Best Boxing Boots & Shoes Reviewed

Boxing has been around so long that it has generated a sort of mythos in most western cultures. Despite the fact that many people are not directly involved with boxing, nearly everyone has a soft spot for quotes from Rocky or references to Muhammed Ali. And there is a very real sense of nostalgia that comes along with images of boxers from early in the last century, despite the fact that nobody alive now remembers that era or the fact that most people would not want to trade in modern life for life in the early 1900’s! There is just something about boxing that is at once elegant and connected directly to humanity’s very basic reaction to a fair fight. Boxing is simply woven so tightly into the cultural history of much of the world that it would be very nearly impossible to untangle the two.

In spite of this tight-knit connection, however, many people do not have a clue about the fundamentals of boxing. They do not realize that it is not all jabs and hooks, that the footwork is every bit as important as how hard someone can punch and how well they can stay up when they take a hit. A boxer’s feet are quite literally the foundation of their sport and this has led to the development of footwear specifically designed for boxers. This line of footwear is almost exclusively comprised of boots and this is no accident.

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Adidas Combat Speed 4
  • Adidas Combat Speed 4
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Soft Leather Uppers
  • Range of Styles
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Adidas Box Hog 2
  • Adidas Box Hog 2
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • High Ankle Support
  • Gum Rubber Sole
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Lonsdale Contender
  • Lonsdale Contender
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Padded Ankle Collar
  • Gripped Sole
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Boots have a very high profile in regards to where they rest on the boxer’s leg. A high profile means a better grip on the boxer’s leg and less shoe slippage, but more than that it means more support for a boxer’s ankle. Because of the body positions and motion styles specific to boxing, the sport can be hard on an athlete’s ankles and injuries to those particular joints are entirely too common. The modern boxing boot was born to combat this issue while providing other forms of support and comfort for boxers.

 

10 Best Boxing Boots

 

1. Adidas Combat Speed 4

Adidas has been making a name for themselves since 1949. Their reputation is built on styles and quality that have been sold hand in hand for nearly seventy years. The Adidas Combat 4 has all the style that fans of the brand have come to expect from Adidas, as well as the features necessary to help keep a boxer in the ring. Finding the right size might take some work because certain sizes sell out fairly often. But with soft leather uppers, ankle support, and a range of styles, the wait would be worth it.
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Soft Leather Uppers
These hightops blend the best traits of a rigid ankle support and a soft leather upper that allow for some give when the boxer moves but does not compromise their safety. Leather uppers are traditional to boxing and, though they might require a little more care, they are long-lasting and have just enough give to allow the boxer freedom of movement without giving the ankle too much room to move or become injured.

Available in a Range of Styles
Adidas is a brand known for style and this reputation extends to their wrestling shoes. Most gyms don't want street shoes in their boxing ring for a whole host of reasons, but these shoes look so good that they might tempt someone to put that policy to the test. The Combat Speed 4 comes in a range of colors and color combinations to fit every boxer's personal style, both in and out of the ring.

Cost and Value
These boots come at the widest range of prices on this list. At the low end, they are the most affordable boots, but at the high end, they are the second most expensive boots on this ist. The features might make the cost worth it, however.
Pros
  • Soft Leather Uppers
  • Available in a range of styles
  • Adidas Quality
Cons
  • Sizes Sell Out Frequently

2. Adidas Box Hog 2

For those who want Adidas with them in the ring but are in search of a more classic style than the Combat Speed 4, this is the boxing boot for you. The Box Hog 2 is a classic boxing trainer in the iconic Adidas style. With a high-top style for ankle support and gum rubber outsoles, the Box Hog 2 is a perfect candidate for any boxer in training.
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High-Top Ankle Support
Boxers are prone to ankle injuries because of how their weight is distributed and moved during a match or practice round. High-top shoes help avoid these injuries by stabilizing the ankle without being so rigid that they hamper a boxer's ability to move.

