Looking to level up your boxing game?
Dusted through a cheap pair of boxing shoes and want to see which pair might last longer or perform better this go-around?
You have come to the right place.
I am going to discuss what sets Boxing shoes apart, what you can and can not do in boxing shoes, how to scout out the best boxing shoes for you including a list of 17 boxing shoe reviews so you can form an opinion on what will work best for you.
Ready to rumble?
Here we go!
- What’s so Special about Boxing Shoes?
- Can’t I just use My Wrestling Shoes for Boxing?
- My Feet are as Flat and Wide as the State of Kansas, What Boxing Shoes Should I Get?
- I Need a Little Support, What is the Best Boxing Shoe for Me?
- Hey, Can I Run in My Boxing Shoes or Use Them on Concrete?
- How Tight Should my Boxing Shoes Be?
- Mids, Highs or lows?
- Top 17 Best Boxing Shoe Reviews 2018
- Rival Boxing Top Mesh Paneled Guerrero Boots
- adidas Box Hog 2 Boxing Shoes
- Reebok Buck Men’s Boot Boxing Shoe
- Nike HyperKO Boxing Shoes
- Otomix MENS Stingray Escape Boxing Shoe
- Otomix WOMENS Stingray Escape MMA & Boxing Shoe
- Nike Men’s Machomai Mid Boxing Shoes
- Ringside Undefeated High Top Boxing Shoes
- Vibram Men’s KSO EVO Cross Training Shoe
- adidas Performance Men’s Adizero Wrestling XIV Shoes
- Ringside Diablo Muay Thai MMA Wrestling Boxing Shoes
- adidas HVC2 Speed Shoe
- adidas KO Legend 16.2 Men’s Boxing Boots
- TITLE Speed-Flex Encore Mid Boxing Shoes
- Rival Boxing Boots-RSX One-High Tops
- TITLE Bout Champ Exploit Boxing Shoes
- Cleto Reyes Leather Lace Up High Top Boxing Shoes
What’s so Special about Boxing Shoes?
Why not just use your regular gym shoes in the ring?
That is a great question!
Boxing shoes have several advantages over tennis shoes or cross trainers.
- Super flat low profile, almost barefoot style sole make these shoes light, so you stay light on your feet when boxing.
- Ankle support. Boxers make a lot of side to side movement. Think duck and weave. While boxing shoes are designed to move this way, if the foot does catch on the floor, ankle support keeps your ankle from rolling. Ouch.
- Extremely light, well under a pound, even as light as 9 ounces. Boxing shoes are lighter than most gym shoes because it is important to be quick and nimble.
- Very close fitted and foot hugging shoe. They should feel as it they are a part of you, as if they are not even there.
- Rear-forward tread pattern, with easy slide side to side. Boxing shoes are designed with tread that is grippy front ways and back, but tends to slide side to side easier. Cross trainers have different tread patterns that match their intended use.
Can’t I just use My Wrestling Shoes for Boxing?
Just not the other way around. Wrestling shoes work well for boxing. But shoes made for boxing are not great for wrestlers.
The big difference?
The grip on the sole makes them different. Boxers need to be able to quickly slide from side to side, also known as lateral movement. The tread on traditional boxing shoes faces one direction. They have strong front to back grip, but slide easier moving side to side.
Wrestlers need traction in all directions, so the tread pattern provides that. Wrestlers can not use shoes that easily slide side to side or they would be toast on the mat.
They must be able to stand their ground from any angle.
Are they Available?
While boxing shoes are the ideal choice for boxers, the similarity of wrestling shoes makes them an acceptable choice.
The reason many boxers opt for wrestling shoes is availability.
Wrestling shoes can be found in most big box or sporting goods stores, while boxing shoes are more challenging to come IRL, but it is easy to find boxing shoes online.
My Feet are as Flat and Wide as the State of Kansas, What Boxing Shoes Should I Get?
Overall Rival makes the best boxing shoes for wide feet and a pretty decent quality. The Rival Gurreros are a particularly popular choice.
The Ringside Diablo shoes are an OK choice of affordable boxing shoes.
There are several other boxing shoes that are good for wide feet which I mention in my reviews below so be sure to check those out!
I Need a Little Support, What is the Best Boxing Shoe for Me?
Reebok bucks are some of the most supportive boxing shoes because they are high top style and have an ankle strap adjustment that also adds support.
The Rival Gurreros also win in this department, because not only are they great for wide feet, but they have a removable insole with arch support, making them a contender for the top spot on my list.
