Best Boxing Shoes Review

May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, Boxing Equipment 40 Comments

Best boxing shoes review

Q: Which piece of boxing equipment is often overlooked by beginners?

  • A: Yes, it’s BOXING SHOES!

Why are beginners especially so resistant when it comes to buying boxing shoes? Well, they don’t want to spend any money, they don’t see any benefit, and they figure they can just use any other athletic shoes (running/basketball/trainers). Well, I don’t recommend that.

And I’m here to explain to you all the benefits and where to buy good boxing shoes.

 

Benefits of Wearing Boxing Shoes

I know many of you will like to start out boxing by using other athletic shoes that are made for running, basketball, or other sports. I can tell you right now, it’s not the same. Wearing real boxing shoes makes a big difference in your performance. In fact, it’s probably one of the easiest ways to instantly improve a beginner boxer’s performance—put real boxing shoes on him.

A good pair of boxing shoes improves comfort, mobility, speed, and power. It’s really that simple. A shoe that’s made for boxing will allow you to be comfortable in boxing positions and stances, and allow you to move in the ways that a boxer typically moves. And if you’re able to move better, you’ll have more speed, and more power.

Wearing boxing shoes improves comfort, mobility, speed, and power.

Many of you will be tempted to do what I did, which is not buy real boxing shoes until way later, until you’re more serious, but you won’t get to enjoy the fun of how good it feels to wear real boxing shoes. Your feet feel so much lighter, and you move around with so much more agility AND support as you jump around the boxing ring snapping hooks and crosses. You simply have to try it to see what I mean.

 

Important Features of Good Boxing Shoes

1. Grip & Pivot

This is probably most important and distinct feature of boxing shoes, their ability to grip the ground so that your feet don’t slide when transferring power…but at the same time, always allowing you to pivot so you can throw power punches or execute typical fighting footwork maneuvers.

You will find that non-boxing shoes are pretty horrible when it comes to allowing you to grip & pivot. The way non-boxing shoes are shaped at the front can make pivoting a little awkward and also that the non-boxing shoes are either too slippery (don’t give you enough grip) or they give you too much grip (making it hard to pivot).

Some fighters will prefer a shoe that’s really grippy and they don’t mind if it’s a little harder to pivot. Some fighters will prefer a shoe that’s smoother and pivots easily even if it has a little less grip. The perfect balance for me is when the shoe grips enough to provide stability during power transfer and pivots easily enough while still keeping you connected to the ground. I actually hate when the shoes too grippy because that can make me trip.

Your boxing shoes should provide enough grip for stability,
while still allowing you to pivot easily.

 

2. Sole Construction & Texture

Now comes the second-most important feature of boxing shoes, the way the sole (the bottom of the shoe) is built. The way your soles are built can impact your ability to balance, move, pivot, and throw punches. First off, on the inside…the soles have to be comfortable and allow you to stand balanced. You shouldn’t feel like your axis is off-balance when you stand in your boxing shoes. You also shouldn’t feel like the shoes are forcing your feet to angle slightly towards the outsides or the insides. You’d be surprised by how common this problem is. If the insoles are feeling weird or making you off-balance already, maybe you can replace them with custom soles…maybe not.

The next thing is to get a feel for the thickness of the sole (the outside bottom part). Some guys like a thinner sole so that they can feel the ground more. You may feel more agile and lighter this way. Some guys like a thicker sole, you feel less ground but possibly more powerful. You have to try it to see what I mean.

I personally like a thinner sole and feel more powerful with that. I do notice that thinner soles can tire out your feet quicker because of less support. (It’s similar to how those Vibram Five Finger shoes give your feet an extra workout.) Then again, my feet are strong, well-conditioned and that “extra work” doesn’t bother me one bit. For a beginner, they can make a difference but you get used to it quickly.

What you don’t want is a sole that is too thick that you feel too disconnected from the ground, this is common with many non-boxing athletic shoes. Shoes made for basketball will have all this cushioning in the sole that prevents you from connecting with the ground for maximum power. You may also notice that non-boxing shoes (and sometimes even some boxing shoes) have a raised heel which can prevent you from sitting down for maximum power on your punches. (Sometimes you have to be able to sit down on your heels for maximum power transfer, or to be able to push back an opponent.)

