Footwear with pointy toe boxes come in a range of shapes and styles. Some have very long toe boxes, accentuating their pointy integrity, while others are shorter with a more subtle effect that does less to elongate the foot. Almond toes are a less severe pointy toe with an even shorter toe box.
Pointy toe shoes can be flat and heeled, and vary from casual to very dressy. The collection below captures the variety.
Like many things, pointy toe shoes have their good and bad attributes. These lists are not exhaustive, so by all means add to them in the comments section below.
- Dressy and sharp visual appearance
- Refined and dainty
- Elongates the foot and lengthens the leg line
- Looks effective peeking out from long length wide hemmed bottoms like bootcuts and flares that graze the surface of the ground
- A natural fit for narrow, low volume, pointy feet
- Can cause bunions when toes are crammed
- Can be uncomfortable and feel restrictive
- Might be too dainty for your sartorial preferences
- Visually too dressy and severe
- Makes the foot look extra long
The most comfortable, healthy shoes are the ones that follow the shape of our feet. Personally, I find pointy toe footwear comfortable because they are a natural fit for my narrow, low volume, pointy feet. I don’t mind that that they make my feet look longer. And their refined integrity suits my sartorial preferences. That said, I am wearing and buying them less frequently because I prefer a slim oval toe-box, or narrow snip-toe, a lot more these days. Along with sleek fashion sneakers, I find those even more comfortable and equally refined.
Here are examples from my footwear capsule.
Over to you. Do you like and wear pointy toe footwear?