There are one or two more shoes on my list that support the foot so check my list and reviews out.
Hey, Can I Run in My Boxing Shoes or Use Them on Concrete?
Can you? Or Should you?
You can, but for the most part, no, you should not.
Boxing and wrestling shoes have very thin soles on purpose. They are designed to allow you to feel the ground, they have little to no cushioning, most have no arch support.
But the biggest reason you should not run in them is they will wear out fast.
The thin sole and tread are designed for the mat and the boxing ring canvas only. Concrete, gym floors and other surfaces will tear up the sole in no time.
The shoes you use for boxing should only be used indoors and ideally while in the ring if you want them to last.
If you want a shoe that does it all, maybe the Vibram barefoot style could work for you?
Not to mention:
Running in boxing shoes might be uncomfortable. Like I said, they have no cushion or shock absorption and can be hard on the joints too.
How Tight Should my Boxing Shoes Be?
Boxing shoes need to be very snug. Many people buy a shoe in their standard size and when they try it on, it is so tight they think they got the wrong size.
The right size shoe will be snug, but will become broken in after a few uses. If the shoes are not tight, you risk slipping and tripping.
Mids, Highs or lows?
Boxing shoes come in three flavors, and they are easy to understand.
Lows are low tops. They sit at or below the ankle and have the least ankle support.
They are also easier to get on and off, and look the least like boxing shoes, which can be good or bad, depending on your preference.
Mids cover the ankle and offer some support.
They are a popular style. Many of the boxing shoes in the reviews below are mids.
These are the true boot style, up the calf boxing shoes.
They offer the most ankle support and they look cool. They are also the most challenging to get on and off, and you must mind your calf size before committing to one pair.
Top 17 Best Boxing Shoe Reviews 2018
Rival Boxing Top Mesh Paneled Guerrero Boots
Review: The Mid sole Rival Guerrero has a roomy toe box and makes for a comfortable boxing shoe for boxers with wide feet.
The traction is decent and the mesh sock liner keeps your feet dry and comfortable as you flutter around the ring.
- Outer is a combo of mesh panels and cowhide suede leather for comfort and durability.
- Insole with arch support.
- Great for wide feet.
- Hard to find in the right size, not many sources.
adidas Box Hog 2 Boxing Shoes
Review: These adidas box hog high top boot style shoes will allow you to stay light on your feet. They support the ankle well, conform to your foot, and have good grip.
- Super light weight.
- Good for feet that are a little wide.
- Fit true to size.
- Wears quickly.
Reebok Buck Men’s Boot Boxing Shoe
Review: These Reebok high-tops boxing boots are a favorite among boxers because they are light, breath well, and have an ankle strap that adds support and makes for a great fit.
- Thin flexible sole.
- Ankle strap adjustment for support and fit.
- Very light and breathable.
- Laces are super long.
Nike HyperKO Boxing Shoes
They are durable, made with rubber soles that reach up around the heel, a bit over the ball of the foot for great traction.
The Hyper KO is similar to the KO boot, but the ankle of the Hyper is not as stiff and the KO and has a Velcro adjustment strap over the top of the foot and the KO does not.
- A softer more form fitting, flexible boot than the KO.
- Adjustable Velcro strap over foot top.
- Mesh breathable top.
- One of the more pricy boots.
Otomix MENS Stingray Escape Boxing Shoe
Review: This soft frame, thin sole Mid style boxing shoe that is flexible and conforms to your foot. The sizing is true, so there is no need to order up or down in size.
- Comfortable shoe- good for wide feet.
- Very light.
- Grippy sole- ball of the foot sticks to the floor.
- The rubber sole begins to peel after several uses.
Otomix WOMENS Stingray Escape MMA & Boxing Shoe
Review: These mid style women’s boxing shoes fit true to size and are some of the most comfortable boxing shoes you can get, in both men’s and women’s models.
The fun and different purple color is very bold, and a nice break from Over the top pink, and boring black. The grip on the sole is good, they really stick to the floor.
- So comfortable and light you forget you are wearing them.
- Pretty good ankle support for soft boxing boots.
- Very flat, thin soled shoe.
- Some have mentioned the plastic lace hook is not durable, a small but annoying issue.
Nike Men’s Machomai Mid Boxing Shoes
Review: These good-looking Nike Machomai Mid style boxing shoes are more than just attractive, they perform well too.
They will keep you mobile because they are lights and breath well. The lacing is easy to use, the shoes go on and come off without fuss.
The grip is good, even if the matt is wet, and did I mention the look good on?
