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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2007
I really thought these shoes were a stupid idea--how can you kick properly in shoes, really? However, I've tried four or five types of foot pads and always had problems with slippage, straps getting between my toes, and with my feet getting sore. I broke down and bought a pair of these this weekend at a tournament, and they absolutely rock! No matter what you do, they absolutely do not slip. They are less bulky than a lot of foot pads, so they allow more precisely targeted kicking. I was worried that competing in them without practicing in them first would be a problem, but there was exactly zero adjustment time. They aren't as flexible as traditional footpads, but I found that I was still able to flex my foot back to do a good side kick. I also got kicked with a couple of different pairs of them (hey, you can't block every kick) and they did not hurt any more than regular footpads. When these wear out, I will definitely buy more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
This is my second pair of these. I have worn out the first pair after about 3 years of use. They are great shoes for training and sparring. Be careful I think they may have changed the manufacturing process I owned size 8 and when I received the new pair my feet would not fit into the shoe I had to exchange for a size nine. you may want to try one size larger than normal.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
If you're constantly spraining & jamming toes during heavy hitting fight sessions, then this is the martial arts shoe for you. They offer just the right amount of support to prevent ankle & toe injuries during sparring. They are padded across the top of the foot as well, which your sparring partner will appreciate. For their size they are amazingly light. I am on my second pair now. I've used the version with laces under the pads & I've used the version with just velcro closures, I like them both. If you're looking for a shoe to wear while doing forms/katas, I would suggest a lighter minimal shoe. I've been a martial artist since the 1970s so I am older, and I don't recover from injuries as quickly as I used to. All the other shoes I've tried didn't do much to offer all-around protection during the hard hitting combat fighting of Kajukenbo. I've seen a negative review or two, but it's obvious that it's all about "why" you're going to be wearing the shoes. Fight & hit hard... these shoes are great..., doing forms/katas & light sparring, probably not the shoes for you. Also, socks with minimal flat seams are more comfortable when wearing these shoes.PS... I use these shoes indoors only. Don't know how they'll hold up if used outdoors on hard pavement or rough services. PS... I use these shoes indoors only. Don't know how they'll hold up if used outdoors on hard pavement or rough services.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
Love them for my kickboxing classes. Easy on and easy off. While others are struggling to get ready at 6am for class, these shoes slip right on and off
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2014
Working good so far. These are basically a wrestling shoe with some padding. I ordered a size 10 and normally wear a size 10.5. Its tight but I figured that they should be and should loosen as they break in. I'll also note that I wear them with socks. I ordered these after injuring my toe nails about a half a dozen times in sparring. The last time I lost about half my toenail on my big toe.
I use these for muay thai sparring. The padding is less than I expected, but adequate. I do not fear for my toenails anymore. I have also kicked an elbow where the impact was right at the ankle joint. Usually kicking with any power and hitting an elbow like this will end a training session since most shin/instep guards do not have padding there for flexibility. The padding on the tongue of the shoe saved me and allowed me to continue training.
Despite the padding, they are very light and do not hinder kicking at all. The sole of the shoe is soft and flexible with just enough traction for quick maneuvering, yet not so sticky that you tear your knees and ankles up while turning the hip over for a kick.
The shin/instep guards I use are Twins (http://www.amazon.com/Twins-Special-Shin-Guards-X-Large/dp/B00GY0MZVC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1412172626&sr=8-6&keywords=twins+shin+guard) that have a foot arch strap and a heel strap. You can use these shin guards with the shoes but you have to put them on in a special way. First stick your foot in through the heel strap, then pull the shin guard up enough so that you can get the shoe on. Push the shin guard down to the shoe, then pull forward on the instep to stretch the heel strap. While stretching the heel strap, pull the arch strap around the toes of the shoe and slide it to about mid foot. Last, secure the shin guard with the Velcro calf straps or buckles.
One downside to the shoe is that they tend to get hot rather quickly and keep the heat in. This would probably be less of a factor if I didn't wear socks, but I would recommend socks for the simple fact that they will soak up the sweat and keep your shoes from smelling like a swamp.
One last thing... given the atmosphere and type of people that are usually attracted to serious combat training, you will probably get made fun of. These shoes are affectionately called "bitch slippers" at my gym. They don't seem too upset when they get hit with padding rather than an accidental toe though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2014
I had the sparring shoes that only had the straps under them which didn't have much of a grip on the mats when I was fighting. Now that I have the Fight Pro Shoes, whenever I fight I don't have to worry about slipping.

