MD Podiatrist Explains Differences Between Men's and Women's Running Shoes

There are special considerations women need to take into account when shopping for running shoes. “Women’s shoes are generally wider in the forefoot and toe and narrower towards the heel. Men’s shoes are larger, in general,” explains Dr. Daniel D. Michaels, a podiatric surgeon affiliated with Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Care, LLC.

 

Because of this, women need running shoes with more shock cushioning. “Women, on average, weigh less than men of comparable height and shoe size. Therefore, the midsole in a woman’s shoe is designed to sustain less impact as the foot strikes the ground,” Dr. Michaels says. “Women’s running shoes usually contain a lighter and softer midsole than the men’s version, too.”

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The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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