In Brief

The Topo line features a two-portioned toe box that allows the big toe to create an anchor point in the foot.

The Boston-based athletic shoe startup, Topo Athletic, has launched a split-toe shoe line aimed to grab a share of the swelling lightweight, minimalist shoe market.

Inspired by the traditional Japanese designs of split-toe tabi socks and jika-tabi boots, the Topo line features a two-portioned toe box that allows the big toe to create an anchor point in the foot while the remaining toes can spread naturally.

Tabi socks, jika-tabi boots and the Topo Athletic design.

Contrary to conventional athletic shoes that aim to correct the way people run and train, ToPo’s designers

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