Thursday, November 7, 2019

8 Shapes Of Feet

Illustration: Library of Congress
Thanks to what pops up on my Facebook feed, I now know what the shape of my foot is called. I have Egyptian shaped feet, the 1st illustration below.

According to science, it means absolutely nothing. Despite the names given to each foot shape, there is no correlation between how your toes align on your feet and your ancestry, or personality traits, therefore I won't bother expounding on them. In fact, people of all ethnic groups, nationalities and personalities have each type of feet. So all we really know is what the name of our own shape of feet is. And it's all in good fun. 

Here are 8 types of feet people throughout the world have:
Using this above illustration going in order: 

1) Egyptian - The toes are tapered going from the longest big toe down to the little toe.

2) Roman -  The 2nd and 3rd toes are longer in length than the big toe. It is the most common of all the foot shapes.

3) Greek - The 2nd toe is the longest toe. The ancient Greeks found this foot shape to be aesthetically appealing and incorporated it into paintings and sculptures. Later artists followed suit. Michelangelo's David and the Statue of Liberty have Greek (also called Morton's) toes.
4) German - The big toe is the longest, followed by toes nearly the same length.

5) Oriental - Looks like the dark foot on the right. The toes are very slightly tapered, more rounded then an Egyptian foot. 

6) Celtic - The foot with a tattoo.

7) Peasant - Also called Giselle, all the toes are nearly the same length.

8) A Very Short Little Toe
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As mentioned, a majority of people have Roman  shaped feet, and because the 2nd and 3rd toes are about the same length, it's thought to be good for balance and may give athletes an advantage in sports. I think after a lifetime of practice all 8 foot shapes work well for balancing a body as people are so adaptable.
Peasant shape feet
In my research I also learned that some people can wiggle their little toes while others can't, but must use a finger to move them. It turns out I can move my little toes unassisted. Now what can I use my newly found talent to accomplish?πŸ™‚

Have you figured out the shape of your feet yet? Oh, get wild and crazy ... also see if you can wiggle your little toes. We'll start a movement!😊

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  1. Dearest Debbie,
    Are those Peasant shape feet in the last photo actually yours?
    My Pieter has one Roman foot and one Greek and I have Egyptian feet...
    It is very interesting to study this!

    1. No, the peasant feet are not mine. As I said in the 1st paragraph of the blog, I have Egyptian shaped feet (like both of my parents as it turns out). Actually I once posted a photo of my feet when reviewing sandals: ( but I only post photos of me when absolutely necessary. Better that we learn stuff. Personal photos would get boring fast, trust me :)

    2. You get used to whatever shape feet you have, but I can't imagine a middle toe hitting the front of the toe box of a shoe instead of the big toe -- I aways measure correct shoe size by where my big toe sits in a shoe. As a child my mother always pinched the toe box to make sure my big toe (as opposed to the middle toes) had enough room when buying shoes.

  2. Oh, this is fun Debbie. Like you, I have Egyptian feet, no doubt about it. Never knew that! And, yes, I also buy shoes exactly the same way, big toe is the decision maker.

    1. Ha, ha! I like the way you word it! My smile for the day.

  3. Mine came up Greek. Must explain my predilection for dark tans!

    1. I've been to Greece. Greeks are not dark skinned. Often dark haired, and yet not always, but light skinned.