Why Aren't Shoes Shaped like Feet?


I was doing some research lately on why shoes aren't the same shape as feet. All right, I just type the question into Google and read the first bunch of pages that came up, but I'm still going to call it research. In any case, this is a question that has been bugging me off and on for perhaps a decade now.

Some things that came up: So in the end, I now have a new question: Why aren't men's shoes shaped like feet? Unfortunately, Google doesn't know the answer to this one.


I got the following useful response:
Men's shoes are also influenced by fashion, though maybe the goal is something like "professional" rather than "sexy". I think this is related to why most shoes have laces instead of more convenient velcro or elastics.

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