If you make a few quick searches on the web for boxing shoes, you’ll likely end up disappointed. The truth is, there aren’t a ton of shoes out there solely dedicated to the sport of boxing. Many boxers end up using shoes marketed for wrestling, which are similar but not quite the same as boxing shoes. However, that’s not to say wrestling shoes aren’t viable choices. (We even included a pair of wrestling shoes in our best boxing shoes article). But for boxers who are picky about their equipment, most start looking for something more serious sooner or later. And if you haven’t yet, take a read through our guide on how to choose boxing shoes for advice on what to look for. With that said, we gathered the best boxing shoes available here in an attempt to help you find shoes that are better suited for boxing.
Best Boxing Shoes of 2017 (Our Bout Champions)
Best Boxing Shoes – Mid-Tops
Mid-tops are different from high-tops in that they sit right around the ankle, whether that’s below or a little above it. This shorter length allows for greater mobility around the ring. For the nimble footed and agile, this makes a world of difference and plays toward those strengths. But, what you trade for in less restriction in movement is ankle and lateral support. So if you have weaker ankles or are prone to ankle injuries, mid-tops probably aren’t for you.
So what are our top choices for mid-top boxing shoes? First, there’s the Adidas Speedex 16.1, which is lightweight, breathable, and durable. It also has the added benefit of a strap around the ankle that you can cinch down for more lateral support. Next we have the Nike Speedsweep VII, which features a durable suede upper with breathable mesh and an EVA sockliner for cushioned comfort. After that, we have the Adidas Combat Speed 4. And although it’s marketed as a wrestling shoe, it works well in boxing with its slim profile and supportive construction. Lastly we have the Rival Guerrero, which offer professional performance in a package that is breathable, supportive, grippy, and well-cushioned.
Best Boxing Shoes – High-Tops
Those who are looking for maximum ankle and lateral support are sure to turn to high-top boxing shoes. High-tops cover the ankle with an increased feeling of security for those who want to remain stable on the balls of their feet. Of course, moving in high-tops isn’t as easy as moving in mid-tops, which is probably its biggest disadvantage. However, boxing in high-tops do make you look a lot cooler (which is what we all want really).
So if it’s high-top boxing shoes you’re after, it’s the best high-top boxing shoes you’re going to get. First off, we have the Adidas Box Hog 2 which are thin and lightweight, but super-tough. They’re surprisingly affordable as well. Next we have the Nike HyperKO, which aside from its amazing ankle support, also comes with a forefoot strap to lock in the forefoot for extra lateral support. After that we have the Otomix Stingray Escape, made from durable suede and synthetic leather with top-tier performance. And finally we have the Rival RSX One, which offer amazing support while remaining light and flexible.
Best Boxing Shoe Brands
Now, if you’re wondering what the best boxing shoe brands are, you’ll be surprised to find only a few top-quality brands. Adidas and Nike happen to be very popular since they are world renown in many sports. But a couple of other reputable brands highly involved in the boxing and MMA scene are Cleto Reyes, Otomix, and Rival. Of course, there are also brands such as Lonsdale, Titleboxing, Everlast, and Ringside which you’ll hear about a lot. But, in our opinion their shoe quality and comfort doesn’t even compare with any of the other brands mentioned above. Purchase these at your own risk.