One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of shoes or boots) having broad, square toes.
- ‘Nearly 200,000 men of Irish parentage fought there, and when the war ended, some headed for the old country, conspicuous in their felt hats and square-toed shoes.’
- ‘At that time, every kicker in high school, college, and the professional ranks kicked straight-on with that square-toed shoe.’
- ‘But I looked down on the tube yesterday morning (like you do when the carriage is packed and your head's at a funny angle) and half the world was wearing square-toed footwear.’
- ‘Solid round or square-toed shoes and boots are more manly and work far better with today's fashion.’
- ‘He's wearing square-toed ski boots, breaking them in for Norway.’
- ‘Broader belts complement the wider ties and the broad square-toed shoes are both comfortable and fashionable.’
- ‘By the way, one of the best things that have happened to men's footwear is the wide, square-toed ones of the European style.’
- ‘Catherine was wearing a long baby blue skirt and black, square-toed, leather boots.’
- ‘To round the picture off he slips his silk socked feet into black Italian square-toed, patent leather shoes.’
- ‘The happy-looking guy in the square-toed biker boots says he's not an orgy kind of guy.’
- 1.1archaic Old-fashioned or formal.
old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuatedView synonyms
- ‘We old people must retain some square-toed predilection for the fashions of our youth.’
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