not buy men's running shoes was not correct. The main difference between
the two shoes is width and not every one in the same gender has the same width.
Many companies have decided to make all "men's" shoes D-width and all "women's"
shoes B-width.If you do not fit this "norm", then you should buy what is the
right width for you.
There is one company (at least) that at least experimented with width classes.
I believe that was New Balance. Since I am a D-width male who has never be
happy with any NB design, I do not buy NB. You might try asking several running
stores in your area about this issue.
By the way, why is it important to have separate stores for men, for women, and
for kids? The oddest one is the King of Prussia mall complex (2 malls side by
side) with 2 Footlockers and 2 Lady Footlockers. Given that business is not
that booming, their overhead costs must be quite high. Now, I'm in favor of
giving runners special attention and I admit that the support system for
women runners could be a whole lot better (especially with all those MCPs who
are married to good woman runners but feel their golf is more important than
the training of their wives), but given that I have not seen one qualified
sales person in any Footlocker, I wonder about this gimmick. My advice has
been and always will be: find a good shoes store (if you can) and do not
listen to these fools that you and I have both seen in Footlocker stores.
Apologies in advance to any employee of Footlocker who is good; just ask your
employer to find more people like yourself! Good luck...Hal