toe-box

toe box

noun
a piece of stiffened material, as leather, placed between the lining and the toecap of a shoe.

Origin:
1925–30

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toe box

noun
the forward tip of the upper of a shoe or boot that provides space and protection for the toes; "the toe box may be rounded or pointed" 
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