Like the rest our bodies, a man’s feet come in different shapes and sizes. This can create problems for shoemakers as a last usually only suits one certain foot type and catering to different morphologies can be an incredibly difficult task. Fortunately, the majority of shoemakers are starting to realize this and have released different types of toes to help house these different shapes properly. If a man is having trouble with the shape of his shoe, then changing the toe’s shape on the shoe could make all of the difference.
The most common of all shoe shapes has a round toe. The name lends itself to the actual shape of the toe properly: it’s round. However, not all round toes are truly round or even the same. They will all vary in roundness and largely depending on the width of the shoe: a wider shoe will have a far rounder appearance. Conversely, a narrow shoe will have a very lengthened and almost cylindrical round toe. Because it is commonly available, a round toe can be found on the most casual of sneakers through to the most dressy of formal shoes.
The chisel toe is typically found on more formal shoes. It is more suitable for narrow feet as the sides taper towards the big toe and pinky toe, which creates a very snug fit and prevents the sliding that many narrow footed men experience in round toes. The top tends to slope inwards as well, which further helps promote the secure fit around the toes, but this isn’t a universal standard for a chisel toe shoe.
The pointed toe is most commonly found on retro-style cowboy boots. The slightly elongated toe means those with longer midtoes will find this fit more comfortable than other styles, but it is rarely found on boots and shoes today. It often features the same narrow shank as the chisel toe, which is meant to help stop abrasion and rubbing on a narrower foot.
What was popular a few decades ago has fallen out of style in recent years. It’s for good reason in many cases, too. The toe is very boxy and disrupts the taper of any well-assembled outfit. However, it is particularly beneficial for those with toe or forefoot issues, such as bunions. The added width and height will give much-needed space for men in these areas when a traditional shoe will pinch and rub severely. They are mostly found on work boots today.
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