Gum Rubber Outsole
The Box Hog 2 boots are designed to make sure the boxer has the steadiest footing possible. A thin outsole and minimal insole allow the boxer to feel the mat more firmly beneath their feet. A sturdy gum rubber sole provides a solid grip that won't prevent the boxer from moving or making the turn they need to stay in the match.

Cost and Value
These boxing boots come with a relatively high price tag, though Adidas fans aren't likely to mind the price.
Pros
  • High Ankle Support
  • Adidas Quality
  • Gum Rubber Outsole
Cons
  • Limited Range of Sizes

3. Reebok Boxing Boot

Reebok is another company that thrives by matching quality with style. The high-top design of their boxing boot provides ankle support and the synthetic leather materials will be easy to clean and maintain. The sole is also synthetic, giving it a slightly longer life. An ankle strap provides additional ankle support while a foam midsole provides comfort. Reebok also offers the boot in several color combinations, though there is a somewhat limited range of sizes.
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Synthetic Leather Upper
Synthetic leather has a long life and requires very little upkeep, The material gives enough to let the boxer move but will not compromise the safety of the boxer's ankle. It also breathes well, which will help keep a boxer's feet cool during tough matches and long practices.

Ankle Support
Ankle support is vitally important for boxers and Reebok is keenly aware of this. They have designed their boxing boot with a high-top profile to provide a support structure for the ankle as well as an ankle strap to ensure that the boot does not slip on the boxer's foot.

Cost and Value
These boots come at a range of prices, but even the lowest price is at the high end of the spectrum. At their most expensive the price is in the triple digits, though fans of the brand may not mind the cost.
Pros
  • Synthetic Leather
  • Ankle Strap
  • Foam Midsole
Cons
  • Limited Range of Sizes

4. Lonsdale Contender

4. Lonsdale Contender
Lonsdale is a company that focuses on selling quality clothes and sports equipment. Their Contender boxing boot is a fully laced boot from the top of the foot to the top of the high profile ankle collar, which is both padded and quilted. With a gripped sole to help boxers keep their footing and an upper that is built for support and comfort, it is hard to go wrong with a Lonsdale.
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Gripped Sole
Any boxer will tell you that boxing has a heavy emphasis on footwork. That means that a good connection between the boxer's feet and the ring is key. Lonsdale's designers were very aware of this and designed their boxing boot with a gripped sole to ensure that even fancy footwork will not trip up the wearer.

Ankle Collar Comfort
Boxing is one of those sports that can easily cause blisters and chafing before the boxer even knows it's happening. Lonsdale's designers tried to help their customers avoid this by ensuring that the ankle collar is as comfortable as possible. The Contender's ankle collar is both padded and quilted, ensuring that the wearer's ankles can take more practice before any discomfort sets in.

Cost and Value
Lonsdale is the most affordable brand on this list and the quality of their products make them an excellent value purchase.
Pros
  • Padded Ankle Collar
  • Gripped Sole
  • Affordable Price
Cons
  • Limited Range of Sizes

5. Ringside Undefeated High Top

5. Ringside Undefeated High Top
Ringside is a company that focuses exclusively on martial arts, particularly boxing. They sell everything from punching bags to shoes to boxing and wrestling supplies. Their products are generally highly rated and if their Undefeated wrestling boots are any indicator, their reputation is well deserved. Ringside boxing boots are sort specific, constructed of synthetic materials with a high-top profile for built-in ankle support.
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Breathable and Stylish
Synthetic uppers make these shoes light and breathable. That is the magic combination of athletic shoes and Ringside delivers it in style. The undefeated is available in two color options, both styled with an aggressive profile and alternating sections of nylon mesh to keep the boxer's feel cool and well ventilated.

Ankle Stabilizing Support
Ringside's designers know their business when it comes to boxing. They know that boxers' ankles are prone to injury and damage unless they are properly supported. The Undefeated has a high-top profile that laces from the toes to the top so that they provide a snug fit for every boxer.

