Difference Between Boxing & Wrestling Shoes

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Difference Between Boxing & Wrestling Shoes
It is always important to use the proper footwear for each athletic event. (Boys High School Wrestling 1 image by alice rawson from Fotolia.com)

Wrestling and boxing require specific athletic gear to compete in the sports. Besides protective gear, specific shoes enhance balance, provide traction, and give support to the athlete. The shoes are thin and made of durable fabrics for years of use. Although boxing and wrestling involve a lot of physical contact, there are specific shoes for each sport.

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Size

You should buy wrestling shoes that are up to one size larger than your regular shoe size. The shoes should fit very well, and be on the snug side. It is important to remember that the shoes will stretch slightly after using them a few times. Boxing shoes run about the same size as a normal shoe. You should try on the shoes before choosing which ones to purchase.

Rise

The rise of the athletic shoe differs from one sport to the other. While boxing shoes are generally offered in three different heights, wrestling shoes should have a high ankle to offer support. Boxing shoes come in high-tops, mid-rise, or low tops. You should try each type to see which fits your needs.

Wrestling shoes should have a high ankle to help prevent injury. Although both shoes are designed to support the ankle, the boxing shoe offers more options in the rise of the ankle.

Materials

Boxing and wrestling shoes come in many different types of materials. Wrestling shoes are made with a light weight fabric. The fabric is very close fitting and durable so it does not tear during competition. Boxing shoes come in a variety of materials, most created to keep the foot cool with ventilation. Boxing shoes should be light weight and cool since sweat will cause the shoes to become heavier and may lessen the boxer's stamina.

Sole

Wrestling shoes are made with rubber soles. Wrestling shoes come in split sole or non-split sole options. The split sole offers more comfort and traction. Dave Toub, the author of "Boxing Shoes: Some Important Features," suggests that boxing soles should be made of leather to give the athlete traction. The sole needs to be as comfortable as possible for the quick moves of the boxer, and offer breath ability to keep his feet cool and dry.

Price

Wrestling shoes generally cost £19 to £81. If price is a concern, consider purchasing used shoes or lower-end brands. A good pair of top-brand boxing shoes will cost around £77.

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