Feet are funny, aren’t they? You know what’s funnier? The way that shoe manufacturers make shoes for feet that don’t exist.
Most shoes seem to want you to shove a round peg in a square hole. Feet are naturally larger at the toes and get more narrow toward the heel.
That would mean the logical way to manufacture a shoe would be to make a wide toe box shoe that gradually gets more narrow at the heel, but, as most women will attest, most of our shoes are narrow at the toe box and wider toward the heel.
Is it any wonder our feet hurt us at the end of the day?
We are wearing the wrong shoes!
Compounding this problem is that many of us suffer from bunions, hammer toes, flat feet, and all other manner of feet issues.
This certainly makes keeping your feet happy if you enjoy using them to walk and hike as much as I do.
For years, I thought the pain I suffered at the end of the day was due to the normal wear and tear on my feet, but I now know that it is because I was wearing the wrong shoes.
I now know that as a bunion sufferer, I have to have wide toe box shoes.
If you suffer from bunions or other issues with your feet that cause them to be wide in the toe box, but narrow everywhere else, you need wide toe box shoes as well.
Best Wide Toe Box Shoes For Bunions
It can be so frustrating dealing with bunions and wide feet when trying to find the perfect shoe. I remember struggling to find the best dressy shoe to wear on a cruise and feeling like the only woman in the world who couldn’t wear cute pumps with my cocktail dress.
I am always on the lookout for a better sandal, dress shoe, or hiking boot to accommodate my wide toe box needs, but here are a few resources I’ve already put together of my favorite wide toe box shoes.
- Best Wide Toe Box Shoes For Hiking
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- Best Sandals For Bunions and Wide Feet
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It really is hard to understand why shoe manufacturers make shoes the way they do when no one’s feet are shaped that way. Even if you don’t suffer from bunions, your foot was not made to be shoved into a tiny box that is smaller at the front and larger at the back. All feet are naturally wider at the top of the shoe known as the toe box and more narrow toward the heel. Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes says,
“Most shoes squeeze your toes, restrict your motion, insulate you from the ground, affect your posture, and mute the signals that your brain wants to hear. Wearing most shoes, you may as well try to play tennis in a body cast.
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