Feiyue High Top Shoes
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- Feiyue is China's most popular martial arts shoes; its performance and comfort you can count.
- Simple, durable canvas lace-up top and a padded yet light sole.
- These new Feiyue high top shoes give you more secure fit and ankle support.
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Finally. Now you can get all the performance and comfort you've come to expect from Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes in a Hi-Top Design. Feiyue is China's most popular martial arts shoe for good reason. Lightweight yet durable construction, now with the secure fit and ankle support of a Hi-Top, these new Feiyue shoes give you more stability and flexibility at an extremely affordable price. A modern shoe for an ancient tradition.
Top Customer Reviews
The low tops fit fine except for the laces- I tied them tight because they were too wide for my feet, and the laces put a lot of pressure on the top of my foot. Unlike running shoes/other athletic shoes, they aren't padded on the uppers, so lacing them tight enough to make them feel less wide put a ton of pressure on the tendons of my feet. I tried lacing them more loosely and they were more comfortable, but still a little uncomfortable in the lace area. I realized that the extreme low cut of the shoe was a major part of the problem- the shoes tied about an inch lower on the foot than normal shoes, and I guess they tied right on a pressure point for me- whereas normal shoes are cut to just below the ankle and can be tightened there. I have unusually sensitive and kind of bony feet, so this wouldn't necessarily be a problem for someone else (my boyfriend likes his low tops fine- he wears a 44 and he's a size 10.5 wide men's) but if you're not used to wearing very low-cut shoes they might take some getting used to. We both found that the foot can definitely slip out of them pretty easily- I could easily remove them without untying- but probably wouldn't slip out during walking or working out.
These high-tops are a definite improvement. They're still a little wide, but I can lace them more tightly without discomfort so I don't notice the width as much. I don't feel any pressure on the top of my foot since I can tighten them around the ankle. The tongue of the shoe bunches a little but it's not too distracting. Based on a recommendation on a martial arts forum, I laced them "over under" [..Ian's shoelace site..]) instead of in the standard criscross pattern to make them easier to loosen/tighten and I think it lets me get them tighter without as much of a tongue bunching problem. They are much more solidly on my feet- these definitely can't be removed without unlacing. The cushioning is just as great as in the first pair, they fit about the same, and they're not noticeably heavier- I was worried about that since someone else mentioned it. They did NOT come with a bag, though, unlike the low tops, which is a little annoying. I can find something else, but I wish they had. They came in a deceptively small shoebox.
I'll update later on with the life of the shoes and what I think of them during kung fu.
Update a month into use- I do about five to six hours of kung fu per week, with a little walking on my way from the car to class. The shoes are showing some wear on the treads, but it's cut down on the squeakiness and grippiness which isn't a bad thing- I actually wish they were less grippy than they are even now. While they're still too short (I find them a little uncomfortable when walking outside of class) I don't notice it at all when doing kung fu, and they're much more stable/ comfortable than my normal shoes for side-to-side movements. They still feel wide but it's not too noticeable during class. I wish they would lace tighter at the ankle- there's a minimum diameter and it's bigger than my ankle. However, overall very happy and the cushioning helps a lot.
I wear size 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 women's normally, and the 40s did feel big at first, but once I started wearing them with thicker cotton gym socks, it wasn't a problem. Like other people mentioned, they are quite wide, but I don't think I'd be comfortable buying a size smaller. The laces are also very long, even double-knotted.
As for using them to train, the first few weeks of wearing them were a bit rough because while the ball of the foot has great support, the signature ridges on the sole initially made pivots and roundhouse kicks hard to do on a carpeted gym floor. But after a few weeks, those ridges smoothed down--almost too quickly, to be honest. Yesterday my left shoe developed a hole in the sole, right on the ball where I pivot.
That said, these still get four stars because they are so dang lightweight, comfortable and inexpensive. I love that the entire toe section is solid rubber. With traditional sneakers, my biggest problem was that after doing a lot of burpees, lunges, mountain-climbers, etc. the tip of the shoe where the sole curves up over the toes would start to peel off. That made doing those exercises quite annoying because the tip would then catch on the floor and make me trip.
I also liked the Feiyues for jogging short distances, but they unfortunately don't have a ton of arch support, so you really have to train yourself to jog on the balls of your feet. (Which is what you're supposed to do anyway, right?) Would NOT recommend this for heel-strikers. All in all, given the price, I wouldn't mind having to buy a new pair annually. I've read the Top One-manufactured Feiyues have better quality soles, so I've just purchased a pair from KungFuDirect.com, as they don't appear to be sold on Amazon.