Foot jewels step forward


Long gone are the days when wearing even a simple golden anklet could be considered vampy. And though jewelry from the knee down may strike some as a little unusual, the trend definitely has a hold on the accessories market. Playing around with the jewelry, which can be found in boutiques and department stores, is half the fun.

Anklets can be worn singly or stacked just like bangle bracelets. The same goes for toe rings, which encircle the tootsies comfortably with colorful beads on elastic.

Toe rings come in a cuff style as well. (Like wrist or ear cuffs, these bangles are incomplete circles and are easy to slip on.) Designers Stefanie Blackstock and Jenifer Rouse-Barber of Malibu, Calif., have created upscale toe cuffs in 14-karat white or yellow gold, with or without precious stones. Their Kiss My Toes line, retailing for $175-$300 per cuff, includes delicate flowers, hearts, bows and butterflies.

For women who are squeamish about showing their feet, much less showing them off, Rouse-Barber pointed out that "with all the open-toed, stylish shoes, especially in the summertime, first it is important to be well-pedicured. A French pedicure, for example, is a great way to have clean, understated, pretty toes."

Adding a simple, elegant piece of toe jewelry, she said, "is a perfect way to be sexy and sophisticated in any open-toed shoe."

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