Atrocious Audition Attire – Open Toe Controversy
by Christie Connolley
I have been shopping literally for two weeks looking for the perfect shoes for my DMA auditions next month. Although I already have an embarrassingly large closet full of shoes, it seems the perfect pair to match my navy wrap dress continues to elude me. The contenders thus far have either been too tall (honestly, I don’t think that too tall heels exist, but that is a criticism I often here from judges, etc. which is a controversy we will save for another day), too short, too dowdy, too risque…. you get the picture.
Today, while at DSW Shoe Warehouse I thought I may have found the right pair, they were the right height, right color, and as I was exhausted from the quest, I almost bought them, even though they were open toe shoes. I have always been from the school of thought that open toe shoes are distracting and they could take the focus off of your performance.
I remember attending the Met Regional finals for the Colorado Region last year and this woman was essentially wearing dressy, heeled flip flops. I was sitting close to the front and all I could look at were her toes, her meaty toes. To begin with, she failed to adhere to the open toe pact (must be pedicured and presentable), so it wouldn’t have been appropriate for her to be walking in the mall with the shoes, let alone at the Met Auditions. She sang the longest aria known to man and eventually the circulation to her feet was cut off and her meaty toes strained against the sequined straps and I literally could think of nothing else.
Open toe shoes present another danger, toe overage. Your foot could slide down the slope of the insole and force your toes out the front of the shoe creating the unsightly illusion of an animal crawling out of the cave it hibernated in all winter. Mid-audition, there is no remedy for this, you could actually step on your own toes as they hit the ground in front of you.
Then there are the people who wear open toe shoes with nylons. I have always been told one should wear nylons to an audition, but honestly, there should be an Olympic category to reward people who manage to don control-top pantyhose. It is a really taxing undertaking. The thought of meaty toes ensconced in a reinforced toe, bulging through a peep- toe is equally as unbearable. The aerodynamic effect of the nylons actually increase the likelihood for toe overage. For these reasons, I put the shoes down and walked out of DSW. The quest continues.
Do you think that open toe shoes are appropriate for auditions, competitions, performances? Do you wear them? Let us air this controversy once and for all.