If you’re a woman working in construction, civil engineering, manufacturing, offshore, logistics… OK, anywhere where there’s a foot injury, or slip and trip hazard, have you or your female colleagues ever asked “Can I wear the nearest men’s footwear size?” – Well the answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’, but more ‘no’ if you’re hoping to achieve maximum levels of safety, as well as comfort.
Obviously, men tend to have larger feet than women. However, a 2009 study by Luo et al helps us to understand that the differences between male and female feet are not merely size, but differences between a number of parameters and measurements. The study compared a large number of measurements taken from male and female participants. Key differences lay in the heel-to-ball length (ball length) of men and women’s feet. Male foot ball length proved to be significantly longer. The width of male feet at the ball, instep and heel regions, as well as the ball circumference also tended to be larger than in female subjects’ feet. However, toe regions, insteps and medial and lateral malleoli (the protruding bony bit of the foot) tended to be larger in female participants than in males.
Simply wearing the nearest men’s size of safety boots or shoes does not ensure the best fitting safety footwear. There may be movement and even discomfort, potentially detracting from safety levels.
The Vixen range of female safety footwear by Rock Fall is designed using female lasts. Female lasts represent female foot shapes and measurements, as well as size, resulting in a range of dedicated women’s safety footwear that provides wearers with style, comfort and of course, far better-suited safety footwear; safety that cannot be guaranteed by simply opting for the nearest men’s size.
To see the Vixen range of women’s safety boots, shoes and trainers, click here.