A Shoe Shape Guide

April 8th, 2013


Ever since we wrote about avoiding square-toed and overly-pointy shoes (because they look unnatural and are the most obvious signs of cheaply-made, mass-produced footwear) we’ve received many questions about what shape(s) to look for.

Everyone’s feet are shaped differently, but none are square or pointy. The most flattering and comfortable last (the mechanical form used to mold the shape of the shoe) follows the natural lines of the foot.

As with almost any other shape/silhouette in menswear, the most refined is usually the one that properly contours the natural shape of the body, accentuating its “assets” and masking its “liabilities” (more on this in future posts).

That said, with the help of our friend Bill White, founder of Scarpe di Bianco, we put together this guide of shapes you should be wearing, as opposed to shapes you should not be wearing.

Shoe Shape Guide


Next time you think this is a small detail that goes unnoticed, bring a lady friend shopping and ask her which shape she prefers :)


Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,


  • Hans Servando

    Only vibrant fivefingers looks natural XD

  • http://buism.com/shoes_files/image003.png Bent Pedersen

    You must be kidding. No shoe seen here is shaped like a foot!
    They are all shapes you should not be wearing.
    Look at the picture.

  • Tjay

    Those curved, pointy-toed shoes make me cringe every time I see them.

  • http://mytakeradio.com Rich

    I made that rule once you guys put me on to it. I have banished most of my offending shoes lol