Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Right Shoe For You.

How To Buy Wrestling Shoes:

If you're buying shoes for the first time or replacing an old pair this article will ensure you get the most from your purchase.
The first step is to establish the size you need.  Each manufacturer has different recommendations.  Most wrestling shoes now run true to size, but they tend to run narrow.  So, If you have a wide foot you may have to move up a half size.  For younger wrestlers you should probably add a full size to their normal shoe size.  This way their shoes will last longer, especially if your son or daughter is growing quickly. However, if your wrestler is an elite athlete, it's important that shoe's aren't to big.  Most shoe will stretch after a couple of practices.  So if you find that the shoes are to tight, don't wear them to practice as most retailers won't let you replace worn shoes.

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 the 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 a older wrestler.  Generally, the more expensive shoes are lighter and more comfortable but are not necessarily more durable.

Once you've determined your budget, you'll need to consider the colors your wrestler will want.  Manufacturers including Adidas, Asics, offer a wide variety of colors.  The color you choose is entirely up to you.

The next step is determine whether you want a split sole or a non split sole.  Most manufacturers offer split sole wrestling shoes.  Asics offer both split sole and single sole wrestling 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.  Adidas, and Asics have been manufacturing shoes for many years have have the best following with elite wrestlers.  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 how much 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 which shoe to buy, try asking those around you who have been wrestling  for a while.  Sometimes the best recommendation will come from someone you know or ask your coach.