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Toe Rings

To me, toe rings are the single sexiest fashion accessory a woman can possibly wear.  When combined with bare feet, they are a knockout!

In my opinion, toe rings should also be worn exclusively by women.  Men can wear finger rings, earrings, nose rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.  But, let us keep toe rings an eternal symbol of femininity, shall we?

Thank you.  :)

A Brief History of Toe Rings

In other areas of the world, toe rings have been popular for centuries.  In some regions they even have a particular cultural significance.

In India, for example, Hindu women wear them as a symbol of their married state, much like our tradition of wearing a ring on the third finger of the left hand.  It even has a corresponding ritual in their marriage ceremonies, where the rings are placed on the bride's toes by the groom.

In the United States, however, toe rings did not really exist until the early 1990s.  I remember exactly when they began to appear on the scene.

I was in college at the time.  Having been a connoisseur of women's feet since I was very young, my habits of observing them were well established.  It was therefore quite easy for me to spot - and quickly become fascinated with - this new behavior of women to wear rings on their toes.

They seemed to explode in popularity in a very short time.  Within just a few weeks of having seen one for the first time, a number of girls on campus were wearing them.  I'll spare you the details of what happened to me when my friend across the hall, who was the finest example of The Pure Form I have ever known, first wore one.

But, in the years since then, they seem to have suffered a tremendous decline in popularity.  While they do still exist, and you can find a section dedicated to them in any decent jewelry store or department, very few women are actually seen to be wearing them.  Even my friend, the aforementioned envoy from Heaven, stopped wearing them.

Wide Selection

Despite the apparently miniscule market, you can find toe rings in a broad range of styles, colors and materials.  They come in three general designs:

Metal, Open-Loop
Made from some metal, usually iron, gold or silver, and open on one side to allow for adjustment.
Metal, Closed-Loop
Also made of metal, but formed into a solid ring.  These are fitted, like most finger rings.
Elastic
Comprised of an elastic band.  These may either be translucent and have a single object (such as a butterfly or a miniature flip-flop) on the top, or they may have beads or jewels all around the band.

Within these, you can get toe rings that depict all manner of things, from skulls to angels.  You can also see them in simple, polished metal bands, or intricately sculpted rings.

With this wide variety, I would think that there would be more of them visible than there are.  The only thing I can think of is that, like the anklet mystery, a lot of women are wearing toe rings inside of their shoes and socks.  What a waste that would be.

Now, go on from Toe Rings to Anklets, or return to Foot Jewelry.


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