Sensors collected data on the pressure placed on the toes and feet in each shoe type. The results showed that each shoe put pressure on the forefoot, but in different places. Round-toed shoes exerted the least amount of pressure on the inside of the forefoot, while pointed shoes applied the least pressure to the outside of the forefoot (near the pinky toe). The results clearly indicate the shape of the toe box has significant impact on pressures on the foot.
Wearing a shoe for long periods of time that does not adequately support the foot can be detrimental to your foot and ankle health.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more people, women in particular, who have developed toe, arch or heel problems that can be directly associated with the type of footwear they choose if they are on their feet for long periods of time.
A recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, examined the effects of different shaped toe boxes on women’s feet. Twenty-seven women with no known foot problems walked in shoes with three different toe-box styles: round, square and pointed.