Solved: toes no longer smashing into shoe front!

aminadream

Rookie
No matter how tightly I do up my laces, my feet slide inside my shoe and I find myself frequently smashing my toes into the front of my shoe. I've tried different inserts, different shoes, different lacing patterns... to no avail.

But I think I've found a solid solution. I only tested it once, yesterday, and I plan to try it again in all my upcoming hits (especially with opponents who run me around like crazy). So I'll report back with more confidence on the solution soon. But here it is if anyone with bruised toes wants to try it:

Turn your socks inside out.

You'll need the types of socks that have the fuzzy inside (they can't be the super thin ones with the same interior as exterior). By turning them inside out, the fuzz provides more friction with the insole. It's sort of like velcro in a way, and it reduces how much your foot slides around. And because your foot is a little sweaty, it naturally also sticks to the now inner (formerly outer) part of the sock.

So if your foot sticks to the sock, and the sock sticks to the insole, voila! No more bruised toes!!
 
Runner's loop lacing,
2 pairs of socks,
shoes with softer/lower toe guards all help too.
As well as making sure you have the right size.
Barricades messed me up back in the day. Toe material like a brick wall!!! Good luck!
 
What does this mean?
Most tennis shoes have extra sole material in the front to help durability for toe dragging. However, i have found some shoez have too much material or it goes up too high that if my feet slide foreward, my toes smash into the toe guard hard material and bruise. Barricades have a thick hard toe guard while Speed oriented lighter shoes like vapors and Jet Tere and Ubersonics (for example) have less material up front.
 

aminadream

Rookie
Ah gotcha. My issue is that my feet go numb with 2 socks or if laced tightly (even with different lacing patterns), so I'm forced to keep some room in my shoes. Obvious downsides to that!
 

RyanRF

Professional
Over the years I've just gotten used to the pain, haha.

Thanks for the tip. Will try it out.
 

jim e

Legend
Over the years I've just gotten used to the pain, haha.

Thanks for the tip. Will try it out.
Rather than getting used to that, why not just switch to a different shoe that fits better? I had toe jam with some, and none with others. That is why I stick with 2 same brands that fit great.
 

aminadream

Rookie
Rather than getting used to that, why not just switch to a different shoe that fits better? I had toe jam with some, and none with others. That is why I stick with 2 same brands that fit great.
I won't answer for @RyanRF, but I know that for myself, I've tried so many shoe brands and had this issue with all of them. I'm sure there's a brand out there I haven't tried that could work better, but it's also difficult to try so many when it's often impossible to do a return once the shoe has been worn (some brands are better with this than others). $$$ adds up.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I have had the same issue for a career. I have found that the laces the highest up actually do the most for keeping my feet from sliding forward as much. So I make it a point to tighten them quite good and it definitely helps.
 

FloridaAG

Professional
Not directly on topic but having suffered through non ideal fottong shoes for a couple years, I can now say it is worth it to hunt for the best fit possible. My feet, back and joints are so much happier now that I have found a better fit
 

socallefty

Legend
I wear thick padded socks like Thorlos to prevent toe-jamming. You just need to make sure you buy a shoe in a size where it fits well and your feet are not too cramped with thick socks. The shoe size that fits well can vary widely between different shoe models of the same brand.
 

Peedub

New User
I have tried Nike 'Grip' socks, lacing a bit tighter, 2 pairs of socks, but in the end going up half a size UK (or one size EU) has eliminiated this problem for me.
 

mctennis

Legend
Thorlos are too slick on my feet. It makes my foot actually slide inside the sock. I used to like to use Thorlos but I had to get rid of them all because of my foot slipping like that.
 
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