I've never owned a pair of closed-toe sandals, but I can certainly think of occasions/venues where I'd find them useful. And I really love the look of these: http://www.zappos.com/p/el-nat.....61/color/3 (for some reason Finds is not working with Zappos right now). 

Wondering whether others find closed-toe sandal styles to be more or less versatile than open toe. To my eye, even the dressiest open-toe reads as more casual than a closed toe. Do you wear them earlier in the spring, or later into the fall, as you could theoretically get away with wearing hose with them? Also, the idea of not having to worry about pedicure issues... well, that's appealing.