When it comes to your MMA, martial arts, or boxing equipment, hands down, the best piece of equipment you should invest in is a good pair of boxing shoes.
Not even boxing gloves or headgear compare to the level of a difference a good pair of boxing shoes can provide.
Street shoes or running shoes can only give you so much mobility, but Adidas has designed the industry’s top boxing shoes in both high top and low top, which will give you maximum breathability and ankle support whether you’re sparring, ringside, or just practicing your footwork.
While there are many different brands of elite boxing shoes, such as Nike, Reebok, Asics, and Everlast (no, they don’t just make punching bags!), today we’ll be focusing particularly on Adidas boxing shoes.
In my opinion, they provide the industry’s most elite boxing shoe.
1. Adidas Box Hog 2 Men’s Boxing Boots
A very durable boxing shoe, the breathable mesh, and gum rubber outsoles provide not only support but comfort. One of the nice benefits of this shoe is that it has been reported to fit just as expected.
Sometimes you’ll find that other brands run a little large or small, but Adidas has always been spot on when it comes to having the correct sizing.
The mobility provides to be able to transfer weight quickly, improving footwork will lead you one step closer to being undefeated.
- Gum rubber outsoles
- Lace-up closure
- Low profile EVA-midsoles
- Single-Layer mesh with synthetic suede overlays
2. Adidas Hog 3 Boxing Shoe
The Adidas Hog 3 Boxing Shoe boasts an EVA midsole with a breathable mesh upper.
Perfect for a responsive boxing training session, this shoe comes in both black/white.
Due to the thinness of this boxing shoe, pivoting is quite easy and yet feels sturdy at the same time.
A little layer of protection from the rubber toe cap makes this shoe a high-quality choice if you’re looking for your next elite boxing shoe.
- Rubber sole
- Breathable mesh overlay
- EVA midsole
- Toe cap for protection
3. Adidas Box Hog x Special Shoes Men’s
These boxing shoes look awesome, and when it comes to a sports chock-full of mind games, these stylish gold shoes might just give you the leg up you’re looking for.
With a gum rubber outsole and reinforced heel, these shoes are pretty durable. Running slightly larger than you may think you need, you may want to order a half size up or slide in a heel spacer for that comfort and support you need.
Slightly flatter than other shoes, and with less cushioning, the Adidas Box Hog x is definitely targeting a specific audience.
Prepare for the compliments when you put these on!
- Gum rubber outsole
- Leather upper
- Reinforced heel
- Stylish color options
4. Adidas Men’s Combat Speed.5
These Adidas wrestling shoes could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Offering a multitude of colors ranging from black/white, to black/red, to blue/white, and gray/gold, to a fun multi-colored mix, you’ll be able to find a color that fits your personality.
Great for both men and women, women be sure to size down a size and a half when purchasing. This particular wrestling shoe has a split-suede leather outsole and a die-cut EVA midsole for comfort and durability.
Pivoting isn’t a problem with this shoe, and the single-layer mesh provides much-needed breathability as well as flexibility.
Not just good for wrestling, these shoes have grip suitable for martial arts practices such as karate, perfect for doing forms.
They also work perfectly for traditional workouts such as deadlifting.
- Leather and rubber sole
- Supportive TPU stripes with single-layer mesh body
- Split-suede leather outsole
- Die-cut EVA midsole
- single layer mesh
5. Adidas Box Hog 3 Plus Boxing Shoes – Electric Red
The Adidas box hog 3 is designed specifically for speed. Being ultra-lightweight thanks to its a synthetic material, you’ll be able to cut and pivot with no problem.
Weighing 1.3 lbs total, the gum outsoles are superb as it’s extra-rugged, providing excellent grip whenever you need it, whether for sparring or a match.
I recommend these particular boxing shoes, and they come in very flashy and stylistic colors as well.
- very lightweight
- breathable, gum outsoles
- textile material
- flashy and stylistic color options
6. Adidas Speedex 16.1 Men’s Boxing Shoes
Stability from the ankle straps provide excellent ankle support and keep your footwork tight in the ring with these particular boxing shoes. Ultra-lightweight, the mesh upper keeps your feet cool while you’re working out.
With every addition to the shoe, you add weight and sacrifice speed and agility, therefore compromising your footwork.
However, with the Adiwear technology and the single-piece rubber outsole, you can still get that lightweight shoe you’re looking for as well as the speed and agility.
I recommend this particular shoe and it also comes in some interesting colors as well. Make sure to check it out!
