Shoes wearing out in an odd place

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  1. topcatny

    topcatny Senior member

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    All of my shoes develop a spot that wears out on the inside of the shoe right above my big toe. The spot is about the size of a quarter and wears through the lining. It happens on both the right and left shoe. I usually don't notice, but occasionally I can feel the hole with my toe.

    Does anyone know why this happens?
     
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    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    No being a smart ass, but it sounds honestly like lazy feet....you may drag your toes and not realize it, that is the norm, you might want to see a pod.
     
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    topcatny Senior member

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    I thought of this actually, but if that were the case wouldn't there be wear on the outside of the shoe as well? The toes of all my shoes are in very good shape.
     
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    kabert Senior member

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    It sounds to me as though you need to strengthen your toe muscles. Next time you go to the gym, look out for the buffest of the buff personal trainers and him or her if you could make an appointment that focuses on toe muscle strength. It may take several work-outs though, over a month or two, before you start to notice a difference in toe strength and toe agility and control.

    Don't overdo it though, as you don't want the muscles to bulge out so you become a EEE-width dork.
     
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    you are a very funny mofo....really

    It could be that an Inside Dutchman toe tip would help, it would build the inside edge up just a bit, and in turn roll the toe outward just a little...as to the Q, not ness, it could be that you have a slight "drawl" in your step, almost like talking to me when you guys call, everybody says damn you have a southern drawl, well not really I am just slow, and maybe that is kinda what your step is like, not really a drag on the toe, but just a slight drawl that scrapes the toe as you plant. Just a theory, as I am not a docker.
     
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    JLibourel Senior member

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    I've experienced similar wear patterns with some of my shoes. I always figured it was just that I was lax about trimming my toenails. I note that since I have taken to wearing better-quality shoes (mostly AEs), I haven't been experiencing it, but it may also be because I am rotating my shoes a lot more, having become much more of a "shoeaholic" in the past couple of years.
     
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    Tom Senior member

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    You may have abnormal biomechanics in your feet. Dorsiflexion of the big toe is not an uncommon foot complaint, and can be corrected with simple manipulation. Check out a local podiatrist or chiropractor that specializes in extremities. It'll make your knees and back feel good too. -Dr. Tom [​IMG]
     
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    topcatny Senior member

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    I will look into that Tom. Not sure what dorsiflexion of the big toe means......but I can always ask.
     
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    Your bigtoe points towards the sky when you walk (flexion).  Plantar flexion is the converse of dorsiflexion (extension).

    EDIT: I've experienced similar problems with an old pair of Kenneth Coles I wore in highschool/fr yr of college. It might be due to the shape of the toe box. I've noticed this wear pattern on split-toe bluchers, but never on captoes.
     

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