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First Tip On Buying Wrestling Shoes
When you are ready to buy wrestling shoes start at WrestlingGear.Com that is of course our first tip, but seriously there are a bunch of reasons.
- We offer a sizing guarantee. So you will get free shipping back and forth if you just need to exchange a pair of wrestling shoes.
- WrestlingGear.Com offers a wide range of wrestling shoes from Nike, adidas, and ASICS
- Each and every wrestling shoe has sizing recommendations. So we tell you how they should fit and we tell you how to order them. We don't even need to see you to tell you what shoe to start out with. All we need is your normal gym shoe size and we will be able to tell you what wrestling shoe to start out with.
- Final reason to buy is you will be able to see your wrestling shoes from a variety of angles and several wrestling shoes pages have videos where we will show you a 360 degree view of the shoe along with what we like and what we don't like about a wrestling shoe. Than you can decide what you want in a shoe.
I suspect many of you reading this article have never bought wrestling shoes before or have not bought wrestling shoes in quite some time. So we are going to start out with some basics. This is the process I take my customers through that come into our store. Of course we can't size your foot, but we have been selling online since 1998 and sizing people over the phone and web so we know how to do this without seeing your athlete. The main piece of knowledge you need is your wrestler's normal gym shoe size (or sneaker or tennis shoe size). Have your wrestler try on the gym shoes in front of you. Make note if they fit, if it's time for a new pair of gym shoes than get those fit or start with what you think your wrestler will be wearing. This step is very important to figuring out what shoes you are looking for. Many shoes do come in all sizes.
The next step is to figure out what shoes you can buy. We have two general sizing groups. Youth and Adult wrestling shoes. Generally youth wrestling shoes start at a 10K or 10 Toddler up until about a size 5 or size 6.0. So a normal size run for what we consider a Youth wrestling shoe is 10 Toddler, 11 Toddler, 12 Toddler, 12.5 Toddler (Nike only)), 13 Toddler, 1, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0. Now all shoes do not come in half sizes. Some only come in whole sizes. What I would recommend if you are just starting out the search is to start at our Youth Wrestling Shoes page. Then figure out what shoes you like. In general, you will need to add a half size to your normal gym shoe size. So if you are a size 1.0 in a gym shoe, you will be looking at a size 1.5. Or if you are a 10 Toddler, you will want to go up to the next available size which would be an 11 Toddler in most shoes.
Adult wrestling shoes normally will come in the following sizes, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.0, 10.5, 11.0, 11.5, 12.0, 12.5, 13.0, 14.0, 15.0. We currently offer all those shoes in that size run. We don't offer size 16.0 wrestling shoes and they no longer make 17.0 and 18.0. If you need anything over a size 16, you likely are going to have to work with the coach to see if he can get a waiver from your State Association to wear basketball shoes on the mat. We have seen wrestlers in Illinois get this waiver.
Once you do some research and you have narrowed it down to a particular size and color. You can use general size guidelines - just confirm the sizing recommendations for that particular shoe. For example, if you have decided to look for a blue wrestling shoes. Type in wrestling shoes in our search box. Then you can pull up all the blue wrestling shoes by using the drop downs in the Refine Your Search section at the top of the search results. Then say you are a size 5.0 wrestling shoes. Select a size 5.5 and our site will pull up all the size wrestling shoes that should fit you that come in Blue.
If you have narrowed down your search to a particular brand, search for that particular brand. Type in "brand wrestling shoes." For brands we carry Nike, adidas, and ASICS. If you want to narrow down your search by size. For Nike, add a full size to your wrestlers normal gym shoe. For adidas, add a 1/2 size to most shoes. The adistars (the high end shoe), runs true to fit so those we recommend ordering just your normal gym shoe size. For Asics, add a 1/2 size to all shoes.
You can also use the Refinement drop downs to only pull up a certain price range you are looking at. So say you only want to spend $50, select the $35 to $60 price range and our site will pull up just those shoes in that price range.
Wide Wrestling Shoes
Wrestlers tend to have wide feet so don't worry that your wrestler has wide feet. We have wide wrestling shoes that will work for you. I write with experience, I have wrestled and coached for over 25 years and wear a EEE in a dress shoe. For the most part if you have a EE or EEE width in a gym shoe or dress shoe, you should be fine looking at wrestling shoes that do not have zippers. adidas wrestling shoes and Nike tend to be cut a little wider than Asics, although we have some customers that swear Asics wrestling shoes fit their wide feet the best.
If your budget allows it, spend a little more money on your shoes as the more expensive ones will stretch a little better.
Now if your wrestler is a EEEE or EEEE width or even a bigger EEE width, you probably do want to look at our wide wrestling shoes. With the understanding that even our wide wrestling shoes are only about a EEE width. So no matter what shoe you buy, it's going to be tight out of the box. You will just have to stretch it out. Usually leaving the laces loose when you first get the shoes will allow the shoes to stretch out over time.
Sometimes if you have a real wide foot you may need to go up an extra half size than what we recommend. This will give you some additional width in the larger shoe, but this also means there will be more room in the toe. It's a balancing act between width and length. So say your gym shoe is a 11.0 EEE, you will likely want to start out with a 12.0 EEE in our wide shoes.
Currently, the Nike Inflicts and Nike Takedowns are your best bet if you have a wide foot. Although they are not labelled as a wide shoe, they do run wide enough for most 4E width wrestlers to make them work. Our owner wears them and has a 4E gym shoe. Just be sure to add the 1 full size to your wrestlers gym shoe size (not his wrestling shoes).
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