Tiger Claw Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes - White/Black
|Price:||$17.99 - $25.99|
- The #1 shoe choice for Shaolin monks and masters
- Simple, durable canvas lace-up top and a padded yet light sole.
- The tread is perfect for all martial arts styles
- Providing maximum traction for ultimate performance
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To address some other concerns raised in customer reviews:
- Yes, the shoes smell like rubber, but not overtly so and not more so than any other rubber product. There is no noxious smell.
- The shoes are canvas with a painted logo. For those expecting a Nike-style fancy plastic logo, you might indeed be disappointed. But I think canvas and paint look pretty cool, especially as these are functional shoes and not status symbols.
- The inside is canvas, very clean, without any insoles of the kind that rips out after limited use.
- The soles are sturdy and well glued. As advertised, they can be worn indoors or outdoors, but are probably best suited for a gym or a studio.
- Some customer complained about a narrow sole you have to balance on. There is some truth to this complaint, as the sole bows outward slightly. I think that, like with any shoe, the sole will wear down as the shoe breaks in, providing an individualized fit.
- The soles of these shoes are designed for traction. From midfoot to heel, the sole is ribbed for traction; from midfoot to toe, the ribs point backwards so that the wearer can slide forward but cannot be pushed back. If you are not looking for shoes with traction, or if your martial art requires a shoe that slides, then this might not be the shoe for you.
- If the shoe is a good fit, I do not see narrowness being a problem. My own feet are rather wide, yet there are no pressure points or restriction in my one-size-up shoes (44 instead of 43). If anything, they are rather roomy all around.Read more ›
What can I say? They feel very bouncy, good grip on many surfaces, great feel for railings, I like the style... Not suitable for heel-strikers, though, and you may have to learn to land with more control & silence. Which will only do you good.
The sole does disintegrate over time as the concrete and gravel etc eat away at it, but then that's because it's got awesome grip.
Price unbeatable. Wonder who glues these together...
I was given two pair of Top One Feiyue shoes hand-carried from mainland China (still in the traditional Top One paper bag!) two summers ago. While the Tiger Claw variant looks similar, there are some very important differences that a buyer should be aware of. First, the bottoms of the Tiger Claw shoes are much more rounded than my Top One shoes. This compromises stability a great deal. Second, the Top One version has larger, flatter grommets where the shoes are laced, and the beige rubber is just a bit more carefully laid than on the Tiger Claw version. The Tiger Claw grommets are stamped "Top One", but are smaller than the real version, and more prone to ripping out of the canvas. Most importantly, the sizing is not the same between the two variants.Read more ›
The shoes are made of a nice canvas upper with a sole made of very soft rubber.
They're very lightweight and flexible, making them ideal and comfortable for minimalist running. The sole is very grippy, but you still get a lot of groundfeel. Since the sole is made of soft rubber you get a lot of grip, but they also pick up a lot of dirt. The downside is that they seem to wear out fairly quickly, especially if you are running on hot pavement.
My only other complaint is an aesthetic one. While the upper itself is very nice canvas, the decal on the side is painted on, and doesn't show up very well on the black canvas, perhaps it would look nicer if they had another coat. It wouldn't be such an issue if the logo wasn't so prominent on the side.
Eventually, I ended up trading up to the Merrell Barefoot shoe: Men's Merrell Barefoot Tough Glove Which so far, I'm very satisfied with.
Disclaimer: If you are new to barefoot and minimalist running, please do your research before jumping in. The motion and biomechanics of minimalist running is completely different from walking and running in traditional shoes. Aim for a naturally shock-absorbing forefoot strike, and avoid striking the heel, as this can lead to bone and joint damage. Above all, take the transition slowly and listen to your body.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wear a size 8.5 in men's shoes, the chart says that would be size 41, I find they run large and these are not the original feiyue shoe. We will see how they last.Published 3 days ago by Sally Larsen
These are the only shoes I use for parkour. I would not recommend anything else. Their grip is insane and they are extremely light.Published 5 days ago by UberGoth
I use these in the gym for leg workouts and deadlifts. Flat to floor foundation is achieved and no need to be barefoot. Very reasonable priced. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wayne Wilder
I've been through 3 pairs of these... great for a barefoot feel... terrible for hiking on sharp terrain! I will buy again, they're comfortable and rather durable.Published 10 days ago by A. Trujillo
These shoes are great for parkour and I can definitely see why their thin soles, flexibility, and cost is so appealing! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Vo117Man
These shoes are not suitable for tai chi. The soles are rounded in the width and length. You will have a difficult time developing proper "root" and may even have... Read morePublished 11 days ago by TheMatrix