How Asics developed running shoes specific for females.
‘Until recently, most running shoes for women were just smaller versions of men’s shoes. But as we come to understand the structural and hormonal differences between men and women, running shoes are fast becoming more female-friendly.
Over the past decade, scientific research has shown that women have different gait patterns and lower-limb biomechanics than men. This means that the way women run is significantly different, and it also helps explain why female runners have distinct injury patterns. ASICS is taking a gender-specific approach to designing running shoes, with the aim of improving women’s performance, comfort and safety.’