Independent shoe brands like By Far and Mercedes Castillo made them a bread and butter wardrobe staple for the street style contingent. Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta elevated the square-toed sandals to must-have status when he started creating those mules, high-heeled sandals and pumps all with the severe squared front. Now every brand it seems has caught on to this severe silhouette. While the geometric detail has been spotted on classic lace-ups and loafers for a season or two, their clunky and geeky dad shoe vibe tends to make a tricky territory to dip your toes into. But when high-heeled shoes are concerned, that square-toe takes on a sexier – toe cleavage alert – and a contemporary appearance. A pedicure is highly recommended.

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