made these shoes for wrestling in the 1970s.
is an ASICS reissue of the
Onitsuka Tiger Wrestling 81, which is like their
early 1980's models.
is the adidas Wrestling Canvas, a 2004 reissue
that used the uppers of their 1984 wrestling shoe (they did change the outsole).
Akrid. Note that the outsole material wraps along the side of the shoe
in the forefoot and heel areas. The apparent intent of this design feature is to
increase traction when pushing with the shoe not level with the mat.
Note the three stripes in the outsole forefoot.
lacing and a design where pulling the laces tighter increased stability across
the front of the foot.
ASICS The Baum
Nike Foot Sweep
Nike Air Reversal
Nike Greco Supreme (Red)
Nike Greco Supreme (Blue)
Recent rule changes call for the shoelace ends to be covered. Many styles have integral lace covers to take care of this requirement.
A'ttaak. This style has extensive ridges that wrap upward from the
outsole to facilitate pushing against wrestling mats. This particular style and
colorway is notable because it is the only wrestling shoe that comes in both
male and female versions. ASICS has a female-specific wrestling shoe with no
Jackal. This is a Fall 2002 model that features an integral lace cover
that was basically an ankle strap.
Split Second V. This model features an extended tongue that flips over the
laces. Hook and loop fasteners then keep the tongue extension in place. This model
is similar to the Unrestrained but the outsole is a split into separate
toe and heel pieces.
Unrestrained. This model is similar to the Split Second V but the
outsole is a single piece.
Gel-Assault. This 2005 style is particularly interesting. The shoe design
stuffs the lace ends inside the tongue. Then, an attached flap comes up and over
the front of the tongue. Hook and loop fasteners then keep the tongue flap in
Among athletic shoes, wrestling shoes have always been a fascinating breed apart from all others.... kind of like the wrestlers I know:
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