Why Do You Walk With Your Feet Pointing Outwards?

There are two (and only two) kinds of people: those who talk with their feet pointed straight ahead, and those who don’t.

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I would think that those who walk with their feet pointing outwards would always be trying to prevent themselves from doing the splits, as their legs are trying to walk away from each other, in opposite directions. Yes, I would think that.I’ve been trying to determine why a lot of people walk with their feet splayed outward, and I’ve come up with these possibilities:

  • Their fat thighs prevent their feet from pointing straight ahead. If they did try to walk with their feet straight ahead, they’d fall over like a bowling pin.
  • They have some medical problem (besides being fat, if you want to consider that a medical problem).
  • They didn’t learn to walk correctly.

Okay, you’re asking But what’s the correct way to walk? Maybe your feet are SUPPOSED to be pointing outwards. According to my extensive research (i.e. googling variations of “walking correctly”), your feet are supposed to be pointing straight ahead when you walk.

The toes pointing outward is called outtoeing, but I don’t know if that means the whole foot is pointing outwards. Can you have the toes pointing outward without its foot following suit?

And then there’s Intoeing, but I think they’re rare, so they don’t count.

82 Replies to “Why Do You Walk With Your Feet Pointing Outwards?”

  1. This is something I’ve ALWAYS wondered about, so I thought I’d pass on that wonder, prompting mass wonder, I hope.

    Tomorrow’s wonder: How can you tell when sour cream goes bad?

  2. I walk with my feet pointing outwards because that’s what is comfortable. I realize that doesn’t fit into your three reasons, but I’m special.

    As for sour cream going bad, you’ll know it’s bad because it will be sour. Duh!!

  3. > I walk with my feet pointing outwards because that’s what is comfortable.

    Of course it’s comfortable; it’d be uncomfortable having those fat thighs of yours chafing against each other with every stride.

    • You do know that you are very offensive right? Everyone has a right to their own opinion so I can respect the way you think. However, there is a fine line between stating your opinion and just being down right rude. You have crossed that line tremendously. You have gone so far over the line you cannot even see where it was. You should really check yourself before someone else does it for you.

      Thanks :)

        • what line? there is a line here at steel white table? Fuck I never saw it..ohhh is that profanity offensive..over the line perhaps..

          …jody I have fat thighs and you are correct it is uncomfortable with them chaffing with every stride…thank you for your understanding and astute observations and of course your honest and forthright comments…..praise jesus…oh I mean praise thor….

          • what is this stinking moderation waiting shit…do you know who I am…do you…jesus christ moderation my ass….

            I am really going to miss this and will probably end up venting to real people in real settings…tell me you will send me popcorn when I am the guest of the provincial correctional services….

          • that’s better…I am just working through my emotions with the impending end coming….

          • Tom, aren’t you in Jody’s Google Plus circle yet?

            Jody, check out my circles and steal Tom and put him in one of your circles. He’ll need a place to show of his typing skills once SWT shut down.

        • I came here wondering the same thing, somebody tracked nasty footprints all over my house walking in with dirty feet somehow and I noticed they walk “out-toed” or whatever it’s called. But, I agree, you are offensive! That is just plain rude…..

          One should be able to postulate things while being sensitive to others feelings. If you do not understand the importance of this, then it is my opinion that you have much improvement to do in the “emotional intelligence” realm. Everyone has flaws, imagine if somebody looked at you, saw what they perceive to be a flaw, and then rudely proclaimed that flaw to you….while considering why you have that flaw.

          I am not just saying this because I am “fat”; I am the opposite. I actually strive to gain weight. It may be correct that being overweight causes this, as the person who I suspect tracked their prints in is heavier set. However, it could be due to other issues as well, maybe something involving the musculoskeletal system, as I have seen others who are not overweight walk this way as well. I am going to do a little more looking into it, just because I piqued my interest.

          Come on people, be a little nicer! What goes around comes around :) No need to insult.

          • So your defense of fat people is that “yes I actually do believe that it was a fat person who tracked mud everywhere and was out-toed, but it’s not nice!” Why would you believe it was a fat person when you clearly didn’t actually see that person? Hypocrite much?

          • If people’s feeling are sensitive, they should get that checked out at a doctor before wading into random internet comment threads. They could end up at 4chan, imagine the feelings there!

    • It may be more comfortable to her because of hip/leg/joint issues. Pointing forward would probably feel weird if your musculoskeletal system is not developed properly.

    • Your logic doesn’t even make sense, only the foot is pointed outward not the whole fucking leg, you sound like an idiot. And even if the whole leg did point outwards, it’s pointing outwards not pulled apart, litterally just rotating at the knee 🙄🙄 your question wasn’t why people walk with their legs spread so far apart…. when one foot is pointed outwards, even if you do have big thighs, they rub together the same amount pointed in wards as outwards. It’s one thing to have opionions about obesity, that’s fine. you can be as hateful as you like, it’s your life. but don’t make yourself look like an idiot to state your feelings in the process. Now you just look un educated instead.

