Hi @AmberWaves,

As someone who is dealing with a heel spur at the moment, I can definitely sympathize with your toe pain. If you are currently seeing a podiatrist, I'd talk to them about whether or not they recommend a stiffer toebox, or a softer toebox. I'd also ask them if the toespring, or the angle of the toe relative to the shoe's middle matters, as you might be affected if the toespring is too aggressive. 

(This is a link to a Podium Runner article on toespring. You'll see different studies with different opinions on the effectiveness of a higher toespring; this article claims its better for running, but I am including it just to show you a very good picture of what it looks like!)

If your doctor recommends a softer boot, I'd recommend the following:

Hoka Sky Toa GTX (note that this boot's toespring is higher than other boots due to Hoka's rocker construction).

Topo Trailventure Mid WP

Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM

For a more firm boot, I'd recommend:

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Aku Alterra GTX

A footwear associate in store, or one of our virtual outfitters can help you determine the correct size. You might even size up if you need more space in the toebox to accomodate for discomfort.

I hope these ideas help, and I hope you heal soon!

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