Do you need boxing shoes to train?


If you’re just boxing to lose weight then you can usually get away with using your running or regular gym shoes.

You can even train barefoot if you want. That’s what I do because I like to throw in several kicking drills from time to time.

If you want to go hard core though and are interested in joining boxing matches later on, then it’s probably better for you to get used to moving around in boxing shoes.

Boxing Shoes

If you’re going to end up fighting using boxing shoes, then you should get used to training with them. That way there’ll be no surprises during your actual matches.

This is an important consideration when you start training.

The same logic applies to barefoot training.

I mentioned earlier that I train barefoot. I do it because I eventually plan to move up to heavy Muay Thai and jiu Jitsu training. Since these don’t really require shoes, I’m trying to get used to moving around barefoot.

So decide what your future goals are and from there, you’ll know if it’s necessary for you to train with boxing shoes or without.

Of course if you’ve got the extra cash, you can just go ahead and buy one if you really want to own a pair.

Now on to the two types of boxing shoes you can get

In case you decide to buy shoes for boxing, here are the two kinds you can get (according to my research).

Low top boxing shoes

These are usually built with straps to ensure maximum security. A decent one should be made of leather because it allows your feet to breath or of synthetic material with a breathable design. Grip strength should also be very good and this is normally achieved with a specially designed rubber sole. These types of shoes usually look like your normal running shoes

High Top Boxing Shoes

These should also have the same as the above characteristics to be considered good. It should have good grip so that you can move about freely. It’s often laced up but sometimes it’s strapped as well. These have better support for the ankles which is why they’re more popular. You’ll notice that most professional fighters prefer these to the low top ones.

I think the best way to really know which one is good for you is to ask your trainer. After boxing for several months, and when you’re sure that you’re going to keep boxing for a long time, have a chat with your trainer about getting some boxing shoes.

Wherever you’re training there are bound to be a lot of professional and/or amateur boxers so you’ll be able to get great advice from them on which type and what brand you should get.

Hope this post was useful in some way. I can’t really do an in-depth post about boxing shoes because, like I said, I don’t really use them. There aren’t that many who use them at Elorde actually.

Most people just stick to their gym shoes. Although I have seen one guy using Vibram Five Fingers to box and that looked pretty cool.

Anyway, that’s it for this post.

Happy training.

Drop me a comment below if you need to ask me anything or if you just want to say hi :).

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  1. Spui 4 November, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Hi! Your blog posts are such a big help. I’ve basically read them all. Do you know any decent boxing gyms within Manila? Aside from Elorde, that is. 🙂

    • Malds 5 November, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Hmmm your best bet would be to join an MMA gym I think. I’m guessing that maybe you’re not satisfied with the training at elorde and are looking for something more intense. It’s not going to be just boxing, pero they all teach boxing naman. Like I train at . Medyo nag break lang beacuse of finals and I had to go to the province after ng sem, pero balik ako training ulit this month. The one I go to is near nagtahan bridge tho their main branch is in Las Pinas. There are other Yaw Yan gyms i the Cubao area tho.

      Oh and I’ve heard nice things about Fight Factory, I think they teach boxing there. I’m sure they have BJJ and MMA there so I’m guessing merong boxing. You mgiht want to check that out din.

      Any particular reason why you don’t want to go to an Elorde gym?

  2. rem 8 November, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    hey sir!
    I’ve been training quite a while… and my shoes are not for boxing.. because it is just a regular shoes and it is heavy also..
    I just wanted to ask you if you know where to buy original boxing shoes? and what do you prefer the high top or low top?

    • Malds 8 November, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Hey Rem, I never really trained with boxing shoes so I’m not the best person to answer your question. I have a friend who did tho, his name’s FLaky. I asked him about it and here’s his reply. Kinopy paste ko lang haha:

      Ok yung box shoes kasi it forces you to stay on your toes. That’s how they’re designed. If you train with them your footwork will get better. Yung asics ko binili ko dati sa galleria.

      notice the middle part. really forces you on your toes

      low cut easier to wear pero hi cut mas comfortable for me in the long run oh and they really are super light. sarap to bounce around

      • rem 9 November, 2013 at 9:39 am

        ahh okay.. salamat.. nag train nadin kasi ako ng jiu jitsu and muay thai kaya medyo sanay na ako ng naka paa.. kaso iba kasi sa boxing puro footwork tsaka sabi rin ng coach ko na kailangan ko narin mag sapatos.. btw how long are you into boxing?

        • Malds 11 November, 2013 at 2:46 pm

          Me, I boxed for I think 5 maybe 6 years. Now tho I find it cheaper to just focus on martial arts. I only really go back to elorde pag sarado yung gym or pag may friend ako na nagpapasama mag try.

      • Jhe 6 December, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        Bro.. Thanks for the info.. half a year na ko nag boxing at sira na kagad yung running shoes ko.. may idea po ba kayo sa price ng asics boxing shoes?

        • Malds 7 December, 2013 at 4:22 am

          I think bro boxing shoes can range from 3k to 9k. May mga mas mahal pa like 15k and up for the “special ones”, like yung pacquiao stuff. Pero you can prolly find a decent pair cguro for 3-5k.

          I asked my friend na may asics pero he can’t remember how much he got it for haha. Pag mapadaan ako mall update kita.


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