What Is Toe Spring?

Flux Adapt Running Shoes with anatomic toe box

Toe spring is when the front of the shoe, where the toes sit, curves upward. If this is rigid, then it perpetually forces the toes upward and can lead to an imbalance in the foot (overstretched plantar fascia, shortened extensors). Over time this can lead to foot pain and dysfunction. That’s why barefoot shoes have no rigid toe spring and are completely flat.

Note that the problem is when the toe spring is rigid. Many barefoot shoes get “acquired toe spring” after they’ve been worn. As long as the shoe flattens out when you stand in it, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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4 thoughts on “What Is Toe Spring?”

  1. I noticed the Angles shoes in your shop look like they have a toe spring. Is this okay/ will it flatten out?

  2. My big toe has a natural curve upward, and I have fairly curve nailbeds. I have a problem finding shoes that will accommodate this. Most flat shows feel like they are smooshing my big toe. Do you have suggestions for brands or styles that accommodate this. I love the brand Cushe (sadly no longer in business ) One of their styles fits me really well. I do keep an eye on reselling platforms and snag my size when they show up, however eventually I am going to run out of luck. Years ago for work I purchased some Sketchers Oxfords (Parties Mate-style) that had the curve upwards in the sole and toe box . Any suggestions are appreciated.

    1. Hi Heather! There are brands with more volume over the toes than others. A few to look into are Magical Shoes, Tadeevo, Whitin on Amazon, and Wildling is pretty good too.

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