Cost and Value
Ringside's boots come in a range of prices from the very affordable to the moderately high. The lower the price, the better, but even the higher cost copies are worth the price tag.
Pros
  • Breathable Upper
  • Sport Specific
  • High Profile Ankle Support
Cons
  • Sizing Requires Conversion

6. Rival RSX

6. Rival RSX
Rival, also known as Rival Boxing, is dedicated to one thing and that is the sale of quality boxing supplies. Their products garner almost uniformly high ratings and that is almost certainly because Rival's products are designed with boxers in mind. Their RSX model is an excellent example of this with uppers comprised of cowhide suede and ventilated mesh, ergonomic insoles with cushioned arch support, and a thin outsole to maximize a boxer's grip on the mat. These boots are lightweight, weighing in at only 390 grams, but they are also durable enough to stand up to heavy use in the ring.
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Ventilated Mesh Upper and Sock Liner
Athletes will tell you that uncomfortable feet are one of the nastiest side effects of a long practice or an intense competition. Boxing is no exception to this and may, in fact, be one of the worst sports out there in terms of foot comfort. Rival took this challenge on when they designed their RSX boots and the result is a suede and mesh upper coupled with a mesh sock liner to allow maximum airflow that can cool a boxer's foot from nearly every angle.

Cuchioned Arch Support
The RSX is like many boxing boots in that it features a thin, gripping sole to maximize a boxer's confidence in their footing. It differs, however, in that the boots also boast ergonomic insoles and cushioned arch support. This makes the boots ideal for boxers who may suffer from flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or another foot-related issue that requires their shoes to have supportive arch structures.

Cost and Value
Rivals cost a fair amount, but the ventilated uppers and cushioned arch supports bring a lot of value for the price.
Pros
  • Cushioned Arch Support
  • Ventilated Mesh Upper
  • High Profile Ankle Support
Cons
  • Limited Range of Sizes

7. Cleto Reyes Lace-Up

7. Cleto Reyes Lace-Up
Cleto Reyes in another brand that caters very specifically to boxers. Not only is it a company for boxers, but they do it in classic boxing style. These boxing boots would not be out of place on the great boxers a hundred years ago if it weren't for the inseam zippers and the rubber outsole that will grip the mat during practice or competition.
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Wide Calf
The boxing boots aren't just lightweight and sturdy. They are also designed to keep the wearer comfortable. This particular model is designed with somewhat wide calves. Such a feature is most helpful to boxers with a little more calf muscle than most, but the utility does not stop there. Any boxer can put the design aspect to use if they find themselves moving quickly around the ring. Loose boot tops may lead to an ankle injury, however. It all just depends on the particular boxer in question.

Leather and Lightweight
This is not your average boot design. Thile most boots today are made of predominantly synthetic materials, Cleto Reyes as stuck to classic supple black leather. This means the boots might require more care and keeping than their synthetic counterparts, they will likely last longer because of that care. The leather is also lightweight, ensuring that the boots won't weigh the boxer down.

Cost and Value
Cleto Reyes is one of the most expensive brands on our list. But the solid leather construction and comfortable design make the price tag more understandable.
Pros
  • Leather
  • Lightweight
  • Wide Upper
Cons
  • Leather may require more care than synthetic materials

8. Rival Low Top Neon

8. Rival Low Top Neon
Rival Boxing makes their second appearance on our list with a pair of stylish black and yellow trainers. Microfiber and suede ventilated uppers and thin, flexible outsoles make these trainers ideal for practice rounds at the gym or for working the circuit during training. The ergonomic insoles and high top profile are added icing on the cake, making their relatively high price tag understandable.
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Cushioned Arch Support
Most boxing shoes favor neutral insoles, which means they have little to no arch support. This is likely because thin insoles allow the boxer to have a better sense of their grip on the ground, letting them move with more confidence. Not everyone can use neutral insoles, however. Rival provides variety to boxing insole options by designing their boxing boots with cushioned arch support for those boxers who need a little more structure

Ventilated Mesh Upper
Rival knows the business of boxing, especially their designers. They are well aware of the effect that boxing has on a person's feet just as well as they know the effect of uncomfortable feet can have on a boxer. This nasty cycle is stopped before it even starts by the use of ventilated mesh and microfiber uppers. They keep feet cool and dry so that the wearer doesn't end up losing their footing halfway through a match.

