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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.