Obviously, wrestling is a sport requires some fancy footwork from its athletes. Being able to remain stable and comfortable as you try to throw and pin your opponent is crucial. That’s why wrestling shoes are designed for maximum traction, support, flexibility, and stability out on the mat. Those are exactly the criteria we take into account as we pick out the best wrestling shoes in this article. If you haven’t yet, you’ll want to check out our guide on how to choose wrestling shoes to find out what you want first. As soon as you’re ready, you can continue with our top picks. Not only did we choose selections for both unisole and split sole shoes, we also chose a shoe for high end, mid range, and low end budgets. That way, there’s something here for everyone. With that said, here is–in our opinion–the best wrestling shoes right now.

Best Wrestling Shoes of 2017 (Don’t You Agree?)

 

  Unisole
Split Sole
High End

ASICS Aggressor 2

ASICS Aggressor 2 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

Adidas Adizero Varner/XIV

Adidas Adizero Wrestling XIV - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

Mid Range

Adidas HVC

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ASICS Omniflex-Attack

ASICS Omniflex-Attack - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

Low End

ASICS Matflex 5

ASICS Matflex 5 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

Adidas Combat Speed 4

Adidas Combat Speed 4 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

 

Best Wrestling Shoes – Unisole

Unisoles have a solid sole that provides both stability and better traction. So, if you like to stay balanced on your feet, unisoles are definitely for you. The level of grip and non-slip support you get with these are amazing. They are also often more durable as the rubber covers the entire bottom of the shoe. Downsides to unisoles are the fact that the full rubber outsole adds extra weight to the shoe.

Now, on to our top picks. In the high end range, we have the ASICS Aggressor 2, which is one of the top performers on the market right now. With superb protection, traction, stability, support, and durability, it’s the complete package. Next up, in the mid range, we have the Adidas HVC, which is an affordable and lightweight shoe. The medium flexibility and grip make it an excellent choice for beginners. Last but not least, we have the ASICS Matflex 5, which is a very popular wrestling shoe for beginners.

Model:Pros:Cons:Price:

ASICS Aggressor 2


ASICS Aggressor 2 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

+ Good protection
+ For experienced and advanced wrestlers
+ Superb traction, stability, and weight
+ Rubber outsole wraps around toe
+ Very durable
+ Excellent support
- Not the most flexible
- Iffy traction when wet
- Sized large; size down ~1/2 a size
- Takes a week or two to break in
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Adidas HVC


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+ Very lightweight; 7.4 oz
+ Synthetics don't stretch much
+ Mesh adds breathability
+ Great for beginners
+ Medium flex/grip
- Low ankle support
- 1/2 size smaller
- Snug at first
- Fits narrow
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ASICS Matflex 5


ASICS Matflex 5 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

+ Great shoe for beginners
+ Provides good traction
+ Very affordable
- Fits narrower
- Fits smaller; size up 1/2 to 1 full size
- Ankle support lacking
- Not much cushioning
- Lack of ventilation
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Best Wrestling Shoes – Split Sole

Split soles usually have separate pieces of rubber, usually covering the heel and the forefoot of the shoe. Split soles lack rubber in the arch of the shoe to provide more flexibility, giving it a barefoot feel. While providing less traction than unisoles, that’s not to say that split soles don’t have good grip themselves. It’s just that this type of shoe favors a different style of wrestling, which is the agile wrestler who wants control in any position.

That being said, let’s take a look at the best wrestling shoes in the split sole design. For the high end range, we have the Adidas Adizero Varner/XIV, which is lightweight, slim, with a high amount of flexibility. The added mesh that wicks away moisture is just icing on top. Next, we chose the ASICS Omniflex-Attack for a mid range wrestling shoe. Lots of support, traction, and flexibility make it an all-around great choice for more experienced wrestlers. Finally, there’s the Adidas Combat Speed 4, which is very lightweight while remaining breathable, flexible, and supportive. You can’t complain with the price point of these shoes either.

Model:Pros:Cons:Price:

Adidas Adizero Varner/XIV


Adidas Adizero Wrestling XIV - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

+ Slim profile
+ For advanced wrestlers
+ High level of flexibility
+ Lightweight; 8.3 oz
+ One piece, durable upper
+ Doesn't require break-in
+ Mesh wicks away moisture
- Tight toe box
- Sized 1/2 smaller
- More pricey
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ASICS Omniflex-Attack


ASICS Omniflex-Attack - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

+ High ankle support
+ For advanced/competition
+ Superb traction/flexibility
+ Lightweight
+ Fits wide feet
- Sized 1/2 smaller
- Bad traction on wet floors
- Stitching could be better
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Adidas Combat Speed 4


Adidas Combat Speed 4 - Best Wrestling Shoes - Athlete Audit

+ Lightweight; 7.6 oz
+ Single layer, breathable upper
+ Reinforced in high wear areas
+ High flexibility
+ Good lateral/ankle support
+ Affordable
- Not much padding/cushioning
- Durability issues
- Bad traction w/ wet mat
- Could cause foot cramps
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Best Wrestling Shoe Brands

 

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