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Only a few decades ago, women weren't supposed to run. It was dangerous to their health and unfeminine. In 1967, Kathryn Switzer had to “sneak” into the Boston marathon by registering as “K. Switzer.” And the Olympic games' first women's marathon wasn't held until 1984!
Today, women – and women's running shoes – have made great strides. Consider, for example:
• Most running shoe manufacturers have a range of running shoes specifically for women.
• One well-known company (Ryka) designs only athletic footwear for women.
• Manufacturers now make narrow running shoes – with New Balance offering up to three different widths in their women's styles.
• Major running shoe manufacturers sponsor women's running teams around the world.