are women's & men's feet different?

yes they are!

Women’s and men’s feet are anatomically different.

Female feet are simply not scaled-down versions of male feet but rather differ in a number of shape characteristics, particularly at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe, and the ball of the foot.

At she wear, we design and manufacture our footwear based on a last (aka mould or template) to suit a woman’s foot length and width.  We use a “B” last.  The ankle area and metatarsal (top of the foot) are designed, sculpted and shaped to suit a woman’s more slender ankle and foot.  Our custom designed anti-fatigue footbeds have good firm structure with arch support and a cradled heel. 

We do not re-engineer men’s footwear into a female design .. our footwear is designed “from the ground up” by women, for women.  Be also aware most other safety and work manufacturers still use a wider last (“C” last) in their “women’s footwear”.  Even if you have a wider female foot, you should still be wearing footwear specifically designed for a woman’s foot shape .. we have styles to suit all foot types. Unisex shoes do not exist .. they are either designed for men. Or designed for women.

women’s feet are simply not scaled down versions of men’s feet

  1. our big toe is shallower
  2. inside line is much more curved
  3. our arch is higher
  4. our foot is smaller for a given body height
  5. the outside length of our feet are shorter
male and female feet difference

the science

Gender differences in adult foot shape: implications for shoe design

by : Wunderlich RE & Cavanagh PR
(This is an abstract)

PURPOSE: To analyze gender differences in foot shape in a large sample of young individuals.

METHODS: Univariate t-tests and multivariate discriminant analyses were used to assess 1) significant differences between men and women for each foot and leg dimension, standardized to foot length, 2) the reliability of classification into gender classes using the absolute and standardized variable sets, and 3) the relative importance of each variable to the discrimination between men and women.

RESULTS: Men have longer and broader feet than women for a given stature. After normalization of the measurements by foot length, men and women were found to differ significantly in two calf, five ankle, and four foot shape variables. Classification by gender using absolute values was correct at least 93% of the time. Using the variables standardized to foot length, gender was correctly classified 85% of the time.

CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that female feet and legs are not simply scaled-down versions of male feet but rather differ in a number of shape characteristics, particularly at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe, and the ball of the foot. 

Text source : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11283437
Image sourced from : https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/human-anatomy-fundamentals-how-to-draw-feet–cms-21733

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