Another thing is the outside texture of the very bottom of the shoe. Some of you may like a flatter surface where it feels like you’re standing directly on the ground. You of you might like ridges or the little bumps (kind of like soccer cleats) because it feels like it has more grip. I personally like a flat bottom. I hate the bumps because it makes me feel more disconnected from the ground and also like I have less balance when I’m just standing. The bumps also make me feel like I’m standing on rocks (annoying). Keep in mind that I have wide feet, so maybe I might like the bumps if they were rearranged for wider feet.

The last thing to note is the construction of the toe and the heel. Some of you may like a shoe where the sole wraps up and covers the toe and the heel areas. This can make the shoe feel more durable and feel more grippy overall. Some of you may prefer where the sole is only on bottom and the toe and heel areas are surrounded by the soft uppers, this might feel lighter, more mobile or more comfortable to you.

Your boxing shoe soles should allow you to feel balanced and light.

 

3. Weight & Thickness

The overall feel of your shoe should have a desired weight and thickness. For me, the feeling of weight and thickness is determined by the material used as well as the mobility allowed. A feeling of lightness comes from a lighter and thinner sole, lighter and thinner uppers, and lots of freedom in the ankles. The moment the shoe starts adding on a thicker sole, or lots of fabric and upper material, or restricting ankle movement, the shoe starts to feel heavier.

Should you go thick and heavy or thin and light? This is really up to you. A light and thinner shoe will feel more agile and possibly more powerful if you like to feel the ground. A thicker and heavier shoe can feel more supportive and also more powerful because you feel like it’s unifying your knee, ankle, and foot together with every movement. Those who like lighter shoes will complain that a thicker heavier shoe is restrictive and/or slows down their foot-speed.

Your boxing shoe should feel thin enough to be light and agile,
thick enough to provide support for power transfer.

 

4. Height & Ankle Support

One of the most important tasks of a boxing shoe is to protect your ankles. As you already know, ankle injuries are common in sports where you’re jumping around, changing angles often, and constantly putting force on your ankles from all directions. Boxing can definitely put force on your ankles and knees depending on your fighting style.

You have 3 choices of shoe-heights in boxing – LOW, MID, and HIGH. The low-tops go about as high as the ankles. The mid-height shoes go a few inches higher than that, and the high-tops reach almost to your calves.

Conventional wisdom goes, “the higher the shoe, the more ankle support you get.” So if you want lots of ankle support, get the high-tops. If you want lots of mobility, then get the low-tops so your ankles have more freedom to move. This has a lot to do with how your joints are made. If you’re the kind of guy who sprains his ankles every now and then, you should probably go with the high-tops. It has a lot to do with genetics, fighting style, and personal preference. I have strong ankles and I love low-tops.

There are a few extra things to consider. First off, low-tops come in varying ranges of “low”. Some are below the ankle, some are right on the ankle, and some are even above the ankle. While that may or may not matter in terms of ankle support, they do feel very different. So even if you want low tops, I recommend you try out the different ranges of low-tops if you want to be a perfectionist.

When it comes to high-tops, you should know that different models fit differently. Some high-tops might feel too loose at the ankles (still not enough ankle support) whereas others might be too loose on the lower shins (lacking support or feels annoying). Some might feel annoying or restrictive on your calf muscle. Do remember that every body is different. Some of you have longer or shorter legs, thicker or thinner legs, thicker or thinner calves, different ankle builds, or wear thinner or thicker socks. All of these things have an effect.

Your boxing shoes should feel mobile,
while providing ankle support for power and safety.

I have noticed that high-tops are not only good for ankle support but can also make you feel more powerful when throwing punches. I don’t think it’s so much that the shoe actually gives you support and makes you more powerful. My theory is that because the shoe is bigger and touches more of your leg, you become more aware of your entire lower leg and move more of your body in unison together which then gives you more power and support. I do feel like the guys with high-tops are less likely to jump around into weird overly-crouched or contorted positions (because the shoes are less comfortable when you do that) and so their legs are more often in positions that give more balance and power.

