In certain cultures and traditions of Africa for instance, young men wore rings on their big toe, supposedly for curative purposes. They also believed that wearing toe rings boosted their virility, and ascertained their masculinity.
And in Asia, notably India, women with toe rings on is symbolic of being married women. It serves as a mark of a change in status from being single to becoming married. It was and still is a common sight to see Asian brides adorn their toes with rings, on as many as four toes (except the little toe), and sometimes on both feet too!
In the western world, there is no symbolic interpretation or representation for wearing rings on your toes and they are only regarded as fashion accessories used to enhance, adorn and make the feet look feminine and pretty. Meaning they are worn simply as a stylish statement
It is not uncommon to find some men wearing a toe ring on a lone toe though.
Two Types of Rings
There are basically two types of toe rings, closed band and open-loops, however, most are made as open-loop rings for obvious reasons - they are easier to wear and are adjustable.
Unlike fingers that are long and slender, toes are short, sometimes chubby, scraggly, and even contorted. They can be expanded before slipping them on and tightened thereafter, to give a perfect clasp.
Today, many women wear one lone ring on the second toe of the left foot. Though many others claim it's best to wear it on the second toe of the right foot, trendsetters wear theirs on the second toe of the left foot.
Best Ways to Wear Toe Rings
Most of us wear our toe rings for a long time and barely take them off but others will change their toes rings every day, ensuring it matches what they wear.
So, what’s the best way? Obviously, in order to show off your ring adorned foot, you’ll do good to wear footwear that exposes your toes.
- Open toe shoes in general (except peep-toe shoes)
- Slippers (slip-on)
- Heeled sandals
- Slip-on sandals
- Lace-up sandals
20th Century Style Toe Rings
Exquisite toe-ring designs that make statements are stylishly crafted and styled after 20th-century motifs and themes of swirls and figurines, fauna and flora, including inscribed bands and love themes. They come in semi-precious materials.
It’s always best to go for rings made from lasting materials like gold, enamel, brass, and silver because they last for years and are the type that’ll always make your feet look delicate and classy.