I’ve been using toe spreaders for several years, ever since I realized what damage conventional shoes, especially heels, had on my feet. Plus having mobile toes is very helpful in yoga! I even bring them to my pedicure appointments to avoid the disposable foam ones. I can’t think of anyone I know who wouldn’t benefit from toe spreaders!
Here are the ones I’ve tried throughout the years:
My first love! My first pair of toe spreaders were Yoga Toes. I’ve been buying them so long I still have a pair of the old style! These ones are big and bulky, better for sedentary activities like pedicures, baths, and sleeping. While the spread they create is beyond the natural splay of an unshod foot, I like the intense stretch and feel that doing the extreme opposite of what we subject our feet to in the extreme closure of a shoe is a good balance. Buy yours here!
These were my first walk-around pair. They came in a pretty wood box with two sizes. Not for when your toes spread enough that you need to upgrade, but for two sizes of foot. I ended up giving the larger pair to a friend since I had no use for it. I also have not yet found another use for the box. I misplaced this pair a few years ago so my experience with them isn’t fresh. What I remember is that they were easy to put on, move around in, and really helped widen my base in my yoga practice. Buy yours here!
Silicone Gel Toe Spreaders
My second walk around pair had more toe-shaped separators which make them feel very snug and secure. I loved these so much I gave them out at Christmas! But the reason I needed to order another pair for myself was because the loops around the big and little toes wore out. I used them daily while at home and perhaps they weren’t designed with that much use in mind. After my second pair wore out I replaced the loops with rubber bands. They worked as long as I didn’t make the loops too small, which I did. Definitely a project I need to revisit to bring them back to life. Buy yours here!
Which brings me to my latest pair, Correct Toes designed by Dr. Ray McClanahan. These spacers are designed with the anatomically correct shape of the foot and toes in mind. Made of a sturdier silicone than TFC’s, they do not have loops but rather slots for the user to attach their own. The most expensive of all my toe spreaders, it took some convincing before I made my purchase. But they feel much more durable and I love that it’s easy to add/replace the loops because that was my issue before.
If you have spent much of your life wearing conventional shoes, whether or not you have foot pain, I highly encourage you to find a pair of toe spreaders and begin wearing them on a regular basis. Starting with 15 minutes and adding time as they become more comfortable. Your feet will lengthen and strengthen as you create a more stable foundation for your daily frolics.
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