Cost and Value
Rivals cost a fair amount, but the padded ankle collars and cushioned arch supports bring a lot of value for the price.
Pros
  • Cushioned arch support
  • Ventilated mesh upper
  • High profile for ankle support
Cons
  • Limited range of sizes

9. Lonsdale Lace-Up

9. Lonsdale Lace-Up
Lonsdale's second appearance on this list is another strong offering. Unlike the first Lonsdale entry, however, these boxing trainers have a low profile perfect for circuit work and a synthetic upper that can take hours of use with minimal upkeep. The price tag is marginally higher, but the uses are more varied.
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Low Profile Ankle Support
Most boxing boots favor calf-high profiles. They help keep the boxer's ankle stable. Lonsdale also favors that look with their other boots. But they chose a lower, more streamlined look for their lace-up trainer. This trainer still provides the necessary ankle support to prevent injuries during training or boots, but it features a more modern high-top profile.

Padded Ankle Collar
The emphasis with boxing boots is, by and large, ankle support. Despite this focus on ankles, however, many boxing boots ignore the potential for chafing, bruises, or other topical ankle ailments. Rival Boxing addresses these issues head-on with a padded ankle collar that will help prevent damage to the skin of the ankle while providing the joint with the support it needs.

Cost and Value
Lonsdale is among the more affordable boxing brands, though they pack a lot of quality into the shoes for the price.
Pros
  • Lower profile with ankle support
  • Padded insole and ankle collar
  • Stitched Detailing
Cons
  • Not many reviews

10. Adidas KO Legend

10. Adidas KO Legend
Adidas is predominantly seen as a fashion brand these days, but their range of boxing shoes is a strong reminder of their athletic roots. The KO brings the same high Adidas quality as the company's previous offerings on this list with a slight twist. White and peach replace darker colors and the sole features a unique grooved pivot point.
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Single Piece Synthetic Upper
When shoes begin to fall apart, it is usually around the seams and structural stitches. This is because the seams are strained by the push and pull that walking causes. Sports tend to wear seams out even faster, usually leading to a blow-out within a year of purchase. Adidas takes a unique approach to this problem by producing their KO Legend boxing boots with a single piece upper constructed of synthetic materials. This reduces the chance of a seam blowing out and extends the life of the boot.

Pivot Point Sole
Most people associate boxing with hooks and jabs, but boxers and boxing fans know that the footwork can be just as important. The KO Legend boxing boots feature a grooved pivot sole for just this reason. A grooved pivot sole is designed to shift the boot against the ground more fluidly, easing the boxer's motions and making the movement of the sole more intuitive.

Cost and Value
These shoes carry a fairly high price tag, but the pivot sole, Adidas quality, and solid construction may make them worth the extra cost.
Pros
  • High collar for ankle support
  • Grooved pivot point on sole
  • Single piece synthetic upper
Cons
  • High price point

The features vary from boot to boot, but the boxing boots on this list all share several important features. Ankle support is built into the shoe, comfort and traction played an important role in the design, and they are meant to last. Many of the boots stick to the classic materials such as leather or suede and others chose to go with more synthetic materials.

Whether today’s boxer prefers a sleek modern look, a vintage leather style, or something with a little extra burst of personality, there is a boot on this list for everyone. These are the best boxing boots that Amazon has to offer, ranked based on their price, their average rating, and the benefits they provide for their wearer. No boot can magically bestow the gifts of boxing legends like Billy Conn or Mike Tyson, but they will help keep a boxer on their feet longer, making practices count for a little more and making their opponents a little less sure during matches.

