one back!

  2. It’s March 2022 and I just found this article…and I love it! I am 62 and have been trying to find an article with hints for aging feet that are definitely not so pretty anymore. I want to keep the nails polished as they look “aged” if left uncovered…but wanted advise as to how to what colors would make them attractive but not draw attention to their “unattractive-ness”. Thank you, ladies for all you have shared!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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.

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