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Anatomy of a Boxing Shoe

By Perry Hua

Parts of a Boxing Shoe

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  1. Cut length – Boxing shoes come in either mid-cut or high-top lengths, with varying degrees of ankle support and mobility
  2. Ankle strap – Not all boxing shoes will have ankle straps, but if they do, they’re for added ankle support and locking your foot in
  3. Eyelets – Holes in the upper keeps laces in place
  4. Lacing – Laces are the most popular option as they allow minute adjustments in tension
  5. Upper – Usually made of a lightweight leather, synthetic, or mesh
  6. Toe – A toe cap helps to improve durability when pivoting and staying on your toes
  7. Tongue – A thin and breathable tongue comes standard in most boxing shoes
  8. Insole – Essentially the footbed for your feet, can be removable in some cases. Provides comfort and support
  9. Midsole – A thin midsole provides some cushioning without compromising sensitivity
  10. Heel cup – Keeps your heel in place
  11. Heel counter – A plastic insert in the heel that keeps the structural integrity of the heel
  12. Shape – Most boxing shoes feature a narrow shape to ensure a snug fit
  13. Outsole – A thin and highly grippy outsole will prevent you from losing your footing on the mat
  14. Flex grooves – Helps increase the flexibility of the sole for dynamic movements

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