It’s important that when researching the style of wrestling shoe you want, you consider the performance of the shoe for wrestlers of all abilities. Look for the upper part of the shoe to be soft, form-fitting and lightweight. Open mesh top and tongues will also help to control heat and moisture.
With some styles you opt for lace less shoes or simply choose a more traditional lace closure, the decision is up to the consumer. Your choice should fit your son’s personal style. Many types have a synthetic leather that gives support and durability. Both are critical especially since you do not want to have to buy new shoes every season. The more durable and long lasting, the better for your budget.
Other features might include suede, open mesh uppers and other lightweight features that provide breathable durability. Another nice addition to look for is internal webbing that supports and adds strength to the shoe without compromising the weight or feel. Basically, you are wanting to achieve an exceptional sock-like feel.
Many are designed for rough competitions and workouts, offer breathable mesh and freedom of movement. You want to have nice cushioning as well. The outer sole is critical in terms of traction. Usually this is comprised of gum rubber which will give you a sticky traction surface. Having a good outer sole can maximize contact with the mat, this is very important. A little tip is that when you first get the shoe rub the sole on concrete or a brick. This will help to rough up the sole and help to create better traction.
In terms of fit, your measurement may fall between two sizes. If this is the case then just choose the smaller size. This will give you a tighter fit. Otherwise if you choose the larger size it will be a looser fit, which is not desirable for any wrestler. The fit of the shoe is very important. Be sure your child is comfortable in the shoe and is able to move, bend, jump and contort his legs and ankles freely.
The lacing is important to consider as well. The type of shoe closure can provide a perfect adjustment and give you a secure hold to the foot. Heel liners also help to reduce pressure along the back of the foot and heel area. Most all wrestling shoes are laced up high well above the ankle. This provides great protection to the ankle and supports the movement and pressure that is applied here.