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Choosing the Perfect Wrestling Shoes | WG Blog

Posted by Jeffrey Pape on

There are a number of options out there for those looking for the perfect wrestling shoes. We all know that choosing the right shoe can have a major impact on our performance. Before deciding on a pair, there are several questions one should ask himself:

• What makes the best wrestling shoe?
• What materials work best for wrestling?
• Is the shoe light enough to wrestle in?
• Does the shoe fit properly?

Design Simplicity

Wrestlers need simple, good looking shoes. Simplicity is key, since wrestlers need clean, straight lines, with no extra 'bling' or molding. Look for quality, which can be found at a good price. Wrestling Gear offers a large selection of top wrestling shoe brands. You can shop by budget, top sellers, new arrivals and more. The great thing is we are wrestlers ourselves. We wouldn't sell you a shoe that we wouldn't use for our own matches or recommend to a friend.

Flat, lightweight shoes are excellent for the sport. Comfort is always important, which includes looking for shoes that come in a custom width. Everyone's foot is different, so a shoe line that offers custom sizing is a bonus. Any excess width or length will just get in the way when you’re wrestling. The shoes should fit like a glove to be 'perfect'. Choosing the wrong size can leave you tripping over your own feet during a match.


Typically, wrestlers need a shoe that is light and laces up, and will benefit from extra ankle support as well. It is a good idea to look for shoes that go a bit higher up on the ankle when deciding on the right shoe. This helps with mobility as well as ankle protection. Split soles offer extra traction and comfort.


The materials that your wrestling shoes are made from should be lightweight, durable and breathe well. Common materials found in wrestling shoes include mesh, leather, and synthetic fabrics.

All in all, the perfect wrestling shoe will be breathable, the right size, simple and light. No wrestler needs extra bells and whistles on his shoes, he simply needs a shoe that is durable and dependable, that fits perfectly.