Men’s Shoes 101

Mens shoes are often viewed as a separate entity from women’s athletic footwear. However, some important differences should be taken into account when you are choosing men’s shoes. As with women, men’s shoes have different promotion or roll tendencies, which can greatly affect how they run. The primary difference between men’s running shoes and women’s is the width of their shoe. Women’s running shoes tend to be built wider in the toe and forefoot area, reflecting the natural sex differences in foot structure, while men’s shoes tend to be built more narrow in these areas.

mens-shoesAnother difference between men’s and women’s footwear is the size difference in the running shoe. Men’s shoes tend to be wider to accommodate the men’s larger foot, while women tend to be narrower to accommodate the women’s smaller foot. However, there is no size difference in men’s sneaker or basketball shoes, as these shoes will usually accommodate men regardless of their foot size. However, you must try on both types of shoes to determine which one best suits your foot and stride.

Ballet Flat Foot: This is a very common type of foot ailment among dancers and is characterized by a flat, hard sole. This makes the dancing shoe a great choice for dancers as it limits the amount of twisting or turning that takes place when performing. Dress shoes made specifically for ballet flat feet may also be found. These shoes have a high-quality rubber midsole and support heel counter bands.

Dress Shoe With a Heel Box: This type of mens shoes is commonly called a dressy shoe and has a low, square, to medium heel. Most men’s dress shoes have a V shape with a narrow front. Mens shoes with a heel box are popular among men who perform dances, as they give the dancer a sleek look. Some people wear dress shoes with a high heel as a fashion statement. Dancers also find that dress shoes with a heel box can help reduce back pain as the heel provides additional support.

Toe Cap: This is a special type of shoe that covers the end of the toes. The toey cap is usually seen on dress shoes, but not all shoes with this trim style are made with this trim. Toe caps are made in several styles and designs. There are the traditional white toe cap, rhinestone, decorated, etc. Generally, any dress shoe with a toe cap can be considered a toe cap, as long as the rest of the shoe has a smooth sole.