Why men’s shoes are more comfortable than women’s

Collection of coloured Samuel Windsor Oxfords

Why are men’s shoes more comfortable?
Image: Samuel Windsor

Staying safely on the fence, there’s an assumption out there that men’s shoes are decidedly more comfortable than the shoes worn by women. This view has some weight behind it when you consider the high heels, buckles and straps found on many women’s shoes.

Yet there’s only one way to be sure about assumptions, so in the red corner we have women’s shoes and in the blue corner we have shoes for men. Let the competition for the comfiest commence …

Social — Chelsea boots Vs T-bar sandals

With their smart, yet relatively informal look, Chelsea boots are something of an icon in the shoe world, but when it comes to good looks, the elegance and delicate features of a pair of ladies’ T-bar sandals are more than a match.

Concentrating on comfort though, the elastic sidings and snug feel of the Chelsea boots are far superior to the flimsy ankle strap and limited protection for those worried pinkies. 1-0 to the chaps.

Relaxing — outdoor mule Vs espadrilles

When it comes to taking it easy, ladies’ espadrilles not only look the part, but are flexible enough to be worn down at the beach or around the house. Men’s outdoor mules are equally flexible and it’s truly effortless to slide them on and potter around.

Both shoes are very comfy, but the fur-lined mules may be a little too snug in the summer and the canvas inners of the espadrilles may feel a little rough for the first few days. The points are shared, so 2-1 overall.

Formal — Oxford shoe Vs bridal stiletto

Weddings and special occasions demand stylish footwear, so a smart, shiny pair of prestige Oxford shoes are an excellent choice for men. Handmade with quality leather, these trusty shoes are extremely comfortable when broken in.

Shame we can’t say the same for the show-stopping stilettos, which may be the talk of the wedding, but walking on those heels sure looks uncomfortable. 3-1.

Flexible — brogues Vs leather boots

Whether hanging out in bohemian cafes or walking in the country it’s important to have a pair of shoes able to rise to any occasion. For women, a stylish pair of leather boots offer protection, durability and, depending on the brand and finish, look the business too.

Brogues need no introduction and are one of the most recognisable shoe designs in the world. Not only do they offer a kiss of style and flexibility, but are ultra stylish. In terms of comfort, both are very comfortable even with heels, so the honours are shared. 4-2.

Fun — creepers Vs platform shoes

It’s important to have a fun pair of shoes in your life and a fancy pair of suede creepers on your feet will certainly bring out the rock n’ roller in you. With huge, thick soles, beneath them, men feel a foot taller and will bounce the night away.

Equally distinctive and perhaps even more iconic, women’s platform shoes make for a stunning choice in footwear and have graced discos and catwalks for decades. Although, with heels added to the mix, walking in platform shoes is akin to balancing on stilts, whereas the bouncy, padded feel of the creepers is quite the opposite. It’s another win for the chaps, 5-2.

So it would seem that the assumptions are correct and the heeled, buckled and aesthetically pleasing shoes worn by women aren’t that comfortable. Now there’s a shock.

You’re free of course to go and try on a pair of stilettos if you’re not convinced, but take our word for it, men’s shoes are the champions of comfy.

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