Thanks for the reply's. A few months ago I saw a cat expert on a morning news programme, telling us all about indoor cats. She had her cat with her & she mentioned the long foot hair saying it was like that because her cat never went outside.
I also agree that it looks cute.
I'm not sure that would be a real reason though... Frankie never goes outside and she doesn't have long toe tufts but she's also a short hair cat. I think it has more to do with coat than indoor/outdoor.
I don't think it's long because they don't go outside. I think it's more of a genetic thing... Maine Coons have tufts of fur between their paw pads and I don't think it has anything to do with not going outside--it's a breed trait.
If your cat is slipping or having problems, you can clip it but be very careful! I trim the fur underneath my dogs' paw pads because it improves their traction. It also keeps them from getting gunk stuck in the fur when they're outside. However I wouldn't trim it on our Maine Coon kitten because they're supposed to be there...