Nike just made the statement of time; women are built differently than men!
When it comes down to women and running things have changed A LOT!
Referring to Nike and their research, here’s some major differences:
Women tend to have broader forefeet than men. It also seems like women tend to have more problems with fit issues, bunions and blisters on the forefeet. Some brands have taken this in to consideration when designing women’s shoes. Here are some examples of models that are either wider in forefoot, or have an intergraded pad or a looser material to protect for example bunions: Nike Zoom Vomero+ 4 and Adidas Adistar Salvation,
Many women have higher arch than men. Some running brands, like Nike and New Balance, have designed an additional arch strap that tightens the shoes more around the arch. Nike has intergraded this to the women’s shoes and not the men’s. New Balance for instance got this as an N-lock for both men and women’s shoes.
A woman’s natural footpad has less mass than a man’s and women tend to have a narrower heel.
Some brands have taken this in to account. They have constructed a narrower heel to ensure better fit for women.
Today one big battle between men and women starts;
Men vs. Women – The virtual running battle of sexes
It’s clear that men and women have different needs in their running product, but who is the better runner? At nikeplus.nike.com you can create your own account and log your runs. You would need Nike+ Kit to log your mileage!
I will write more about this as soon as I get my own kit. But you can start with a log in to www.nikeplus.nike.com and learn about the challenge. Find a friend and challenge him or her!