Make sure you put on socks with them so that they won't start to smell.
I would buy these shoe again.
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VINE VOICEon March 27, 2015
It's hard to truly critique something when there's no alternative.

Akin to many fitness kickboxing gyms, mine sports wooden floors...making shoes a necessity. Even as a veteran Muay Thai kickboxer, my puppies can't take the pounding from the jumping these classes require.

Nearly every athletic shoe on the market, however does not flex enough to allow posting on the ball of the foot and/or provide significant padding for poorly placed banana bags.

The FightPro check both boxes...but at a literal and build quality cost. First things first: these are not cheap. But when there's nothing else out there...be grateful they exist. I almost want to buy 3 pairs to ensure Ringstar stays in business and/or prepare if they shut down.

On fit: these are meant to be tight...and stretch after 2 weeks. Do NOT buy bigger sizes. It's dangerous when doing sparring and/or movements requiring good foot feel. I called the company - who was very responsive - and advised to wait it out. After 4 days of use, they fit like a glove. Speaking of said customer service, they remain awesome. Very responsive to emails...and stand by their products 100 percent.

The padding at foot instep is OUTSTANDING, essential as this is where the majority of kicking injuries occur. Even after 6 months, the padding is holding up nicely.

What is not holding up well are the ultra thin foam bottoms. I understand these meant for mats where friction isn't as prevalent. Wood, however, eats right through them. Almost immediately I required a pair of insoles to compensate for the reduced padding also complete absence of arch.

After 6+ months of 3x a week use, these look like they've been through a war. Bottoms are thin and dirty, tongue area stripped away. Still, they do what they need to do...and keep your feet protected...and properly air out during and after use. I likewise bought a pair for the better half-slash-training partner for this reason, and will continue to do so when these eat away.

Sure I wish Ringstar would improve its build quality, but I'm grateful these shoes exist. Just buy them noting limitations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
I was looking for something lace-less for kickboxing. It has just enough traction yet very easy for jump roping and makes planks a lot harder because it does slip so you really have to work those muscles to hold the plank or do any kicks-I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
In muay thai, most people go barefoot, but I prefer shoes to protect my toes. It will hurt while using them for the first week or 2 because they're brand new so you have to break them in. After that, they're good!
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on December 15, 2013
I used these shoes for my krav maga class. At first these shoes were really tight. Being very padded, they did squeeze my feet at first. To the point where they cut off the circulation to my toes. But after a day of wearing them and breaking them in, they fit well. These shoes are also very light weight so it makes kicking a little faster and easier.

There are a couple of things I don't like about these shoes. For one, for a highly padded pair of shoes, the insoles are very flat. My feet will begin to ache after a few hours of working in these shoes. I slipped some insoles from another pair of shoes into these and that greatly helped it. A Cosmetic issue I have is that these shoes look fat on my feet. The pictures show these shoes fairly narrow, but when you put them on, the shape they have look similar to the old fat skate boarding DC shoes. The last issue I have with these shoes isn't necessarily bad. But on non-padded surfaces, these shoes will have a difficult time getting a grip as you move. When I need to burst (or dynamically move forward or backwards) I have a difficult time pushing off the ground bc they do slip a little. Now this isn't a bad thing when it comes to rotating on the foot to kick since there is less resistance. Also, this stresses the importance of foot work.

But overall, I do recommend these shoes for anyone that needs a pair of shoes for some type of martial arts.
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