Buying your wrestling shoes
There are several different points you will want to consider when purchasing a pair of shoes off any website. Once you have decided upon which wrestling gear suppliers you should choose from it is time to begin choosing your wrestling shoes. Are you buying shoes for a child? Then youll need Youth Wrestling Shoes. Need a discounted Item? Youll find out how to pick the right clearance shoes. Youll need to decide which shoes you prefer, asics shoes or adidas shoes. Continue on into one of the following catagories:
Youth Wrestling Shoes
Kids wrestling shoes run in sizes K10 through size 6. These are both girls and boys wrestling shoes. They generally run a half size larger than the youth shoe size of a regular street shoe. We suggest getting your young wrestler a pair of cheap shoes, because they will quickly grow out of them and you will find yourself rebuying a new pair each year. For younger wrestlers you should probably add a full size to their normal shoe size. This way the shoes will last longer, especially if your daughter or son is growing quickly. However, if your wrestler is an elite athlete, it' important that the shoe aren't too big. Most shoes will stretch after a couple of practices. So if you find that the shoes are too tight, don't wear them to practice as most retailers won't let you replace worn shoes.
Clearance Wrestling Shoes
When picking a clearance wrestling shoe, you need to understand two things.
1.) Most companys will not have all sizes in stock.
2.) Find the right site to buy clearanced gear. The biggest key to clearance shoe shopping is understanding the websites clearance policy. Most website competitors like wrestlingone.com and wrestlinggear.com do not accept returns on clearance shoes! JR Wrestling (who we go through) believes 100% in the return policy on all of our goods. If you are not 100% satisfied, even on products that are closeout, you can still return our clearance wrestling shoes for credit!
Asics Wrestling Shoes
People generally choose to buy specific brands of wrestling shoes because of the way they fit, how much they cost, the way they are made, and how they look. Asics wrestling shoes generally fit about 1/2 a size larger than an ordinary street shoe. They also have a wider fit on the wearers foot. Asics sells shoes that range from 19.99 (for asics clearance wrestling shoes) to the high performance shoes that run around $125.00!
Adidas Wrestling Shoes
The adidas wrestling shoe generally has a more narrow fit, and also seems to be 1/2 size larger than the common street shoe. Adidas sponsors many more college teams than asics does, and seem to be releasing increasingly popular styles of these shoes.
Size You first need to establish the size you need. Each manufacturer has different recommendations. For example, Asics and Adidas recommend that you add a 1/2 size to your gym shoe size while Nike recommends one full size to your normal gym shoe size. The 1/2 size for Asics and Adidas is a good benchmark.
Next, you need to determine how much you want to spend. Most wrestling shoes range from $40 to well over $100. If you're not sure whether your son or daughter will stay in the sport long enough to get full value from the shoes, it's best to go with the cheaper shoe (especially if the wrestler is a rookie). If your budget is tight you can also buy a pair of used wrestling shoes. Generally, the more expensive shoes are lighter and more comfortable.
Next you'll need to consider the colors your wrestler will want. Manufacturers including Nike, Adidas, Asics, and Brute offer a wide variety of colors. The color you choose is entirely up to you. The the all black color schemes tend to be the most popular options. Don't forget about the color of your wrestling team or singlets. Bright orange wrestling shoes may not look good with red wrestling singlets.
The next step is determine whether you want a split sole shoe or non-split sole. Most manufacturers including Nike, Asics, Adidas and Brute offer split sole wrestling shoes. While Nike, and Asics offer both split sole and single sole shoes. The split sole or single sole debate is entirely up to you. Generally, the split sole shoes cost more, are most comfortable and provide better traction on the mat.
As mentioned, Brute, Adidas, Nike, Infinity, and Asics have been manufacturing shoes for many years and provide great quality products. In many cases your wrestler will get 1-2 years out of these shoes. Elite wrestlers will likely get a good year from a pair of shoes depending on the amount of time they spend on the mat throughout the year. Obviously, like running shoes, the more they wrestle, the more often you'll need to replace the shoes.
If you're still unsure of which shoe to buy, try asking those around you who have been wrestling for a while. Sometimes the best recommendation will come from a wrestler you know.