The height of the shoe
One of the most important roles on a boxing shoe is to effectively protect the ankles. Be aware that ankle injuries are common in sports where you have to jump and change your angle often. Boxing is one of those practices that are demanding for the ankles and that require adapted equipment to protect them at best.
You have 3 choices of heights on boxing shoes – Low, Semi-Rising and Rising. While the bass does not rise higher than the ankle, the semi-rising shoes exceed a few centimeters, and the rising will go to the calves.
If you feel the need to have good ankle support, obtain semi-rising or high shoes that will cover the ankles. If on the contrary you want a better mobility, take low shoes so that your ankles have more freedom of movement.
Choose according to your personal preferences, but also according to what dictates your body and your morphology. If you are sensitive to the ankles and you happen to have sprains or sprains, do not hesitate to choose a higher shoe to protect your ankles. This has a lot to do with genetics, fighting style and personal preferences.
Low shoes – This is the most mobile design, the height is the one found on a pair of standard sneakers; with medium height and ankles uncovered. This design provides more ankle space and more mobility for activities such as workout in which one does not feel comfortable enough with a high shoe. A low boxing shoe is an excellent option during endurance training, weight training or jumping rope. However, this is probably not the best choice when going to the ring.
Semi-up shoes – this is the most popular option for boxing, the MMA is for many combat sports when you’re in the ring. This shoe height completely covers the ankle and will generally cover up to 1/3 of the tibia. However, the height may vary depending on the preferences of the manufacturers and users. This is a very good choice if you are only going to train with the bag or in the ring. In contrast, semi-fitted shoes are generally not recommended for aerobic training and anything that is not direct boxing.
Rising Shoes – These are similar to semi-uprights regarding the possibilities they offer; they are neither more nor less combat boots. They are therefore not a good choice for jumping or exercising unless it is a training close to what is done during a boxing match. The rising design usually covers half of the tibia or even the full tibia in some cases. They may appear to restrict your movements, although they are normally designed not to do so.
The materials used and the lightness
Over the past decade, there has been tremendous progress in the materials used and in the weight reduction of shoes. This of course had an impact on sports shoes and boxing shoes. It is logical to assume that with a lighter construction, it is more comfortable and easier to move.
The weight of the shoes is important for several reasons. In boxing, lighter feet allow you to move much faster. This is another reason why the closer you are to bare feet, the better agility will be. Modern boxing shoes are designed to offer boxers performances as close as possible to those one can have when barefoot, without the constraints. The materials used on quality models are mostly synthetic and some are specifically synthesized to design a pair of shoes that are both lightweight, antiperspirant, comfortable and durable.
The problem with heavy shoes is that they not only slow you down, they also require more effort to move. Heavier shoes contribute to muscle fatigue much more than most people think.
This is the midsole that is usually the heaviest item on this type of shoe. It is often designed with thicker and more resistant materials to absorb shock and ensure comfort. A good pair of shoes has a rubber / EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) soleplate that provides good flexibility and durability for a lightweight.
Make sure that the upper part of the shoe is made of a breathable fabric, flexible enough, durable and that keeps your feet in place. The good quality models usually have mesh type fabric, leather or nylon.