Shoes to wear while training boxing?

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    Sorry if this has been asked. I know there are specific boxing shoes, but I'm not a boxer (aspiring MMA fighter) and I'm broke so I don't want to buy those.

    My question is, when I train boxing, is there any other type of shoe (say, a converse or vans style flat shoe, running shoe) that is a good replacement for boxing shoes? Or is it best to train barefoot to get used to it when in MMA?
     
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    flat soled hightop shoes or wrestling shoes would be fine if you are required to wear shoes, but if it's an MMA gym more than likely everyone will be barefoot.
     
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    I used to wear Boxing shoes to the Gym, but realized that's kinda dumb if you're poor and want your shoes to be nice if you actually get a bout. So now it's just sneakers. Same with trunks, now just sweats or shorts.
     
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    make sure the interiors of the shoes aren't too abrasive also. I went home one day to find a large blister on the ball of my foot
     
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    I've been to a few of the classes and it's a mix of people with shoes and without. Most wear running shoes. One guy wears five fingers.

    I wore a pair of lowtop (never bought a hightop in my life) vans (one of their signature shoes that is like a slightly thicker classic) one time and my reebok zigtechs another, as well as going once barefoot.

    Why would you recommend the hightop over the lowtop? Better ankle protection?
     
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    +1 on wrestling shoes, I have a pair and they work just fine if not better than boxing shoes because they usually have more grip on the soles. But being sort of a gear junkie and all I would just love to get me some adidas boxing shoes too lol.
     
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    Cheap asics wrestling shoes are your best bet. You can get them around 20-40 bucks depending on where you buy them.

    They lace up a little higher and are a little more snug and secure on your feet when you make quick moves.
     
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    wrestling shoes or running sneakers

    Don't pay extra for fancy boxing shoes
     
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    I like to go bare-foot until I'm told to put my shoes on :redface:
     
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    Just sneakers or trainers are fine
    you'll need boxing shoes for an actual fight, but are they necessary for day to day training? No
     
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    I use wrestling shoes, they work great.
     
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    fuck i wore holes through the last of my shoes from all the pivoting n moving and now ive been training with sneakers for the past 6 weeks.

    BIG difference.
    Feel like i got blocks for feet n my whole game has suffered.

    oh well, 2 weeks more n my hightops will be here.
     
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    converse all-star high tops - they offer ankle support, have a flat bottom allowing for good swivel on the canvas

    or

    shell out the 29.99 up for some boxing/wrestling shoes on titleboxing.com
     
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    They are heavier, but now when I wear boxing shoes it's like I'm floating. I wear running shoes though, so they're not THAT heavy.
     
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    pretty sure OP meant shoes for boxing.

    In that case , training barefoot will do jack shit and in fact bring your game down.

    Not every post here is concerning MMA.....or UFC.
     
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    I prefer soft leather soles for pivots.
     
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    I like to go bare-foot until I'm told to put my shoes on :redface:
    I drive to the gym wearing thongs (typical Aussie lol) and sometimes cbf'd putting shoes on haha.
     
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    Use some basketball sneakers. When i'm in the interweb i saw some mexican boxers do that.
     
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    Never really thought about wearing shoes before. Do they actually help? To what degree?
     
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    On that note, I vote Vibrams.
     
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