Why would you want a female specific boot?
It comes down to two very important factors, one functional (fit) and the other aesthetic (the look) …but there is one often overlooked factor we will come to.
Ladies do not just have scaled down versions of men’s feet…
Men have longer and broader feet than women for a given stature. After normalization of the measurements by foot length, men and women were found to differ significantly in two calf, five ankle, and four foot shape variables.
The female feet and legs are not simply scaled-down versions of male feet but rather differ in a number of shape characteristics, particularly at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe, and the ball of the foot. These differences should be taken into account in the design and manufacture of women’s sport shoes.
– SOURCE: Gender differences in adult foot shape: implications for shoe design. US National Library of Medicine National & Institutes of Health study.
So to get the best fit it is of course beneficial to have a female fit boot. That said we all have different size feet and those who find their size available in a men’s boot and who have tried and felt comfortable with the fit, should not feel that they MUST have a female specific boot.
We are not saying that all female boots need to be pink and fluffy with pictures of unicorns on them (although one pink fluffy unicorn model would be very well received by a large demographic we are sure) – but it is nice to feel that the brand made an effort to release a design that is intended for the female rider – potentially matches their female specific board or involved the input of their female riders in the design process.
It is after all a pair of shoes! …and we all know how us girls feel about them and the difference in value of said item over the guys.