      • You used too many commas in literally every sentence but the last one.

        An ellipsis only has 3 periods, not 4.

        Sentences start with a capital letter.

        Perhaps this explains your extreme use of curse words, the pejorative “idiot”, and finally, the misspelling of “uneducated”.

      • Why does outtoeing require that only the foot be pointed outwards and not the entire leg? It’s not a dichotomy, there could be varying degrees of both the legs and the feet pointing outwardly. Doesn’t it stand to reason that fat would force your legs and therefore your feet and cankles to be pointed outwardly?

  4. I walk with my toes pointed very outwards. I can walk with my feel pointed perfectly sideways if I try. I’m pretty sure my legs just grew like that, and it’s not because I’m fat like ryan. After I had dual knee surgery my physiotherapist once explained to me why my legs were like they were, but I didn’t understand so I didn’t retain it. It has something to do with my hips pointing one direction making my knees point in another direction which directs my feet.. When I stand up and try to put my feet straight ahead my legs look like someone else trying to put their toes together, like I’m trying to hold in a really big shit.

    Of course, it could be because I’ve recently become fat, though that doesn’t explain grade 9 when I was 120 pounds or less, and only slightly shorter and I am now.

    I always thought that people who walked with their feet straight ahead would have balance issues, since your sideways stability would have that extra few inches of toes not there for sideways stabilization. Straight feet walking unbalanced buffoons, they is.

    • Actually I believe we are designed to walk with feet pointing straightforward, but due to nutritional issues/lifestyle issues the body may not develop appropriately. I could be wrong. Just a theory. The toes actually help us balance, if you lose a toe or two I believe you would have a harder time balancing. I know that in yoga when I lift my toes up while holding positions it is much harder to keep balance, but I do it as a challenge for myself.

  5. It’s little more stable with your feet outward like that. I’m not fat, but I am rather tall.

  6. my feet point outword and my knee point inward they keep on hitibg eachether. i do not have trouble wlaking and i am not fat. my doctor think braces could help. do you think i should tlak to my doctor?

  7. i walk with my feet pointing outwards becuz its very comfortable but try this if u walk with ur feet outwards try walking wit them straight cuz i tried and it wuz uncomfortable and i fell (LOL) but it didnt hurt.o and im NOT fat

    • It might be more comfortable for you but…. my oh my, it does look so unattractive. Just watch other people and see for yourself how stupid you must look

    • People who walk with their feet pointed outward are always uncoordinated, and not very athletic. It’s funny to watch them run…lol.

  8. Personaly i really never had that problem but i have 2 friends thats like that and i really think it looks weird and one is fat though i tried walking like that but it hurts my ankle and fall backswards
    but i think its just a habit for people and other people are just plain fat no offence thought i love fat people (NOT LIKE THAT)bt they lazy and i hate lazy people and i shouldnt have sent that with fat people on this site but no offence really

    Remember No Diets
    Just Exrcise And eat heally no more junks food
    i watch Exrcise Tv so i would no and give your lazy butt of the chair or whtaever you sittin on and go run a freakin mile!
    I love being healthy even thought i eat alot of sugar and have diabetes probally

  9. okay im back but wat justinpan105 said was a lil well not even little but kinda big mean but o well umm i do walk with my feet outwards and thats wat is comfortable for me but if u walk wit ur feet outwards and ur knees are straight forwards but wen u walk wit ur feet straight and ur knees are inward dat usually mean somethin is wrong wit ur leg bone and i went to my doc. and they said if i wanted to walk straight it might mean sugery but it was still gona b uncomfortable and i passed but still all u ppl who say were fat lik really (SHUTUP) stop being mean but yea if i was u DO NOT get surgery.

  10. A bunch of junior high school kids, and illiterate. I’m always tempted to delete comments like this. SWT is no place for children. Mentally stunted adults, yes, but children, no way.

  11. I walk with my feet straight, but I have noticed that my knees point inwards. I do not have any trouble/uncomfort walking straight with slightly inverted knees, but I could see why somebody would point their toes outward for aesthetic reasons if their knees are visible. My legs look so HOT with my toes pointed outwards. But I do not walk like this as it’s not my habit or really comfortable. Plus, whenever I see somebody walking with their toes pointed outsides I get reminded of a fat, waddling duck.
    I’m also very tall and skinny yet have small foot size for a guy of my height, but do not have problems walking straight. Walking straight INCREASES your balancing abilities and you should know that balancing also burns calories.
    Why the fuck would you want to walk like a physically retarded duck and lose the opportunity to burn calories and tone your legs/body doing some balancing?

    • ummm… i weigh 95 pounds and i walk with my feet out because my hips arent aligned right. im deffinatly not fat.


  13. Bitch i weigh 115 and i learned how to correctly so your hypothisis is wrong. My feet are like this because of ballet so thankyou very much.

