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What Women Need To Know About Their Running Shoes

Posted Mar 07 2011 10:41pm

This is a guest post from my good mate and own of The Running Company Bondi Beac h – Chris Chapman:

Hey Ladies,

There’s a change in the wind -­‐ it’s women and running.

More women are running than ever before and the big footwear companies are starting to

take notice, it’s about time!

In the past most of the women’s shoes from each of the brands were literally shoes designed for guys and then downsized to try to fit a female foot.
Funnily enough the fit sometimes hasn’t been all that good.
So what are the footwear companies doing now and why?

Fit Narrow heel fit and slightly wider forefoot fit. Women’s feet vary from mens
in that they are narrower around the heel and slightly broader at the forefoot,
size for size.
So each of the companies are now starting to do ”Women’s only” or ”Women’s specific”
lasts (a last is the shape that the shoe is made on.) so that the fit is great. If the shoe fits better, then all the technology they put in the rest of the shoe will function better.
Bunions anyone? We all know it, bunions are a more common occurrence for women as opposed to men.

Whether it’s a result of wearing those tight fitting flats, high heels or if you’re just unlucky it’s hereditary but a lot of women have them.

So footwear companies are not putting in ”bunion windows” in the upper of

their shoes on the medial side (inside) of the shoe.

These windows are flexible and stretchy material which allows for the shoe to dynamically

stretch around the bunion and allow the rest of the shoe to continue to fit perfectly.

In the past a lot of women have literally had to have a shoe 1 to 2 sizes too big just to accommodate their bunions.

But then this means that the shoe doesn’t fit properly and you can easily get injured as a result.

Part 2 to come tomorrow…

I definitely recommend seeing a professional to fit the right shoe for your foot and you can find Chris and The Running Company at Bondi Beach 6/157 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach although the actual shop front is on Gould St.

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