What Are Sandalfoot Pantyhose?

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Blame it on those stocking-wearing Middleton sisters, Pippa and Duchess of Cambridge Kate. Pantyhose, after years on the shelf, are back. But strappy sandals, peep-toe pumps and even open-toe boots and booties are still fashion forward. That's where various versions of sandalfoot stockings come in.

1 No-Show Toes

Sandalfoot pantyhose have been around since your mom's, and probably your grandmother's, time. Instead of a darker-colored reinforced toe zone, they have just a thin seam at the toe, so the pantyhose look isn't as pronounced. These might not be ideal for strappy sandals when you're anxious to show off your pretty pedi, but they will work well for peep-toe shoes when you want to make your legs look toned -- or just to stay warm.

2 Go Toeless

Toeless stockings were the brainchild of Spanx inventor Sara Blakely, who cut the toes out of a pair when trying to eliminate the dreaded VPL -- visible panty line -- under a pair of slacks by wearing hose instead. These come in many brands, and can help your legs look tanned and toned when you want to look like you're not wearing stockings at all.

Bonny Brown Jones has been a writer, columnist, copy editor and senior copy editor for newspapers that have included the "Orlando Sentinel," "Miami Herald" and "Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch." Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio State University.