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T1W-Taper (Wide Egyptian) Toe Line

Diagram of a T1W-Taper toe line with an extra wide forefoot

A T1W-taper has two elements: the shape of the toe line and the width of the forefoot.

The toe line is characterized by a big toe that is longer than all the rest, with each toe shorter in sequence.

The forefoot is characterized by projections that protrude significantly outside of the maximum width of the toe line. This can be the result either of a naturally wide forefoot or injuries, such as bunions.

Men with this foot shape will not fit standard-width men’s court shoes. Ladies with this foot shape will not fit standard-width ladies court shoes. In general, men of this shape will need extra wide shoes, while ladies will need either standard unisex or wide men’s shoes.

As this shape is difficult to fit for most athletes, we recommend booking an appointment for a shoe fitting with an expert rather than buying online.

Best Shoes for T1W (Wide Egyptian) Toe Lines

A T1-taper is the easiest toe line to fit. In the case of a T1W-taper (Wide Egyptian), however, the width of the forefoot is an issue. For this particular shape, we generally advise going to a T3W-taper because this is the only shape wide enough to accommodate the width of a T1W-taper forefoot.

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Intro to Shoe Fittings

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

  • Option 1 – General shoe fittings
  • Option 2 – Specific shoe fittings

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.

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Help! My Feet are Blistering

For a shoe fitting expert, information about blistering is excellent because it sends a clear signal about what is wrong with the fit of the shoe.

Unfortunately, this awesome information is often tied to equally bad information firmly planted it the customer’s mind about what is causing the blistering. When this happens, it can make it a difficult issue to correct.

Here is the truth about blistering.

Where your feet are blistering will usually indicate what is causing the blisters.

Blistering on the heel, for example, is caused by shoes that are too short. Court shoes that are the correct length will be loose enough in the back not to cause blistering on the heel.

Blistering on the outside of the foot or the side of either the big toe or the little toe is usually caused by shoes that are too narrow.

If blistering in these places is also accompanied by bruised or blackened toenails, then the shoe is to short as well as too narrow.

Blistering on the sole of the foot can be caused by shoes that are too big, but it is most often caused by damp cotton.

Wet skin is weak skin. Weak skin tears. So if you developed a large blister on your forefoot that splits open late in a match, the first thing you should check is your socks.

Wet socks weaken your skin and make it susceptible to tearing.

Either buy some polyester socks or change your cotton socks frequently during your match. Keeping your feet dry is the first step in avoiding skin tears.

We strongly recommend that players with friction issues carry a tube of Body Glide and a tube of Anbesol. The glide can be applied to areas of known friction. The Anbesol can take the sting out of blisters that are starting to develop.

Yonex Men’s Badminton Shoes

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