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Boxing Boots

 

Ankle Support

  • High-Top Profile
    Every boot on this list features a high-top profile. Some are higher than others, but all of them are designed to support the wearer’s ankle and reduce injury during practice and matches. This is a key difference between boxing boots and other sports shoes, as most sports shoes do not provide the kind of ankle support needed by boxers.
  • Ankle Strap
    Several of the boots on this list feature additional ankle support in the form of a strap that goes around the ankle and provides a stronger structural foundation for the ankle to rely on during practice and matches.
  • Padded Ankle Collar and Other Supports
    Topical comfort is another important factor and some of the boots on this list take it very seriously. Padded or quilted ankle collars, microfiber or mesh uppers, and arch support to prevent strain on the rest of the foot are all features that can be found on the several of the boots on this list.

 

Durable Materials

  • Leather
    Leather, and to a lesser extent suede, are the traditional materials for boxing boots. Many companies still use these materials today, including several that are featured on this list. Leather is often lightweight and easy to clean, though it should be cared for and conditioned fairly regularly. With proper care, the uppers of these boots will last long after their soles or synthetic boots have worn out.
  • Synthetic
    Synthetic materials allow for lightweight and highly breathable boots, particularly when a  nylon mesh is worked into the design. Synthetic heels are also useful, allowing for nonmarking and high traction soles.

 

Additional Support

  • Grooved Soles
    Grooved soles allow boxers to move more quickly and some are specifically designed to allow for faster turns by incorporating a pivot point. Many boots on this list feature such heels, giving the boxer who wears them a little edge over their opponents.
  • Wide Calves
    Several boots on this list are designed to accommodate boxers with wide calves. High-top boots can be difficult for people with smaller feet or wider calves. A high profile is important for boxing boots which can make finding the right fit difficult. Now there are options that make the search a little easier.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Are lace-up or zippered boots better?
A: Lace-up boots are recommended over zippered boots, primarily to avoid agitation of the skin from chafing against the zipper. Laces also allow the wearer to adjust for swelling, which zippers do not allow for.

Q: Can I wear cross trainers or wrestling shoes?
A: It is recommended that only boxing shoes be worn because cross trainers do not have the proper ankle support or sole structure for boxing.

Q: Can I wear my boxing boots for daily wear?
A: Boxing boots have a generally thin insole which makes them ill-suited for daily wear.  Many gyms also have a rule against wearing outside shoes into the ring because debris on the bottom of the shoes can dirty or damage the ring, so it is advised that your boxing boots be used solely in the ring.

Q: Can I cross train in my boxing boots?
A: A minimal amount of cross training can be done in the shoes but running or other similar exercises are best done in proper cross trainers. Some weight training or body weight work can be done in boxing shoes, however.

Q: Why are boxing boots all so tall?
A: The height of boxing boots is intended to provide a structural support for the boxer’s ankle and prevent injury.

Q: Why are boxing boots mostly leather or synthetic materials?
A: Leather is traditional and lightweight while synthetic materials are breathable and easy to clean.

Q: Is there anything special I have to do to care for my leather boxing boots?
A: Any leather goods have to treated properly. Cleaning and conditioning the leather regularly will extend the life of the item and improve the value of their purchase.

Q: What other boxing equipment will I need?
A: Boxing doesn’t require as much specialty equipment as most other sports. The basic recommended equipment are gloves, shorts, boxing shoes, and tape. Other additional equipment may include such things as mouthguards and similar safety items.

 

Sources

  1. https://www.livestrong.com/article/153371-what-is-the-difference-between-boxing-shoes-wrestling-shoes/
  2. https://www.livestrong.com/article/373681-how-to-choose-boxing-shoes/