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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.

Diagram of a T1W-Taper toe line with an extra wide forefoot
Diagram of a T1W-Taper toe line with an extra wide 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 a shoe fitting appointment with an expert rather than buying online.

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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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Morton’s Toe

A Morton’s Toe toe line is characterized by a second toe that is longer than the big toe next to it. It is sometimes also referred to as a Greek toe line.

Diagram of a Morton's Toe toe line
Morton’s Toe or Greek toe line.

This shape can be difficult to fit for people buying court shoes. We recommend booking a shoe fitting appointment with an expert who is aware of the problems commonly encountered with Morton’s toes.

In shoe fittings for players with Morton’s Toes, our experts check the length of the shoe against the longest toe — not the big toe as is usually done.

Improperly fitting players with this foot shape can cause damage to the second toe. It can also lead to the development of hammer toe and/or arthritis in the joint of the second toe.