Mods will kick this to Gear and equipment discussion. Throw me a bone while why we are here. So I have always favored Vans and sometimes Converse. Obviously I dont wear them to spar or roll. I wear them for almost everything athletic. They are a flat rubber sole with no arch. To give you an idea of what I do in them, I run 3 miles usually max. I play tennis and basketball in them. I think they are great for tennis and basketball because they dont slip and stick to the court well. People tell me I should wear a different shoe and that there are better ones out there. I have had no foot problems and never rolled an ankle. I have rolled ankles with running shoes (usually due to the wide heel base catching the ground when I pivot or change directions). Running or cross training shoes seem to have a higher center of gravity aka thicker soles. Is there any merit to what people are telling me? Last time I ran in vans we did 3.5 miles and the guy I was running with had those funky shoes with toes and almost no sole.