are women’s and men’s feet anatomically different?
Yes .. they sure are!
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/foot. Our custom designed inner sole/footbed has good firm structure with arch support and a cradled heel. We do not re-engineer a man’s boot into a female design .. our boots are 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.
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.