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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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