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T3W-Taper Wide Roman Toe Line

Diagram illustrating a T3-Taper (Wide Roman) Toe Line

A T3W-taper, sometimes called a Wide Roman toe line, is characterized by the first three toes being of approximately the same length after which the the toe line begins to taper down to the little toe. In extreme cases, the top of the little toe will line up below the base of the large toe on the other side of the foot.

Diagram illustrating a T3W-Taper (Wide Roman) Toe Line
T3W-Taper (Wide Roman) Toe Line

Although this is a relatively common foot shape in the athletes who visit our southwest Calgary store, there are surprisingly few options for this foot shape. Generally speaking, we will only have a few options available in sizes US Men 7 through 11.5.

Because this shape is so hard to fit for court shoes, players with this shape often suffer from blisters, chaffing, black toenails, toe pain, and general foot pain. In the worst cases, these players also develop Morton’s neuromas and/or arthritis in their feet.

As this foot shape is highly subject to damage from the majority of court shoes on the market today, we strongly recommend that these players book a shoe fitting appointment to get assistance from our experts.

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T2-Taper – Roman Toe Line

Diagram of a T2-Taper Roman Toe Line

A T2-taper, sometimes called a Roman toe line, is characterized by the first two toes being of approximately the same length after which the the toe line begins to taper down to the little toe.

Diagram of a T2-Taper Roman Toe Line
T2-Taper Roman Toe Line with standard width forefoot

This shape, paired with a standard width forefoot, is most common in male athletes under 30 years old. In older athletes, this shape is most commonly paired with a wide forefoot.

In ladies, this shape is uncommon, but not rare. When it occurs in ladies’ feet, it is most often paired with a wide forefoot, which can make it difficult to find for players in sizes US Ladies 6, 6.5 and 7.

Players who have this toe line paired with a standard-width forefoot should not have trouble finding court shoes that fit. This shape and the T1-Taper are generally favored by shoe designers which means that most court shoes on the market are designed to fit this shape well.

Players who have this toe line paired with a wide forefoot will may have trouble finding court shoes that fit. Therefore we recommend booking a shoe fitting appointment with an expert who will help them find something that works for their foot shape and the sport they are playing.

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T1-Taper – Egyptian Toe Line

Diagram of a T1-Taper Egyptian toe line with a standard-width forefoot

A T1-Taper is characterized by a big toe that is longer than all the rest, with each toe shorter in sequence.

T1-Taper toe lines, sometimes called Egyptian toe lines, are most commonly found paired with standard width forefeet on athletes under 30 years old. Players over 30 with T1-Taper toe lines often have wide forefeet. This shape is also common in ladies but uncommon in men.

Diagram of an Egyptian toe line
T1 Egyptian toe line with a standard width forefoot

A T1-Taper toe line paired with a standard width forefoot is relatively easy to fit into most court shoes because this is the shape that most court shoe designers have in mind when they design their shoes.

A T1-Taper paired with a wide forefoot also tends to work well with genuinely wide court shoes. Again, this is because most court shoes are designed with the ideal of an Egyptian foot shape in mind.

As most court shoes are designed with the T1-Taper-standard-width configuration in mind, these players will not generally have difficulties finding court shoes that fit. For T1-Taper players who have wide feet, we strongly recommend booking an appointment for an in-person shoe fitting. Our experts are accustomed to working with this shape and our store specializes in inventory for players with wide feet.

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Intro to Shoe Fittings

Our pro shop offers two different kinds of shoe fitting services.

  • Option 1 – General shoe fittings (appointment required)
  • Option 1 – Specific shoe fittings (order required)

If you are looking for shoes that fit and are suitable for the sport you are playing, you probably want Option 1 — a general shoe fitting.

If you are looking for a specific color or model or brand, then you want Option 2 — a specific shoe fitting.

Most people aren’t very picky. They just want a shoe that fits properly, is of good quality, and will work for the sport they are playing. For these people, Option 1 (a general shoe fitting) is the best option.

Other people are very picky. They are only interested in looking at one specific model, one specific color, or one specific brand. For these people, we offer a different service called SPECIFIC SHOE FITTINGS.

In order to avoid wasting customers’ time, we need to know which service they are seeking before we book an appointment for a shoe fitting.

Obviously, we don’t want to book an appointment for a customer who wants ONLY a black shoe, if the store may not have a black shoe in stock when they get there.

General Shoe Fittings

When a customer books an appointment for a general shoe fitting, the customer sits on a fitting bench. An expert fits them to determine the length, width, and shape of their foot. Once that is determined, the expert shows them everything in stock at that moment that will fit them. The customer is able to see every model and every color in stock at that moment. The customer then picks something from what is available.

Specific Shoe Fittings

Specific shoe fittings are different. They cannot operate like a general shoe fitting because our pro shop cannot possibly have every model available in every color and every size at all times.

Customers who want to try on only specific shoes, colors, or models can do that, but there has to be a different fitting process for them.

Since everything in the pro shop is sold on a first come first serve basis, we cannot predict that any specific model, brand, or color will be in stock at some future point in time. The shop might have four of Model X in Color Y on Monday and be sold out of it the next day. Therefore we do not book general shoe fitting appointments for customers who are ONLY interested in trying on Model X in Color Y.

For these customers, we have a different fitting process — called a SPECIFIC SHOE FITTING — that guarantees that the shoe they want to try on is in the store at the time of their appointment.

Here is how it works:

Step 1 – Find the shoe on our website.
Step 2 – Order it.
Step 3 – Watch your email for notification that it has arrived in the shop.
Step 4 – Come into the shop and try it on.

If it fits, you can take it home. If it doesn’t, our staff will return it to the warehouse and your order will be refunded.

This process ensures that customers who only want to try on specific models or colors get exactly what they want without wasting their time in a general shoe fitting.

Please be Clear

If you are a customer who is only interested in something specific, please make that clear to us when you request your shoe fitting appointment. We do not wish to waste your time with a general shoe fitting if that is not what you want.

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Laser Engrave Your Shoes

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Laser engraving your court shoes is one way to protect your property.

If you’ve ever had a racquet bag stolen from your car, you know how frustrating it is.

If you’re a parent, you know how frustrating it can be when somebody steals your kid’s brand new shoes.

In both of these instances, laser engraving can lead to a happy ending.

Laser engraving marks your property in a very inconspicuous way. In most cases, the thieves don’t even notice that it is marked.

But you know. So you can easily identify what is yours. which means that you have an opportunity to recover your property.

Racquet Network offers free laser engraving on many premium products including shoes and racquets.

Shoes are engraved on a back outer face so that the engraving can be seen from behind.

So if a player from your school or club swipes your shoes, they are easy to spot, identify, and recover.

Racquets, meanwhile, are engraved on their shafts making identification simple for players and racquet stringers.

By laser engraving racquets, shoes, bags and other items, we make it easy for police monitoring Kijiji and crooked pawn shops to tie car prowlers to specific crimes and lay charges.

We also make it possible to return property to its owners once it’s recovered.

All you have to do is file a police report telling police how your property is marked.