How To Choose The Right Wrestling Shoes
by: Donald Yacono
A Quick History Lesson About The Sport of Wrestling
Wrestling is the world's oldest sport. Evidence of wrestling can
be traced all the way back to ancient Egyptian times. The first
Olympic wrestling match was recorded in 708 BC. The earliest form
of wrestling proved to be a violent contest between two combatants.
But much of the brutality was eliminated as the Romans introduced a
less violent version of the sport. Wrestling remained popular
throughout the Middle Ages in countries such as England, France,
Wrestling continued to increase in popularity as it found its
way to America by way of the early colonists. The sport was also
quite popular among Native Americans. The “catch-as-catch-can“
style finally developed into the modern form of collegiate
The first national wrestling tournament took place in New York
City in 1988. The first modern day Olympic Wrestling Match was held
in 1904 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The first NCAA Wrestling
Championships were held in 1912 in Ames, Iowa.
Some Important Considerations When Purchasing Wrestling Shoes
Finding The Correct Size
The first thing you should do is measure your foot to determine
your normal shoe size. A typical pair of wrestling shoes will
generally run one half to one full size larger than your normal
shoes. Keep in mind that your new wrestling shoes will probably
stretch somewhat after a few practices. Remember, the fit should be
When shopping for wrestling shoes, you can rely on “battle
tested brands” such as Asics, Nike, Adidas, Infinity, and Brute.
You can purchase these popular brand name shoes online or at
typical “brick and mortar” stores. A good quality-wrestling shoe
will normally last a year or two. It all depends on how much you
wrestle. Keep in mind that comfort is extremely important. Look for
a shoe that features a good rubber sole and high ankle support. The
higher quality wrestling shoes are made out of a lightweight
material that breathes well. It is recommended that you try on
several different brands to find the one best suited for you. Don’t
hesitate to ask the salesperson for help. If you are still not sure
which shoe to purchase, try to get a recommendation from your coach
or your teammates.
Color and Style
Many manufacturers offer a wide selection of colors to choose
from. Select a color that agrees with you and goes well with your
Choose either a split sole or a non-split sole shoe. Split sole
shoes tend to be a little more comfortable and provide better
Wrestling shoes generally range in price from $30.00 up to
$125.00. It is recommended that you purchase a more affordable
style if you are new to the sport. If you are operating on a really
tight budget, you may want to consider purchasing a used pair. You
might even try to strike a deal on a used pair of shoes with one of
your teammates. The Internet is also a good place to locate and
purchase used wrestling equipment.
Some Key Points To Remember…
Your wrestling shoes must have a nice snug fit to them. Make
sure that you have selected a pair, which features a strong sole
and high ankle support.
About The Author
Donald Yacono is the Owner and Webmaster at http://www.1st-in-shoes.com.
An online discount shoes store featuring approximately 300
brands of discount footwear for the whole family, shoe reviews,
24/7-shoe fashion news feed, and helpful foot cares articles.