I notice there’s a lot of strong opinions whenever someone brings up square toed boots. People either seem to think they’re alright or the douchiest, worst thing ever.
I see some regionalism to this too. Southerners tend to hate the square toe, while people out West tend not to. (This is just my informal observation.) Personally, I don’t mind it. I have a couple of pairs of square toed boots and they’re comfortable. I can’t hook my foot under a door stop with square toed boots but I don’t do that much anyway. There’s a good point about narrower toes being easier to get into a stirrup but I’ve not had that problem either. For me it comes down to a pretty simple criteria: My feet are a bit long for my frame and they’re a normal width. Roper and square toes look better on my feet than pointier toes. Those J-toe boots up top make me look like Ali Baba.
The argument against square toes that get’s bandied about the most is that the R and J toes seen above are “classic.” The square toe might actually be more classic, based on boots I’ve seen from the 19th century but also the 40’s and 50’s.
I’m curious to see what readers think. Regardless of you come down on square toed boots, I doubt very few of you will be sporting botas picudas like these: