How to Buy Wrestling Shoes

If you're buying shoes for the first time or replacing an old pair this article will help ensure you get the most from your purchase.

Size
The first step is 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.

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.

Price
Next, you need to determine your budget 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 shoes from an older wrestler or even eBay. Generally, the more expensive shoes are lighter and more comfortable.

Color
Once you've determined your budget, 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.

Style
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.

Brand
Finally your last option is to choose the brand. 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 te best recommendation will come from someone you know.

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