Work boots have long been a staple for women.
But now, a new study finds they’re becoming increasingly popular with men.
According to a new survey of nearly 1,000 men and women, they were more likely to prefer women’s work boot brands than men’s work shoes.
The findings come as the industry faces increasing scrutiny over its use of outdated, outdated and outdated designs.
“We have to do better,” said the lead author of the study, Dr. Sarah McBride, a dermatologist in St. Louis.
While the research was conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the findings are based on responses from men and female respondents.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, the University of California, San Francisco and the University at Albany analyzed data from a national online survey of more than 1,300 men and 1,500 women.
Men and women who had never worn a work boot and men who had worn a pair of work boots were equally likely to say they preferred the women’s brands, but women were more than twice as likely as men to say their preferred brands were the men’s.
The study found that women are more likely than men to prefer shoes made of materials such as suede and leather, while men were more apt to prefer boots made of nylon and rubber.
There were also significant differences in footwear preferences for men and men.
Men preferred leather shoes, while women preferred suede shoes.
Men’s preferred materials were more important to them than women’s.
The study found men were slightly more likely overall to prefer leather shoes than women.
McBride said the study was a first step in a new conversation on the topic of work footwear.
“The findings suggest that men’s preference for footwear that is designed to meet specific requirements for male footwear is related to their use of work-related activities, including work as a husband, father, and caretaker,” she said in a statement.
“It is also possible that men who wear work boots are less likely to engage in these activities in the future, especially if they have other concerns about their health and/or fitness.”
The study was conducted in collaboration with the company Wacoal and the New York University School of Medicine.
The CDC says that the study shows the use of modern, high-quality work boots is important for the health of the male population, but more research is needed to understand the relationship between work and physical activity and to develop safer and more effective footwear options for men.
“If you’re in the workforce, make sure you’re working out and you’re following your body’s natural processes,” said Dr. John Ostroff, the lead researcher on the study.