April 3, 2017 0:00

// Boxing and martial arts

High-quality boxers give the athlete stability in the ring, confidence in their movements, and also protect the foot and shin from injury. Boxers are very similar to wrestlers, but still have some differences in details and designs. To get the expected result from boxers, you need to take into account some nuances when choosing them.


Boxers are made of synthetic materials, as well as light leather or suede. The breathability of shoes is directly related to the comfort of the athlete. “Deaf” models, even made of genuine leather, cannot provide the necessary air circulation. Therefore, some manufacturers use mesh as a material to eliminate the feeling of heaviness in the legs, which may occur due to the accumulation of sweat.


The sole of the boxers is textured. Its most common pattern is “herringbone”. This technology of the sole gives an anti-slip effect and provides the dynamics of the boxer’s movements in the ring, as well as forward and backward traction during lunges and deflections.


One of the well-known manufacturers of sports shoes – Adidas actively uses modern technologies to improve the ventilation of shoes and the adhesion of the sole to the surface. Special ventilation ducts remove moisture and lower the temperature inside the shoes, providing optimal control over the humidity level. The sole is made of a special rubber compound, which is characterized by wear resistance and excellent adhesion to the surface, even with a low weight of the athlete.

The famous British brand Lonsdale is also loved by many world-class athletes for its outstanding design and soft, durable sole, which combines several types of rubber. Boxers of this company sit well on the leg, hold the foot tightly and fix the heel. The upper part is made of synthetic material that allows the leg to “breathe”. The toe and heel are made of high-quality leather or suede.

Green Hill is another worthy manufacturer of shoes for boxing and other martial arts. The quality of the shoes meets the requirements of international organizations: durable non-slip sole, light weight, comfortable microclimate inside, decent protection of the athlete’s feet. The models of this company are wear-resistant, while their price remains affordable. In 2004, GREEN HILL received recognition from the International Amateur Boxing Organization for the high quality of boxing equipment.

Ankle Height

Boxers are most at risk of ankle injury. Properly selected boxers perform the function of protecting the legs from injury, they securely fix the athlete’s ankle with laces and Velcro.

Boxers can be different in height. Depending on the style of boxing, the following types are distinguished:

High boxers – the length of the boot reaches 1/3 of the lower leg, up to 25 cm in height. They are warmer and heavier than the low models. The high boot additionally supports the calf and lower leg, securely fixes the ankle, protecting it from injury during combat. But you need to choose boxers of this model very carefully. If the shoes are chosen incorrectly, then there may be a violation of blood circulation in the athlete’s legs. This will cause not only discomfort during the fight, but also harm the boxer’s health.

Medium boxers – the length of the boot from 15 to 20 cm. These boxers are an intermediate option. They fix the ankle, but the leg, at the same time, remains mobile. This model is suitable for those who are not ready to sacrifice safety and want to minimize the risk of injury.

Low boxers – the length of the boot from 10 to 15 cm. This is the lightest model that does not overload the leg with excess weight and does not limit its mobility. Such boxers, first of all, protect the foot from dislocations and unsuccessful landings. They are more suitable for athletes who prefer the technique of rapid movement in the ring.

Ideally, have several pairs of shoes, as professional athletes do, because each of the models is designed for certain conditions and techniques of combat.

Size matters

When choosing boxers, you need to pay attention to the completeness of the pads and the length of the insole. If you choose the wrong size, the whole set of technologies laid down by the manufacturer will not make sense. Shoes not only will not bring the desired result, but can also cause discomfort for its owner. Boxers should fit snugly to the leg, securely fix the foot, but, at the same time, do not constrain the athlete’s movements.

Shoes should be made of high-quality materials, meet the conditions and purposes of its use, protect from injury, be comfortable and just like it. Only then will the boxer be able to concentrate as much as possible on the fight and the opponent, without being distracted by the discomfort in the equipment.

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