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Wondering what you need in a boxing shoe? This page helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
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How are boxing shoes different than regular shoes?
On the surface boxing shoes might appear like normal running shoes, but they are actually quite different. The goal of a boxing shoe is to hug your foot snugly while still allowing air to flow through. Boxing shoes need to provide you with excellent traction but also be very light to maximize your mobility. This lightness is provided by a sole that is thinner than normal shoes and airy yet supportive. Shoe fabric is often constructed out of soft leather or suede, and feature either rubber or other non-slip type soles.
Boxing shoes provide a fine balance of characteristics that offer protection, comfort, and durability.

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What kind of shoe is right for me?
There are three main things to consider when shopping for shoes. First is comfort. When looking into different brands, pay attention to how much effort they have put into making the shoes breathable and light. You never want to feel burdened or distracted. Second is usability. You'll have to choose how much grip you think you will need (do you make lots of weight shifts and quick cuts? Do you slip often in the ring?), and also how much ankle support you'll want. Finally, you'll need to decide what kind of visual style you'd like. Depending on what kind of image you wish to present to spectators, you'll have to choose between flashy and subdued styles.

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Are boxing shoes required to compete in matches?
Amateur and professional boxers are not required to have boxing-specific shoes on, but in general it is recommended that you wear something safe and appropriate. Some fighters choose to use low coverage, wrestling style boots that are very minimalistic. Other boxers prefer higher topped boots that provide added support.

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What size should I get?
Most boxing shoes run in the same sizes as normal shoes. If you are a size 11 in running shoes, it is likely you are a size 11 in boxing shoes as well. Some fighters like to get a half size lower so the shoes are very snug and resistant to sliding around.

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High top ankle vs low top ankle
The different ankle supports are determined by how much protection you need against injury. Low top shoes provide greater ease-of-wear and cause less sweating. However, they provide much less ankle support. The high top boots are a bit more of a burden, but often leave fighters with greater ease of mind during their cuts and quick movements.

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You might also need...
Depending on what kind of shoe you get (high top, low top, etc) you will want to get an appropriate kind of sock. Ankle socks are fine for low top, but a higher cut sock is preferred for high top boots (this prevents rubbing and chaffing during matches). Some other must-have boxing items include handwraps, boxing gloves, headgear, and a mouthpiece.

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