I've been training muay thai at the gym for some time, and I'd decided to also train at home. So I bought myself a punching bag and hung it in my garage.

The problem is that I have no mat, and the floor is very hard (and sometimes dirty) for me to train bare foot. So I was thinking, is there any shoes that I could use to train at home? Could I use any kind of trainers? I'm asking this for the sake of training kicks (since obviously there would be no problem to punch with shoes)

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    Is there really any such thing as too hard or too dirty? How do you think the Thais train?
    – slugster
    Jan 20, 2018 at 0:52
  • I don't know, but they developed Tatamis for this purpose, right?
    – HDD
    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:29
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    Nope, wrong culture. Tatami are Japanese while Muay Thai comes from Thailand. The Thais train on dirt, concrete and wooden floors in bare feet. Genuine Muay Thai is one of the "harder" arts, so I'm a bit bemused at your comment that the floor is too hard or dirty, that's why I mentioned how the Thais train. Tatami were originally a form of padding for nobility to walk and sit on, they weren't for training.
    – slugster
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:37
  • Oh.... all right then! So, you don't know any shoes?
    – HDD
    Jan 22, 2018 at 13:46
  • Uhm...what he is saying is that if you train traditional, you should do it without shoes. If you must use shoes, get the most minimal shoes you can.
    – JohnP
    Jan 22, 2018 at 14:21

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Your main concern seems to be about kicking, so I think you can draw some advice from Taekwondo.

Taekwondo is a kick intensive martial art, and it is common to find people practicing using shoes.

But appropriate shoes are used, and not regular trainers. If you search for "taekwondo shoes" you will a lot of options available.

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Some hard line people may think that using them will make you too "soft", but there are also good arguments to use them, specially for those doing intensive practice.

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    Note the circle on the sole - under the inside of the ball of the foot. That is designed to allow the shoe to twist on the floor - stopping you from damaging your knees. It is an important part of a TKD practice shoe
    – Collett89
    Jan 26, 2018 at 10:30
  • Also regarding my last sentence, I just found this :-) imgur.com/a/BJ1ao Jan 30, 2018 at 12:15

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