- Light and comfortable, only 9.4 oz.
- Gum rubber sole for traction in the ring, even if the ground is wet.
- Easy to lace, put on and get off.
- Too stiff and tight for cardio and running.
Ringside Undefeated High Top Boxing Shoes
Review: This high top style boxing boot have flat flexible soles allowing you to move quickly and easily, plus the support around the ankles is good.
- High top- well supported ankles.
- Traction that sticks- rubber soles- built for boxing.
- Work well for wide feet.
- Could use better laces.
Vibram Men’s KSO EVO Cross Training Shoe
Review: I bet you were not expecting to see these shoes on a list of boxing shoes, were you?
But they are here because training and conditioning for boxing happens just as much outside the ring as inside, probably even more so. The Vibram shoes fit snug, have a low thin flat sole, and rubber tread bottom, just like many of the best boxing shoes.
But they also have the durability you need to be used outside the ring, making them great training shoes.
- Thin sole, form fitting shoe.
- Versatile, can be used for Boxing, lifting, jump rope, cross training, running and more.
- Very Comfortable, barefoot feel.
- They look a little goofy.
adidas Performance Men’s Adizero Wrestling XIV Shoes
Review: These adidas wrestling shoes also make good mid style boxing shoes. They conform to your foot, are taut and snug, and have a lean flexible sole.
- Flexible, ventilated and comfy to wear.
- Available in a huge assortment of colors.
- Long lasting durable sole compared to others.
- Some say these shoes have a narrow toe box.
Ringside Diablo Muay Thai MMA Wrestling Boxing Shoes
Review: These ringside Diablo shoes are some of the most affordable boxing shoes out here made specifically for the boxing ring.
They sport a pivot circle in the she tread at the ball of the foot so you can turn on a dime quickly.
- Feather light.
- Ideal for wide feet.
- Very affordable.
- Be careful with regards to sizing and gender, not all shoe colors have the same size applied. EG, pink shoes are in women’s sizes, but black are in men’s.
adidas HVC2 Speed Shoe
Review: Pivot, turn and circle back quickly with these adidas HVC2 wrestling shoes with dual pivot circles built into the rubber tread.
These shoes are extremely light and breathe well too. Available in adult and kid sizes.
- Low top style.
- Velcro strap to secure laces.
- Pivot points built into sole for fast turns.
- Not for really wide feet.
adidas KO Legend 16.2 Men’s Boxing Boots
Review: The same pivot circle on the sole as the HVC2 Speed, but on a high top style shoe specific for boxing.
- Superior no slip sole with built in pivot circles.
- One piece upper for a form fitting feel.
- Mesh tongue for breathability.
- Great ankle support.
- Run a little small.
TITLE Speed-Flex Encore Mid Boxing Shoes
Review: These inexpensive high top style boxing shoes are a great value. They are light, feet your feet in connection with the ground, give decent ankle support, are very light and fit like a glove. All at a very affordable price.
- Very lightweight.
- Good ankle support.
- Thin responsive sole.
- Sole tends to peel with extended use.
Rival Boxing Boots-RSX One-High Tops
Review: These well ventilated Rival boxing boots will make your wide feet happy.
They have a little arch support thanks to a removable insole which honestly is not common in boxing shoes.
The high top means good ankle support, and the rubber sole keeps you from slipping.
- High top, supports ankle.
- Insole has a little arch support- uncommon in boxing shoes.
- Well suited for wide feet.
- For boxing shoes, they are a bit heavy – 13.75 oz.
TITLE Bout Champ Exploit Boxing Shoes
Review: Boxing shoes on a budget. These low top Title boxing shoes have a unique microfiber outer for a “broken in” feel. They are very light weight and make an excellent entry level boxing shoe.
- Extremely light.
- Comfortable microfiber outer.
- Gum rubber sole-great traction.
- Run small.
Cleto Reyes Leather Lace Up High Top Boxing Shoes
Review: These all leather Cleto Reyes are extremely durable and comfortable for those with narrower calves and feet.
They feature a side zipper in addition to the laces, so they are easy to get in and out of.
They are built to withstand lots of abuse and frequent use and will be a part of your boxing ring gear for many years.
- Made from real leather and suede.
- Side zipper + laces.
- Excellent ankle support.
- Superior craftsmanship- made to last and use frequently.
- Heavy, narrow calves.
Level up your boxing today.
Why not look into a pair of Rivals. They are reasonably priced, but not cheap, and great for wide feet.
Whatever you choose I want to hear about it. Drop me a line below!