When your local running store is out of your size, you might have been tempted to compare men’s vs. women’s running shoes. If you are a woman with a larger foot, or a man with a smaller foot, you just may have luck venturing across the shoe display to find the perfect fit.
Traditionally, there is a one to one and a half size difference between standard men’s and women’s shoes. I wear a 10.5 B in women’s, but a 9.5 D in men’s. Since a women’s 10.5 can be harder for me to find in stock, but a men’s 9.5 more standard, sometimes it’s easier just to snag a pair of men’s. The same can be true for men with a smaller size foot: it is harder to find a selection of men’s 8s in stock, but not too difficult to score a women’s 9 or 9.5.
I don’t notice much of a difference between the shape of my men’s and women’s Adrenaline’s. There MAY be a little more snugness in the instep of the women’s version, but it’s not incredibly noticeable. Once my orthotic inserts are in place, the two feel just about identical (and yes, the same size inserts fit snugly in each pair).
Should you purchase shoes based on color? Technically, not really…
But I prefer fun and bold colors for my shoes, so I will happily switch between men’s and women’s styles to get the colorway I want. Right now, my men’s Adrenalines are on the more drab side, but they were what was available and I needed new shoes stat. However, if a neon yellow, electric blue, or bright red shows up on the men’s side of things, I’ll be happy to snag a pair. Sometimes, I just want want a change.
Length, Width + Weight Comparison
Again, there really doesn’t feel like there is too much difference between the men’s and women’s styles of my chosen shoe. The heft is the same, or close enough to the same to be negligible. I don’t notice any extra space in the toe box, or in the height of the upper, either. The men’s version of the Adrenaline fits me just as neatly as the women’s.
If The Shoe Fits…
At the end of the day, what matters most in a pair of running shoes is the fit. Knowing that I can easily switch between the men’s and women’s Adrenaline’s makes my life so much easier. It also doubles my options and selections when I shop for shoes. More choices are never a bad thing.
While other styles and brands may vary, if the shoe fits, run in it. A comfortable, well-fitting shoe is, after all, a comfortable, well-fitting shoe, regardless of the man or woman designation.
Do you ever choose shoes that are different from your designated style?
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