Questions tagged [shoes]

A shoe is a covering for feet, which can possibly extend up to ankles and shins. Some martial art traditions require specific footwear. Use this tag when the question focuses on footwear.

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Why don't we wear shoes in karate?

Presumably people in Okinawa didn't walk around barefoot. If the original purpose of karate is self-defense, wouldn't it make more sense to train in similar clothing to what you'd be wearing if you ...
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

So here's the issue: I love kickboxing, but I absolutely detest being barefoot. I hardly ever walk barefoot around my own (clean) home, let alone the (relatively dirty) mats at a gym. That's probably ...
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Shoes for 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint arthritis

I usually train barefoot, but am getting old and have 1st MTPJ arthritis. It is getting sore doing reverse punches / round house kicks. I really need to start wearing a shoe that will support the ...
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Measuring the foot when buying Tabi (and giving the size using the japanese convention)

I train in one of the martial arts where Tabi is often used. I am about to order a pair of leather Tabi and have a question regarding measurement. The International Shoe Size Conversion Charts Table ...
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Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe

My left leg is 3/4" shorter than my right leg. I have trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned my first Dan. However barefoot training is becoming a real problem. Martial arts shoes all seem to ...
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Proper Toe Position for Boots with a Front Kick

In Hapkido we have a variety of striking positions for the foot using a front-kick-like motion. What we use for a front kick is to point the ball of the foot, curling back the toes, and using the ...
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Wide shoes for martial arts

I have flat, wide feet, and tae kwon do classes are starting to hurt. I'm thinking to try wearing shoes with my running orthotics. Are there specialty martial arts or wrestling shoes that are wide and ...
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