What Is an Oblique Toe?

by Charlie Watkins

Oblique toe boots are characterized by their extra-wide toe area.

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An oblique toe does not refer to a type of toe, but rather the way certain work and hiking boots are styled. Oblique toe boots and shoes are common, and you can typically find them at the same price as regular boots.

Shape

An oblique toe can be identified on a boot as the elevated and wide portion that covers the big toe. Many people prefer the look of an oblique toe because they enjoy the rounded look of the boot, as opposed to the narrow, pointed look of traditional cowboy boots.

Practical Reasons

Oblique toe boots and shoes offer much more room for the big toe to move and breath in, and can prevent cramping or hammertoes: a condition that causes the toes to curl inward instead of naturally extending out.

Oblique Steel Toes

Oblique steel toe boots are boots that have a small steel barrier covering and encasing the tip of the boot, protecting the toe from punctures such as nails or sharp wood. This type of boot is often found on construction sites and among camping and outdoor enthusiasts.

Oblique Toe Alternatives

Sandals and flip flops offer toes plenty of extra room to move and breath, but do not protect the feet or toes from sharp objects. Various boot and sneaker combinations offer the wide range of toe mobility and comfort of boots, but the lightness and flexibility of sneakers. You can find these shoes at most sporting goods stores.

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About the Author

Charlie Watkins is a humorist and musician from Austin, Texas, currently living in Los Angeles. Since 2000, his writing has appeared in "Creative Loafing Savannah," "Savannah Connect" and a variety of other periodicals across the southern United States. He holds a B.A. in English writing from Saint Edward's University. His comedy can be heard on Itunes and seen on Comedy Central.