 

5. Comfort & Width

Comfort and width are a matter of personal preference. You will know what feels good to you by trying on different pairs of shoes. My suggestion? Ask your friends at the local boxing gym if you can stick your feet into their shoe. You’ll be able to quickly scratch off the brands and materials that feel annoying to you.

The materials used and how they are stitched or glued together will have the biggest impact on comfort if you ask me. Some materials can be bothersome or feel like they restrict your feet, like the shoe doesn’t want to let your feet spread or bend or push off the ground at the angles you want. Some shoes can pinch your feet uncomfortably at the front (not letting you press off the balls of your feet comfortably) or they pinch at the back and give you blisters. Or even the insoles can give you blisters.

For me, the biggest problem when buying shoes is the width. I have super wide feet and when I wear shoes that are too narrow, they don’t allow my feet to flatten against the ground for maximum stability. I also feel like I have less balance because the shoe underneath my foot is narrower than the foot itself. I imagine the opposite can also be true, if your feet is too narrow, you want a shoe that is similar in fit or at least has laces that allow you to tighten it up, or else your feet or toes will have too much room in there.

Your shoe should allow fit snug and comfortably,
without restricting movement or causing blisters.

 

6. Quality

It goes without saying that quality is very important. You want your shoes to last a while. As long as you’re using a top name-brand shoe, you’ll probably be alright on this. If you want to inspect a shoe to see where quality matters most, I would say it’s to make sure that the sole is constructed well and that the bottom of the shoe doesn’t look like it’s going to peel off when the shoe wears out. In case it does, you can use Shoe Goo or take it to a shoe repair shop to glue it back on.

 

Top Boxing Shoe Brands

1. Nike

I like Nike shoes the best because they fit my feet the best. They are very comfortable, good performance, durable, and also very stylish. If I didn’t know any better, I would guess they are the most popular boxing shoe brand. Nike boxing shoes are conveniently located in several price ranges, heights, and styles. Nike makes high performance, affordable and stylish boxing shoes.

 

Nike Speedsweep (lo-top) $50-70

These are my favorite and the ones I use (also sold on Amazon as “wrestling shoes”). My shoes were actually the “Nike Lo-Pro Boxing” shoes but very similar to this one. My current pair has lasted 6 years easily and only cost me about $35 back in the days (you can find these online for as low as $50). They feel good. Very light. Awesome grip so my feet don’t slip at all when I’m moving around. When I plant my heel into the ground, my feet become super anchored for maximum stability.

I have strong ankles and love having freedom of movement and agility over support and rigidness. This is why I chose a low ankle design to complement my style of movement. The shoes help my punching power by allowing me to sit down on my punches as well as pivoting easily on the balls of my feet. They’re great for the price and I highly recommend them. (I’m 5’7″, 140lbs, strong ankles, flat arches, small calves, like thin socks—if you care.)

NOTE: please check pricing on TitleBoxing and other boxing stores before buying from Amazon. Amazon is not always the cheapest price!

 

Nike HyperKO Boxing Boots (high-top) $150+

Nike Boxing Shoes

Many boxers have this recent-model high-top Nike boxing shoes nowadays. They’re replacing the old Nike Machomai’s that everybody used to wear. I’ve heard great things since as that they’re extremely lightweight, very supportive, appear to be long-lasting, comfortable and high performance.

 

2. Adidas

Adidas is the other top boxing shoe brand that I would use if I wasn’t using Nike. I don’t use Adidas because it feels different from Nike. It’s not that it’s bad, just that it feels different and weird because it’s less familiar. Maybe this has to do with the fact that I wear Nike shoes more often than Adidas. Another thing I would say is that Adidas is probably more popular in Europe. I remember when I went to sports stores in Germany, I often saw more Adidas boxing gloves and boxing products than I did for Nike.

 

Adidas Champ Speed III Boxing Shoes $50-70

This is probably the most popular Adidas boxing shoe I’ve seen. I feel like most Adidas boxing shoes I see in the gym are typically either medium or high-top. In case you want to buy, please check prices at www.titleboxing.com, they might be cheaper there.

 

Adidas Combat Speed IV Boxing Shoes $50-70

   

This is like the Adidas equivalent of the Nike Speedsweep. It’s basically a low-cost, low-top, good thin lightweight boxing shoe. Be careful: some people complained that the wrestling version is too grippy to pivot.

