Question on sparring shoes
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.
Meh, I never liked the ones that were sent to me.
Originally Posted by Omega Supreme
Would the padded shin/instep guards for muy thai, etc be more comfortable than the standard foam shoes:
Last edited by CapnMunchh; 12/24/2013 5:51pm at .
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.
Originally Posted by CapnMunchh
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.