Women's Footwear For All Occasions Women’s athletic shoes and women's footwear are often confused with one another. However, there are some major differences between the two. Although both have specialised fields of function, athletic shoes are intended for training and wear during sporting competition, while women's athletic shoes are designed to be comfortable and versatile enough to be used for everyday living activities. For example, many women use their running shoes for commuting, shopping, errands, visiting friends and family, and working around the house; so they have a wide variety of uses for athletic shoes, but women's athletic shoes are typically reserved for running and exercise. Although women's athletic footwear does require more care than men's, they are still made of durable, well-liked materials like high-quality nubuck, leather uppers, suede, or canvas. Women's footwear usually comes in neutral colours like black, brown, and grey; although you will see plenty of women in brightly coloured, bright colours such as yellow, pink, red, and blue running shoes. Although women's sports shoes don't typically have as much cushioning as men's, many brands of women's sports shoes do have extra cushioning in the heel, the middle, and the insoles. The insoles are specially designed to be breathable so that they keep your foot nice and cool, even if you're wearing shorts. In addition, some women's sports shoes also have extra support for extra stability; some of these additional features can also help prevent injury. Another difference between men's athletic shoes and women's athletic shoes is the upper portion of the shoe. Women's athletic shoes generally have a shank in the front of the shoe, while men's athletic shoes have a shank in the back that runs down the side of the shoe. Men's athletic shoes are usually made of leather or suede, while women's athletic shoes tend to be made of canvas or rubber. And don't be afraid to let the ladies in your life know how important their athletic shoes are!