 

Adidas Box Hog Boxing Boots $100

In case you were looking for the older (yet also popular) Adidas boxing shoes, this model was very popular. Some people even liked these more than the seen-everywhere Nike Machomai boxing shoes. You can probably search on Google for other websites that sell for cheaper.

 

3. Grant, Reyes, Rival

I’ve never tried any of them, except for a pair of Rivals once (and I didn’t like the fit). My feeling on these brands is this: they are quality brands but not shoe experts. I imagine Grant and Reyes to be made of high quality leather and maybe take in some break-in time but it won’t mold to your feet as Nike or Adidas right off the bat. And I imagine Rival to be built more like a Nike and Adidas in how it molds to your feet.

There are also several other high-quality brands or custom handmade shoe-makers out there. They’ll offer you a quality shoe made completely with high-end leathers. My biggest tip to you is to make sure the shoe is breathable. I imagine that an all-leather shoe might feel hot and sweaty. I haven’t personally experienced this but that’s what I would be worried about.

 

Rival Guerrero Boxing Boots (low-top) $80

A popular model for Rivals. Comes in many cool color combinations.

 

Rival RSX Boxing Boots (high-top) $90

Another stylish boxing shoe from Rival.

 

4. Everlast, Ringside, Titleboxing

These companies, in my opinion, are the HELL-NO brands. I will never buy or use them. I hear of too many complaints with their quality. I will have to admit that I haven’t used any of them for extended periods of time. (Based on the initial fitting, I didn’t want to.) Not surprisingly, I don’t see these brands as much in the gym. I would say they are inferior in quality, comfort, styling, and their cheaper price often reflects that.

I did put my feet into some Everlast boxing shoes and also a pair of Titleboxing shoes a couple of times (just to see). They felt awful on my feet, not comfortable at all, and really cheap. The shape and the material didn’t mold to my feet, you feel like it was made for robots or something. And then factor in the rumors about poor quality and I just felt so much happier going back to Nike, which has always felt great. (For those who don’t know, Tomasz Adamek’s Everlast shoe tore off in the middle of a fight.)

 

5. Asics, Lonsdale

There used to be a time when Asics made these super cheap boxing shoes for $24.99. Some guy in my gym got them and I tried them on and man, what a piece-of-crap they were. I never went back to Asics. Thing is, they do make good wrestling shoes at higher price points, so I imagine they would be able to produce good boxing shoes. Maybe you’ll like them, I think they’re worth a try.

Lonsdale to me is like the Everlast of the UK. They make consumer-grade boxing products for the casual boxer-athlete market. I’m going to guess their quality is similar and that their boxing shoes are probably not all that. Then again, I’ve never tried them so I can’t really comment on it.

Luckily, many of these brands can be even be found at regular sporting goods stores, so you can try on different models and see which shapes and features you like.

 

What boxing shoes are most popular in gyms?

Can you use wrestling shoes for boxing?

Some people will even wear wrestling shoes. I hear wrestling shoes can be used for boxing (whereas the reverse is not recommended). I’ve never tried and I imagine it probably might be ok considering how similar the wrestling shoes are built to boxing shoes. I imagine wrestling shoes probably have more grip on the outside edges than boxing shoes and built to be more durable considering the sport has you scrambling along the ground at all angles. Whereas boxing has you mainly stay on your feet so boxing shoes might be built more to be lightweight rather than for a complete 360-degree all-around durability.

I have also heard that wrestling shoes are bit more grippy than boxing shoes (which is bad because it will be harder to pivot). You may also notice that shoe models will be sold both for wrestling as well as for boxing. Just beware that if you’re going to buy wrestling shoes online, read the reviews to make sure they say it lets you pivot on the balls of your feet.

 

The most popular boxing shoes

Nike and Adidas will always be the most popular (Nike still way more popular than Adidas). If those two brands don’t suit your taste, try going for Rival. If you want to spend lots of money for custom gear, try Grant. Asics and Rival can also be seen sometimes. I think Rival might be more popular depending where you go.

