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Shoe toe designs

By freak accident I finally figured out why the toes of womens shoes are so shallow. Ok I will begin by explaining what I mean by “toes of womens shoes”. In a closed shoe, this is the portion which covers your toes and a little more. Usually however, it is difficult to find this covering extend to more than the length of your toe. In mens shoes they still extend to mid foot, but in womens for some reason, they leave the toes visible, I mean, if my toes re visible, I wonder how much of others’ would be (I think my toes are shorter than they should have been. My only physical flaw…almost). However, as I sat down and by a freak chance (not so freak) put the ball of my foot on the chair support and the toe on the floor, I realize the benefits.

For one, a shoe that covers exactly upto your toes from front does not risk that unsightly crease caused by walking/ folding of the shoe at that point due to many reasons (including but not limited to walking).

As to why you notice this phenomenon in ladies’ shoes? Here are some hypotheses, somewhat exhaustive but not limited to these, and of course, mutually ‘addable’: (they are in no particular order)

a)      to avoid an unsightly crease

a.       this is all the more important since womens shoes usually have some (superfluous) decoration on top, and would get removed with a crease

b)      to show of women’s skin/ pretty foot (they don’t count on u wearing thick socks) – does foot count?

c)       Women usually wear heels, thus the probability of a crease forming immediately is high – this ensures they wont buy that brand/ from that shop again. Why stock?!

d)     Perhaps… perhaps given an impression of longer toes?

Whatever it is, it is somewhat uncomfortable to slip ur foot into a shoe and discover ur as good as wearing one slab of sole covering your heel and out reaches of your toe nails, with heels. Darn uncomfortable. So, this basically makes buying shoes more difficult. As if it wasn’t a difficult task already!

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10th May, 2007 19:15 (UTC)
Quite exhaustive!
When I saw the title, I read it first as 'Show too designs'!!

I gotta agree with (d)...maybe there's some cultural association with long toes being prettier?
11th May, 2007 05:01 (UTC)
Re: Wow..
perhaps. by the way d u usually see my page on frnds list? or do u come to the site? howdu like the new design? i cant add and shift the frames on left in this style :(
11th May, 2007 05:11 (UTC)
Re: Wow..
I usually see it in Google Reader-of course I have to come to your page to comment! :)
Damn LJ, why can't they support embedded scripts and stuff? I found a snippet that adds Last.fm latest song info to the sidebar..but it doesn't work with LJ
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