Updated August 23, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Wrestling Shoes

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in May of 2018. If you're hoping to make your high school team, or just want to stay in shape while tossing your friends around, these wrestling shoes can help protect your feet as you go for the pin. The options included offer a great deal of traction, while balancing flexibility and support. They are also lightweight enough that they won't feel like they are weighing you down by the end of a tournament. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best wrestling shoe on Amazon.

10. Asics Matflex 6

9. Adidas HVC2 Speed

8. Asics JB Elite

7. Asics Snapdown 2

6. Adidas Adizero XIV

5. Asics Cael V7.0

4. Adidas Combat Speed 5

3. Asics Aggressor 4

2. Adidas Mat Wizard David Taylor Edition

1. Otomix Stingray Escape

Editor's Notes

August 20, 2019:

Wrestling shoes are specifically designed to give you the support needed to keep you safe in the ring, while also remaining flexible enough not to hinder the ankle movement required for takedowns and grappling. They also have a thinner sole than traditional shoes to provide you with a good feel for the mat below your feet. Since these are the most important aspects of this kind of footwear, and the Otomix Stingray Escape offered the best balance of these for most users, they claimed our top spot.

If your feet tend to run hot during matches, you may want to consider the Adidas Mat Wizard David Taylor Edition, Adidas Combat Speed 5, Asics Cael V7.0, Asics JB Elite, Adidas HVC2 Speed, and Adidas Adizero XIV, all of which feature a lot of mesh for superior breathability.

For those who don't want to deal with taping laces, you'll either need to get shoes that have a strap at the top, like the Adidas HVC2 Speed and Adidas Combat Speed 5, or one that features a lace garage, such as the Asics Cael V7.0, Asics Snapdown 2, and Asics JB Elite.

While you are equipping yourself with wrestling gear for the upcoming season, you may also want to check out our list of the best headgear.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 23, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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