I feel that only amateurs and smaller guys will wear low-top shoes. Bigger guys and taller guys, tend to go for med or high-tops. I also noticed Adidas (when you do see them) are more often worn by the seasoned fighters, not so much by the newbies. Pros and seasoned amateurs are more likely to wear high-tops. If it matters to you, I would say about 80% of pro boxers wear Nike med-top boxing shoes, the other 20% wear Nike high-tops.

To help out everybody else: leave a comment below and share what experiences you’ve had with different brands and models of boxing shoes. Describe your body (height, weight, thick or thin calves, wide or narrow feet, flat or high arch), what boxing shoes you bought, and your experience with them (comfort, performance, durability).

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40 Comments

Ty May 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Awesome to see an article from you again Johnny, i’ve been checking everyday and have been rewarded at last. Thanks for the hard work, I hope to see more in the future.

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Johnny N May 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Thanks for reading, Ty! More to come. 🙂

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Benten May 26, 2016 at 2:38 am

Yaaaaaaaay he’s Back!!! Johnny it’s 2016 welcome back

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mike sandelier December 2, 2016 at 12:50 am

So, here goes it, I wrestled my entire life , state champ 2 times in NJ, HALLA! google me if ya want, haha, naaaa please don’t haha, and I always found that the shoes had no support, wrestling shoes. That being said!!!! I tried boxing shoes, my buddies at bestboxingshoes.net , Jimmy G , shouted back at me and told me about the Rival RSX Boxing Boots, as you can see on this page , listen up, I loved them, I thought the support was there!!!! I wore them my last year and i wished I wore them throughout my wrestling career..Right , people probably think I was wacky, well, I wasn’t, ahhh, Anyway… Keep it up with the reviews, i have a kid now so I want to know the latest 🙂

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Michael May 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

Great article my man! As for me, I wanna say I find Rival Guerrero 2 very comfortable. They’re also good for those who has wide feet, but even if you have normal feet, your foot won’t be wobbling. Also there’s a new brand called “Adams Boxing”. And it’s really popular now among all the boxers. I saw Victor Ortiz wearing them, Willie Monroe jr, lots of fighters in Ten Goose gym etc etc. And they all say those Adams shoes are the most comfortable shoes they ever worn. They look like Floyd Mayweather’s Reebok shoes also. They cost around $150-200.

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Johnny N May 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Yeah, I hear many people wanted to get Floyd’s Reebok but somebody in the forums said they were hard to find and not available to the public it seems.

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Michael May 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

I have not tried any shoes but Rival Guerrero 2 but I can tell they’re very comfortable and I can say for sure they’re better than most Adidas. Cos I saw many guys in the gym with Adidas ones and they all tear apart within 6-12 months, the sole gets all flat and slippery, threads start falling out and stuff like that. If anything, I saw a boxing match a few weeks ago where a guy was wearing Adidas shoes and the sole fell off LMAO, they were trying to fix it with duct tape throughout the whole fight. Was hilarious. So I really recommend Rival Guerrero 2 over Adidas shoes for the same price, I believe they go for $70-80 on their official website. 🙂

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Gradin May 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

I’ve worn Adidas box hogs, Rival RX1, and ASICS split second 9. ASICS by far were the best, very light weight and grippy. But it’s so true that boxing in a boxing (wrestling) shoe vs gym shoes is night and day.

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Julius May 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Hey Johnny, other than custom dentist mouthguards, any recommendations on a good quality mouthguard? I was looking at the Title Triple Gel Shox or the Sisu 2.4. Opinions?

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Johnny N May 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Hey Julius, I never tried the Title one. I’ll put out a mouthguard review article soon to help everyone.

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Julius May 30, 2016 at 12:50 am

Alright, thanks Johnny…and welcome back! lol

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Josh July 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Yes a mouthguard article would be awesome – your site was the first place I searched for advice and I was surprised there wasn’t an article.

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Benten May 26, 2016 at 2:41 am

Have you ever considered doing film studies on your youtube channel?

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Johnny N May 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm

I’ve thought about it, yes. Will try one sometime. It’s a great way to show concepts in use.

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ronaldi May 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm

welcome back bro.. and still you dont like any everlast gear
hahaaa..

