Curl your toes under as if you are picking up that Frito you just dropped, and draw a dot on top of each knuckle at the base of the toes. (Those are metatarsal heads, if you're interested.) These dots form an arc on the top of your foot. (When I do this to clients, I use a make-up pencil, so it's easy to wipe off with make-up remover. Do not use a waterproof eye pencil. Trust me on this.)
There are a few basic foot shapes: The greek, the peasant and the egyptian. (Then there's mine. It's called LONG and NARROW. If you're feeling particularly cruel, they're called CLOWN FEET.)
The differences between these foot shapes is related to the length of the metatarsals, the long bones of your toes. Sometimes called rays, they look a little bit like the rays of a cartoon sun.
These long bones make up the middle of your foot. So although we think our toes are about this long:
With the Greek/Grecian Foot shape, the big toe's metatarsal is shorter than the second metatarsal. It's called a Grecian Foot, because classic greek statues show this proportion. The Statue of Liberty's toes are shaped like this. See?
This guy is carrying his foot fetish thing a BIT too far!
Next time we'll look at the Egyptian and the Peasant foot.