- rubber outsole with ankle straps
- Adiwear durable rubber outsole
- Mesh upper
What to Look for When Purchasing Boxing Shoes?
The importance of a good boxing shoe is the difference between going undefeated and never moving past the sparring with a friend.
If you want to be elite, you need to make sure that you have elite boxing shoes.
Like I said earlier, it’s quite possibly the most important piece of equipment you’ll purchase when it comes to your martial arts or MMA career.
When it comes to finding the perfect shoe for you, it’s important to know the variables that are unique to each shoe.
Ankle Support in Boxing Shoes:
First, we have ankle support. When it comes to ankles, I’m sure you’re already aware of how important it is. If you get a high sprain you could be out of training for weeks, and that’s not what anybody wants.
The problem though is that a lot of the boxing shoes out there on the market today are cumbersome when you add the straps.
Sometimes they might poke you, other times they might decrease flexibility, other times they simply add to the weight, and you of course know that more weight on your feet equals more fatigue in the long run.
And we don’t want that! So it’s important to know what exactly you need when it comes to ankle support for you and your shoe.
You may want to start with shoes that offer strong ankle support, and as you continue your training and strengthen everything, you can move to a shoe with more flexibility and less support.
Lightweight Boxing Shoes:
Being lightweight is also extremely important. When it comes to the issue of weight, there are a few things at play. Typically, the more weight you add, the less flexibility and durability you have in your shoe.
It also means that typically there’s less overall strength in the shoe. So it’s important to know your budget when it comes to this variable.
If you are out there buying the lightest, least durable shoes out on the market and you have a rigorous training schedule where you’re ringside 5 or 6 times a week, then you might want to consider getting a highly durable shoe so it doesn’t affect your wallet too much.
However, if that isn’t an option, then again you need to consider the fatigue factor.
As I stated before, lighter weight means less fatigue, but it’s not at zero cost. Make sure to do your research and see what works best for you.
Pivoting in Boxing Shoes:
Pivoting is one of the most important aspects of any martial art. Being able to quickly move left and right and any direction you need at a moment’s notice is the difference between a win and a loss sometimes.
While most boxing shoes on the market nowadays from other brands such as Nike and Reebok offer the ability to pivot well, some have more grip and flexibility than others.
Men’s boxing shoes have really evolved over the years, as well as women’s, and you’d be hard-pressed not to find a shoe that can allow you to pivot well.
It’s part of the shoe that makes it a boxing shoe so that being said, there’s really not a whole lot of difference when it comes to the specific shoes.
Just make sure that you don’t have one with too thick of an outsole if you’re looking for lightning speed.
Boxing Shoes Durability:
Durability is the name of the game for training, and as I’ve pointed out earlier, there are many factors that determine shoe durability.
While it sounds simple, thicker outsoles are going to more durable than thin ones. Certain types of mesh uppers are going to be less durable than synthetic material that is less breathable. In my opinion, it’s most important to know how often you’re going to train.
Some people even have multiple shoes depending on the type of training they’re going to be doing that day.
If for example, you’re going to be in the ring for a match, then maybe you’ll sacrifice durability, but if you’re just doing your everyday training, then maybe you go for one that will last a bit longer.
While it’s counter-intuitive, sometimes it may actually be cheaper to have two pairs instead of just one!
Now that you’re aware of some of the differences that are out there on the market when it comes to boxing shoes, it’s nice to remember why we do the sport that we love!
Whether it’s martial arts, kickboxing, MMA, wrestling, or the traditional boxing, there’s a ton of health benefits. Not only does strength training make you feel good, but it also has physical benefits as well.
You look good too! Good health is more than just anyone aspect, and thankfully these sports offer full-body workouts that increase heart rate for a great cardio workout, as well as increase muscle mass.
Hand-eye coordination is something that just about everyone in this sport excels at as well, given time.
Working out is so much more fun when you’re trying to improve at a sport and I highly recommend it if you’ve been interested but haven’t taken the plunge. Go look around for local gyms to join and they’ll help you out. They’re not only fun but good for you.
It’s important to let loose sometimes and get your competitive juices flowing, and hopefully after today’s read, you’ll be one step closer to finding the perfect shoe. Remember to take everything into account, but the most important part is to just get out there and do it.
Maybe sign up with a friend or family member so you have that extra motivation and accountability for when it gets hard. Either way, whatever you do, don’t just live life ringside with everyone else, lace-up, and jump in.