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