Taking off your shoes in front of new people is… a lot.
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Because sometimes (often), people point out that your second toe is much longer than your big toe.
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OH REALLY? Never noticed. Never noticed at all.
It may take a little while for people to realize, but once they do, they’re all “OMG YOUR TOES!”
It’s technically called a “Morton’s Toe,” which makes it sound way cooler and more interesting — like it’s some rare royal trait that makes you related to Will and Kate — but usually people just call it “finger toe” or something.
You can feel people staring at it.
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You might have an irrational fear of sandals.
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Because your feet look like a 3D Picasso painting after boot season.
Heels can cause major anxiety, too.
But nothing infuriates you more than peep toes.
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Toe don’t do it… oh my god.
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You tell ‘em!
Finding stylish shoes that fit in general is a STRUGGLE.
So you often settle, shove that long second toe into whatever will do, and end up walking like this:
Ow, ow, ow.
Until you take off those toe-scrunching shoes at the end of the day.
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And find a tiny horror scene.
You’re probably used to your long second toe being blistered and bruised.
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Also, hammertoe is the absolute worst.
It can happen to anyone, but you’re more at risk if you have a long second toe. Mayo Clinic defines hammertoe as “an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe, most likely to occur in the toe next to your big toe.” The foot deformity occurs “most often in women who wear high heels or shoes with a narrow toe box, [as] these types of footwear may force your toes against the front of the shoe, causing an unnatural bending.”
So you can get hammertoe if your shoes are really killing your toes, but this is more common with a Morton’s toe because it extends longer than that of the average foot, and most shoes are made to fit the average foot.
It’s usually relieved with some good massaging, toe-stretching, and properly-fitting shoes with room for your toes to move. However, in more severe cases it can require special treatment from a podiatrist or even surgery.
Even if you see a podiatrist, you probably ignore their footwear suggestions.
Eff those sneakers, you’re tryna look CUTE!
You’ve accepted that your toes kind of look like knuckles…or a child’s fingers.
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There’s no stoppin’ that second toe. It will hang off the edge of that sandal if it wants to.
Pedicures can be your best friend…
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Pedicures and foot massages can help stretch out those toe muscles and reduce pain. Not to mention, your ~unique~ toes will look super cute.
…But they can also be your mortal enemy.
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Pedicurists’ reactions can vary from shocked gasps and scolding your footwear habits, to uneasy laughing, and of course just “IDGAF lemme handle this.”
…But you know they’re making fun of it. IT’S TOE-SHAMING.
And orthotic inserts are the best friends you’re embarrassed to have.
They might get smelly and make those new blush patent leather flats look incredibly awkward, but who can say no to walking on a cloud? Inserts can help to reposition your toe to relieve pressure and pain in your entire foot.
Birkenstocks have you like “Yas!”
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SO in right now. SO comfortable in the toe area.
Tevas? Throw your feet in the air like you just don’t care!
Boats ‘n toes!
You feel a sense of camaraderie with long-toed celebrities.
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You go, Uma!
And even though people might find your toe strange, you know it only makes you special.
Embrace it, love it, werk it.
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You do you, Lady Liberty!
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Rock those toe rings like it’s 2004!
Werk that long second toe!