The question: does your big toe stick furthest fowards, or your second (or even third) toe? The reason: almost all shoes are shaped at the front so the longest part of the footbed lines up with the second or third toe. But a quick check of mine and a few friends' feet shows that in most cases, the big toe sticks furthest forward, with the other toes then sloping down towards the little toe. In most cases this wouldn't matter a great deal (except in extreme cases where the big toe is actually cramped towards the point and deforms as a result), but you'd think that running shoes would be shaped to follow function rather than fashion. But they all seem to have the same flaw, and in my case this means the inboard edge of my big toe rubs against the shoe, even though they're meant to be plenty big enough. So, are my friends and I freaks? Is the most common shape of the foot with the second toe protruding beyond the big toe? I demand answers!