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CapnMunchh
12/23/2013 11:30am,
Switching schools to a Tang Soo Do school, so I thought Iíd get myself some new sparring shoes. Iíve never liked the old standard vinyl covered foam shoes Ė feels like Iím wearing a couple of tires on my feet. I noticed there are other alternatives, padded shoes with a regular sole made by Ringstar and Fight Pro, but Iím not sure if these are padded well enough. Saw a nice looking pair on Amazon made by Hapkido Gear, but they're out of stock and can't find them anywhere else.

I donít want to wear a less padded shoe than my sparring partners. Does anybody use these? Sparring in my new school is moderate contact to head and body Ė harder than point sparring (points have to be decisive), but not full contact.

Omega Supreme
12/24/2013 4:20pm,
Meh, I never liked the ones that were sent to me.

CapnMunchh
12/24/2013 5:43pm,
Meh, I never liked the ones that were sent to me.

Why not?

Would the padded shin/instep guards for muy thai, etc be more comfortable than the standard foam shoes:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Light-instep-Kickboxing-X-Large/dp/B0084WUP6U/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1387925123&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=muay+tai+shoes

Omega Supreme
12/24/2013 5:58pm,
Why not?

Would the padded shin/instep guards for muy thai, etc be more comfortable than the standard foam shoes:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Light-instep-Kickboxing-X-Large/dp/B0084WUP6U/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1387925123&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=muay+tai+shoes

They were clunky and the didn't seem like they would protect my partner's that well. As for those shin guards; they first came up in 1996 I believe. My first experience with those were through Revgear and were adopted by the American Krav Maga machine at the time. You have to mold them similar to a baseball glove giving the mold 24 hours and offer a lot of protection. It goes through the laces and tends to last a long time but eventually tears at the instep.

In both cases it is a matter of preference. I liked neither but if you have to wear shoes the former are quicker but doesn't offer the same protection.

Kru Ray
12/30/2017 6:31pm,
I've been in Muay Thai for a couple decades and the insteps on most Thai style guards don't cover as much as your typical karate style shoe. Most of the impact is going on the shin with incidental or head kicks coming off on the foot. I think if you are landing shots with your foot most the time, you may want a shoe over shin/instep.