Wide Toe Box Shoe Reviews

On an ongoing basis we review shoes that align with our mission and values in an effort to guide our customers to the best Correct Toes compatible footwear that is available. We judge the shoes based on how wide their toe box is, how flat the footbed is, the amount that the shoe is allowed to flex with your foot as you step, and the ability to sense the ground through the sole.

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Unisex Feelgrounds I Chelsea | Correct Toes Approved

Our favorite pairs of natural footwear this winter are the Chelsea Boots from Feelgrounds. They have a wide, anatomically-shaped toe box that should comfortably fit Correct Toes for most people. The stack height is10 mm with a completely flat sole — no heel elevation or toe spring. These boots are moderately flexible overall but very flexible for a boot and have no arch support, which helps to allow for a more natural foot motion and posture.

The grippy tread on Feelgrounds Chelsea Boots is great for urban environments. The elastic ankle piece and convenient finger loop at the heel allow you to slip on the barefoot boots effortlessly without compromising style. With their velvety microfiber lining and soft, water-resistant vegan leather, the Feelgrounds Chelsea boots are your high-quality minimalist boots for every day.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

7

Proprioception

8.5

Total Score

91/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

7

Proprioception

8.5

Total Score

91/10

Primal pursuit

Men’s Lems I Primal Pursuit Mid | Correct Toes Approved

Like the Primal Pursuit, the mid-top version is built on Lems “Wide” Natural Shape Last’, which isn’t their “Widest” last but should still fit Correct Toes for most people. They’re zero-drop, so they have no heel elevation; however, they do have a slight toe spring. The 14 mm outsole comes with a 4.5 mm moisture-wicking cushioned insole. The relatively thicker outsole and structured nature of the mid-top upper limit mobility and flexibility are noticeably compared to other barefoot shoes. Similarly, proprioceptive abilities are diminished by the thickness of the sole and cushion, but that can be helpful on rugged terrain.

The structured nature of the shoe makes it very accessible to people who might be used to more supportive footwear and are in the beginning stages of strengthening their feet. For those who are used to more minimal footwear, this shoe will feel protective but possibly restrictive.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

4

Proprioception

7

Total Score

8/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

4

Proprioception

7

Total Score

8/10

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Men’s Altra I Mont Blanc BOA | Correct Toes Approved

The Mont Blanc BOA from Altra is a lightweight long-distance trail running shoe with a dual-dial BOA Fit System that allows for a truly personalized fit. Built on the Altra “Standard Fit” last, the Mont Blanc BOA provides plenty of room for toe splay during your run. These trail runners are zero-drop, so there’s no heel elevation, but they do have a toe spring in the front. The stack height sits at about 30 mm with plenty of cushioning, so you won’t feel any rocks, sticks, bumps, or cracks in the ground —however, the shoe gives a lot of reaction and a nice pop to your run.

The upper is thin and light, complete with a BOA lacing system that allows you to quickly dial in a perfect fit. You can snug them up for downhill running, then quickly release them for a looser fit on the flats. What stands out most about this shoe is its lightweight and the customized fit capabilities (BOA Fit System) combined into such a technical shoe.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

2

Total Score

6.4/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

2

Total Score

6.4/10

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Unisex Wildling I Zora | Correct Toes Approved

The Zora from Wildling is a terrific all-around casual shoe. The anatomical toe box should fit Correct Toes for most people but might be a little snug for others. Like all Wildlings, the sole is completely flat and incredibly flexible. There’s no heel elevation, toe spring, or extra built-in support features like a raised arch or rigid heel counter. The 3.5 mm thickness outsole is considerably minimal, providing the wearer with a free and barefoot-like feel and function.

The densely-woven mid-cut burgundy upper is also very flexible yet retains excellent water-repelling ability.
Purchasing the Zora from Wildling comes with another thoughtful bonus! Wildling Shoes and Rewilding Europe are supporting the regeneration of biodiversity by generously directing a portion of earnings to flow directly into the joint project in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

10

Proprioception

10

Total Score

10/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

10

Proprioception

10

Total Score

10/10

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Men’s Lems I Outlander | Correct Toes Approved

An excellent addition to Lems catalog, the Outlander is Lems first true all-season boot with a fully waterproof upper. The Outlander also features Lems new sticky rubber outsole that utilizes 4 mm deep lugs and zig-zag grooves to provide ample traction in rain, snow, and mud. As with most Lems, the toe shape is wide and should fit Correct Toes for many people The heel-to-toe drop is 2 mm, and there Is a slight toe spring. The stack height is16 mm, which is pretty sturdy and relatively limiting of proprioception.

The Lems Outlander is one of the more supportive shoes you can find that still allows for a mostly healthy foot posture thanks to its wide toe box. The low drop, moderately thick outsole, and structured nature of the upper make this shoe very accessible for people used to wearing more supportive shoes. However, the Outlander might seem a little stiff and bulky if you’re used to more minimal and flexible shoes.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

6.5

Total Score

7.3/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

6.5

Total Score

7.3/10

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Men’s Lems I Primal Zen | Correct Toes Approved

If you love the Primal 2 you will love the Primal Zen These sneakers are built on Lems “Original” last (their widest) and are actually wider than the Primal 2. The wide toe box allows toes to splay, and Correct Toes should fit nicely inside for most people. Like its predecessor, the Primal Zen is zero-drop (no heel elevation) with a slight (yet flexible) rounding of the toe. This shoe is also flexible in all directions and doesn’t feature any extra “motion control” or ‘support” features, which allows the foot to move more naturally.

The Primal Zen has a 2 mm thicker outsole that isll mm thick overall (plus an additional 3 mm removable insole) The thicker sole provides a little more structure and stability to the bottom of the shoe, making it an excellent transition shoe. Anyone thinking about trying out and transitioning to more natural footwear would do well to start with the Primal Zen.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

9

Proprioception

8

Total Score

9/2/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

9

Proprioception

8

Total Score

9/2/10

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