Best Martial Arts Shoes

List of the Best Martial Arts Shoes

This page looks at the best martial arts shoes. These are our favorite martial arts shoes for martial arts such as Taekwondo, Karate, MMA, Krav Maga, etc. These elite martial arts shoes include Adidas, ASICS, Feiyue, Mooto, Ringstar and many more. These shoes are used for a variety of martial arts workouts such as sparring, grappling, breaking techniques, etc.

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Shoes by Martial Arts Style

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Shoes – BJJ students mainly train with bare feet. Some BJJ schools allow the use of wrestling shoes but this can tear up the skin of grappling partners.
  • Boxing Shoes – Boxing shoes can be high-top or low-top shoes. High-top boxing shoes give more ankle support whereas low-top boxing shoes provide better maneuverability.
  • Karate Shoes – Some Karate schools use shoes for sparring, practice, etc. They are often laceless in order to avoid injuring a sparring/practice partner with the “whip” of a shoe lace.
  • Krav Maga Shoes – Krav Maga students traditionally use wrestling shoescross training sneakers or bare feet.
  • Kung Fu Shoes – This tend to be traditional canvas Chinese martial arts shoes.
  • MMA Grappling Socks – Grappling socks are used by some MMA fighters during training in order to get a better grip (less sliding) and to reduce potential injuries to their grappling partners (i.e. no hard wrestling shoe to the face).
  • Muay Thai Ankle Support – Muay Thai fighters often fight with their bare feet. However, many use ankle support or ankle wraps in order to provide a little support to their ankles, help reduce slipping on sweat, provide at least minimal foot protection when kicking, etc.
  • Sandals – Traditional Japanese sandals. Think of Samurai movies. 🙂
  • Sparring Footwear – Sparring protective footwear.
  • Ninjutsu Tabi Shoes – Tabi shoes are the famous Japanese split-toe shoes often seen in Ninja movies.
  • Taekwondo Shoes – Some Taekwondo schools use shoes for sparring, breaking, practice, etc. They are often laceless in order to avoid injuring a sparring/practice partner with the “whip” of a shoe lace.
  • Tai Chi Shoes – Tai Chi shoes tend to look like martial arts “slippers”. They are geared towards allowing feet to turn more easily than a regular sneaker as they have less floor “grip”.
  • Wrestling & Grappling Shoes – Shoes for MMA, Wrestling, etc.

Martial Arts Shoes by Manufacturer (i.e. Adidas) – Click on the main brand name for a wider variety of shoes (as we have listed only a few of the best examples of each brand below).

 

Cross Training Shoes – Wear these shoes when you are working on conditioning outside the dojo!

Misc. Martial Arts Foot & Leg Gear

  • Ankle Sleeves – Ankle support for training.
  • Ankle Wraps
  • Compression Socks
  • Foot & Ankle Braces – These braces are designed to help injured feet & ankles.
  • Shoe Glue – Your martial arts shoes will start to fall apart due to the abuse from martial arts training. You can extend their life by repairing minor damage (i.e. loose soles) with shoe glue.

Sparring Foot Gear

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Best Martial Arts Shoes

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