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Noah May 28, 2016 at 6:30 am

Welcome back Johnny!

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Victor May 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

I had the Roy Jones Jr boxing shoes that were popular in the early 2000’s. Horrible boxing shoe, very bulky like a work boot and just plain and simple had a weird design! Very hard to even put in your feet! But looked pretty tight in pics

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Manny May 31, 2016 at 1:57 am

Great article, wished I found this sooner.

Got myself a pair of Adidas Ring Wizard because of the brand (implying quality) and looks. Even though it was mid to high top, the cuff provided little to no support. Also, I found the sole too tapered, making it easy to roll my ankles, although it was light and thin and gave me good movement.

Is that the case of most boxing shoes or did I just pick a bad model? I have rolled both my ankles and rely heavily on my footwork and movements. Appreciate any response/suggestions!

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Johnny N May 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm

I’ve never used the Ring Wizard so I can’t tell you but it sounds to me you want a shoe with a little more material and one that feels less “naked”.

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Mark June 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

I wear the Adidas Ring Wizard myself and honestly can’t imagine fighting in any other shoe. It is a very light shoe, but I like that, and the fit (for me) is perfect- literally the best fitting shoe I have ever worn of any type. They’ve also lasted 2 years and hundreds of rounds of sparring (and 5 fights) so the quality is excellent (the sole is finally starting to peel). I can’t at all relate to the earlier comment about poor quality for Adidas

That said I am a big fan of Rival products, so I would certainly be open to trying a Rival shoe.

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Fist of FURY May 31, 2016 at 10:21 am

Johnny, what do you think about Fury-Klitschko rematch and Fury’s progress in the ring? I’ve seen a lot of his fights and i’m surprised how can such big and a bit overweight guy have such great footwork and body movement. What do you think about the rematch?

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Johnny N May 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I was definitely surprised that he could beat Klitschko but when I saw some of the replays, it did make some sense. Many of the guys who lost to Klitschko were trying to come in on him with bombs, which is something he was used to. Fury did it by being long and awkward and also had a bit of his own speed and 10 years younger. I like to think Klitschko was just having an off night and will find a way to just be more aggressive in the rematch and win that easily but a part of me feels Fury will win again and possibly more confidently.

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Waffles May 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm

I’m 5’10 and hover around 175 lbs. I have the Nike Speed sweep and they are good but unfortunately they are a bit narrow for me. Eventually I’m going to try the Rival Guerrero and hopefully they would accommodate my wide feet.

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Tobi June 2, 2016 at 1:30 am

I’m from Germany and there Adidas is truly the go-to brand for boxing shoes. I love their new Adidas Adizero boxing boots and also like the Tyguns very much. I find it ridiculus that the Boxhog goes for 100 $. Here it costs mostly around 40 – 50 € and is mostly the first pair of shoes a beginning boxer gets when he wants his first boxing boots

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Jean June 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Any suggestions on a shoe for women? Would you recommend the same shoes for kickboxing? I found your site recently and I really like all the info! Thanks!

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sacha June 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Hey Johnny! Its great to see you back! Love the website! I;ve been boxing for a few years now and have gone through 3 pairs of shoes. The first were everlast and they were good for begginning but I didn’t like how the sole came off/unglued and how the shoe/ soul shifted after a few months. Then I tried another crappy pair which shouldn’t even be mentioned and recently I bought a pair of Adidas wrestling boots and I love them! Light weight, strong, the soul covering goes above the toes to keep the shoe tight. I highly recommend at least trying on a few pairs when thinking of buying new boxing boots!

Ps.Its true they are a bit grippy at first, but they have smoothed out nicely now.

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DANO June 27, 2016 at 4:48 am
Andi July 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

Johnny, Surely the biggest factor in how the fit of a boxing shoe feels on the foot is how the shoe is laced up. There are several different ways of lacing. The way that is used is up to the boxer.

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Marcel August 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

I’m a boxer myself( well, being doing it since 6 months at least but I hope heart counts more than years) and can vouch for the benefits of buying a good pair of boxing shoes. A word of caution though; if your boxing gym is like my, with concrete floors, I would suggest to wear either a good pair of running shoes or better yet, a pair of training shoes that’s a bit more versatile and way more cushioned than boxing shoes for pretty much all activity outside the padded ring.

