I’ve been doing squats for most of the past 18 years and have been going hard on the westside system for 18+ months now. My squat has improved more than 100 lbs in this time frame. I’m also training clean, not that it’s my pride and joy, just a factor to consider.
If you want to make Westside work for you, I found you have to take on the whole program. Ironically, I've found that the best way to increase recovery is to do more workouts, particularly very low intensity, moderate volume sessions using movements other than squat derivatives (reverse hypers, ghg raises, ab work, easy plyos). It's funny how I've believed in lowering total training volume for the past decade and now i'm recommending to add workouts if you're not recovering fast enough. True learning is a humbling process! This is what Louie preaches. Read the archives on deepsquatter.com for more on this.
As far as having the toes pointing forward, I've been lucky enough to have Louie himself teach me to box squats and I think he'd say to forget "spreading the floor" and focus on "pushing out the knees" and to "sit back", particularly at the very bottom of the range of motion. I have inherent external rotation in my hips (that means my toes point outward more than normal) and I found that with this modification to squatting style (toes pointing forward) I shoot up from a below parallel box even faster that toes slightly pointed out. Try it it should work.