I understand what you are saying. Because of the last and shape of the shoe my toes do come closer to the end of the shoe than on say my strands. To me the patriots are more like a slipper (which essentially they are) and not like other shoes that I own. I find that i've been wearing my patriots more than anything else. To me they are the perfect summer shoe. I bought some loafer (invisible) socks and i've been wearing the patriots that way with many outfits.