  14. I am 120 pounds at 21 years old, i walk with my feet outward, how do you explain that? im not fat at all, i just think you are a rude, closed minded person who needs to grow up and learn how to “play nice” with others. my guess is that you probably are an old bitter woman with nothing else to do with her time then to try to put heavy people down. get over yourself.

  15. Jody is an old bitter woman. It’s not uncommon to see Jody walking around wearing a t-shirt that reads: “I’m an old bitter woman. Deal with it!”

  16. I have had fantasies about jody being an old bitter woman…that is wrong….isn’t it?

    Is there such a thing as an inside blogging voice…

  17. Athletes rarely walk/run with outtoeing problems. Try and run with feet pointed outwards and it is bloody difficult. Models/beautiful girls ALWAYS walk with feet pointed straight ahead. It is the correct way to stand and walk and looks attractive. Thats the reason for it. People taht walk with feet pointing outwards look stupid and unattractive, the more pointing outwards the worse it becomes. Why anyone would think it ok to push their feet sidways down the road is beyond me. My feet are very straight and so are my girlfiends too. She would not be with me if she had duck feet. it looks so awful.

  18. When I walk each of my feet points very slightly outward (and no, its not ‘My fat thighs’ I come in at 65kg for 6’3″). When standing still however, my feet usually point at around 45° out each.

    I often go climbing, and this frequently requires me to have my feet sideways against the wall – maybe this is a cause?


  19. I’m very athletic. I’m a cheerleader that takes a gymnastics class once a week, I run track, and I play basket ball. I have very little fat on my body. I am mainly muscle. I walk with my toes pointed outward. I’ve always walked like this. I think it might be a recessive trait. My grandpa walked like this. But my grandmother didn’t. They had three kids, two of them walking normal and one of them walking with outward facing toes. My mother, who walks normaly, had two children, both with outward facing toes. Me and my sister both walk like this. I’ve always thought it could be just a recessive trait. Yes, fat people could walk like this because of their thighs, but anyway I walk, (I’ve expirmented) with outward toes, inward toes, or toes facing straight foward, My thighs never touch. So I don’t think being fat is the only explanation as to why people walk outtoeing.

  20. A lot more replies to this old, silly thread recently, most saying they walk with their feet pointing outwards even when they’re not fat – not that being fat is a primary reason for it.

    I love the internet.

  21. Ummm…. I have outpointed feet and I’m not fat. I’m on a level 2 cheerleading team, I’m 13 years old, and I weigh 95 pounds. Your theories are incorrect.

  22. im 12 i weight 136 but im strong and people say i look rather skiny and i walk with my feet straight i think people just walk the way they do cause its comferatable to them

  23. ohhhh I am all a twitter and giddy with anticipation….no really…..really really….

    phillip your honey was great…no not your honey…your honey….

  24. Is the one who wrote this an idiot? Extensive research my ass, too opinionated. And not everyone who walk with their feet pointing outward is fat, from what I learnt from experience is its just bad habits from when they were young, and can be treated by strengthening certain muscles in the legs

  25. Hi my crush is skinny and tall and he walks with his feet outward, his right foot a little outward than his left and I think it’s cute

  26. “…those who talk with their feet pointed straight ahead, and those who don’t.”

    Those who TALK? Damn, I thought we were making fun of the way people walk all this time.

  27. This whole thing is dumb. No, its not because your fat. When I stand with my feet pointed straight, no my thighs don’t touch, but what happens is my knees are pointed too much inward, you can see it and it looks really stupid, and is painful. Ive walked like this since I was little, so this post is just bull

      • WTF you do realize that some people are born differently, right? Just because they don’t look like you or their body isn’t how you say it should be, doesn’t give you the right to judge them. I was born with my knees rotated a little outwards so I have the ability to turn my feet all the way sideways and still walk fine. If i try to make my feet point forward, it rotates my knees inward and it hurts. I walk how i want to comfortably walk because why on earth would I care whether the way i walk looks attractive or not? I’M WALKING. IT DOESN’T MATTER.

    • My 1 data point anecdotal evidence PROVES it! Hurray for science!

      This 10 year old post is bull and I’m voicing my opinions on the internet, where it really counts!

  28. I think I will be laughing for the next ten years. I have a sister who walks with her feet pointed outwards and a little finger the same way when she is walking. THIS IS JUST PLAIN WEIRD>

  29. Dancers walk with their feet pointing outwards – I do. It also does not prevent us from doing the splits as I can go down fully. :)

  30. LMFAO You said being fat was the reason? I workout legs 3 times a week and still walk with my feet pointed outwards. So does my cousin and you can trust we got massive hops, but if being fat is the reason I guess we might as well starve ourselves of muscles and fat just to walk with straight feet. Lol I love how the only explanations were medical conditions and having fat thighs. Lmao that was a good one

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