Trust me, running, jump ropes, do jumps and such is a foot killer when it happens on hard surfaces.

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Russ August 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I work out on a heavy bag and speed bag at my local gym. Are boxing shoes ok to wear on a wooden floor surface? I didn’t know if they were specifically designed to be used in a ring or if being on wood/cement flooring would hurt them or not.

Thanks for any info you can provide!

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Dario September 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm

i’ve owned 3 pairs of boxhog, the first two lasted me like 2 years or so… imho, is an awesome shoe, even when it seems to wear out and brake, its still perfectly capable of doing its work. Gotta say the sole wear off pretty fast especially if you like to skip the rope alot. That’s the only con i’d say.

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Milen October 6, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Hi i am from Bulgaria and dont know where to buy boxing shoes can you recomend a websait that ships to my country

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Axel October 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Axel October 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Vibram Fivefingers seem like they’d be a natural for boxing shoes. Very thin sole and zero drop make me feel quick, nimble, and ninja-like. I think the KSO model would be best for boxing. Here’s a link, but it’s best to try them on at a store: https://www.amazon.com/FiveFingers-KSO-Mens-Black-Vibram/dp/B004DSO4P2/ref=sr_1_2?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1475964896&sr=1-2&nodeID=679255011&keywords=vibram+five+fingers+kso

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Johnny N October 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

Not quite…I find their sole to be too thick, stiff, and inflexible compared to boxing soles. I’m also not sure their separated toes give more support for pivoting during punching. And lastly, their ankle support is non-existent. Sure, you’ll make feel very agile like your feet are naked but you also might feel unsupported and nothing like what you experience in boxing shoes.

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Raed Al-Sabbab October 10, 2016 at 3:36 am

Hello Coach Johnny,

Can I use the boxing shoes also for running ? Some people say that the boxing shoes are only great to use in the boxing gym to do the other stuff except running, such as (Skipping rope, Shadow Boxing, Bagwork, etc.)

Thank you

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Johnny N October 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

Boxing shoes are definitely not made for running. Their sole is much thinner than the soles on running shoes. So if you use boxing shoes for running, the soles will wear out quickly. Also, some boxing shoes have “ankle support” which restrict your natural ankle movements while running.

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Micheal December 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm

I have not tried any shoes but Rival Guerrero 2 but I can tell they’re very comfortable and I can say for sure they’re better than most Adidas. Cos I saw many guys in the gym with Adidas ones and they all tear apart within 6-12 months, the sole gets all flat and slippery, threads start falling out and stuff like that. If anything, I saw a boxing match a few weeks ago where a guy was wearing Adidas shoes and the sole fell off LMAO, they were trying to fix it with duct tape throughout the whole fight. Was hilarious. So I really recommend Rival Guerrero 2 over Adidas shoes for the same price, I believe they go for $70-80 on their official website.

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Jack December 16, 2016 at 3:53 am

I have not tried any shoes but Rival Guerrero 2 but I can tell they’re very comfortable and I can say for sure they’re better than most Adidas. Cos I saw many guys in the gym with Adidas ones and they all tear apart within 6-12 months, the sole gets all flat and slippery, threads start falling out and stuff like that. If anything, I saw a boxing match a few weeks ago where a guy was wearing Adidas shoes and the sole fell off LMAO, they were trying to fix it with duct tape throughout the whole fight. Was hilarious. So I really recommend Rival Guerrero 2 over Adidas shoes for the same price, I believe they go for $70-80 on their official website Like http://www.boxingglovesguides.com.

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Mencho December 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Great article my man! As for me, I wanna say I find Rival Guerrero 2 very comfortable. They’re also good for those who has wide feet, but even if you have normal feet, your foot won’t be wobbling. Also there’s a new brand called “Adams Boxing”. And it’s really popular now among all the boxers. I saw Victor Ortiz wearing them, Willie Monroe jr, lots of fighters in Ten Goose gym etc etc. And they all say those Adams shoes are the most comfortable shoes they ever worn. They look like Floyd Mayweather’s Reebok shoes also. They cost around $150-200.http://www.boxingglovesguides.com

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