I hated the wide square boots when they first came out. I thought they were downright ugly. I asked the same question: Why are the wide square toe boots so popular? Last year I accepted the fact that they are here to stay. I finally bought a pair of Ariat wide square toe boots and suddenly discovered that I LOVE THEM! In fact, I now have seven pairs along with my wide round toe boots. All I can suggest is that you try on a pair and see how you like them. My Ariats fit perfectly right out of the box. The wide square toes do offer a bit more toe room. I wear a 12 D in all boots.