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Until recently, it was almost impossible for a woman to find an athletic shoe that wasn't simply a scaled down version of a man's athletic shoe. Women's feet are not just small versions of a man's foot; the proportions of a woman's foot are different as are the areas that need extra cushioning or extra support. It is very important for women to buy shoes specifically designed for a woman's foot for comfort as well as to avoid injury. Sporting goods stores specifically devoted to female athletes are a good place to start looking for athletic shoes specifically designed for women.