What’s the Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Tennis Shoes? posted by Tennis Fan
There is a distinct difference between men’s and women's tennis shoes, beyond the possible difference of color. It is important that you know what these differences are, so you don’t make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter which shoes you buy, as long as they seem to fit. What are the differences? The following are the significant factors that make men’s and women’s tennis footwear different and are the reasons why tennis players shouldn’t typically wear shoes belonging to the opposite gender.
Width.One of the most notable differences is width. The majority of men’s tennis shoes are much wider than women’s shoes, for the simple reason that, by nature, men typically have larger feet than women. In fact, the standard width for a man’s shoe is often the extra wide version for a woman. Furthermore, women’s shoes tend to be narrower, as women typically have a narrower forefoot and heel, as well as a lower instep.
Toe box.The width of shoes is different in terms of the toe box. Since shoes for men tend to be wider, the toes are often squared off, while the toes on tennis shoes designed for women tend to have a rounder or pointed oval shape, due to the shoes being designed for narrower feet. Thus, a woman’s tennis shoe isn’t simply a smaller version of one that is designed for a man. It is carefully created to accommodate the shape of her foot.
Soles.The soles of the shoes are constructed differently for men and for women. The reason for this is, typically, men and women do not strike the ground with their feet in the same way. Men usually strike the ground with their heel, while women tend to hit the ground mid-foot and with less impact. Women have a much wider Q angle than men (this is the angle of the legs as they extend from the hips). As a result, the average woman has a far greater tendency to overpronate (roll foot inward) more than the average man. Therefore, if she fails to wear the proper shoe that offers adequate support, she could suffer a knee injury.
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