Traditionally, Taekwondo is practiced barefoot and in competitions, generally shoes are not allowed. Thus, training barefoot has the advantage of obtaining the sensitivity of the feet coming in contact with the floor, and thereby getting the real feel of a competition. However, there are many reasons why Taekwondo shoes should be worn during training. Taekwondo shoes are special types of shoes, because they have soft upper leather, laces to tie for a secure fit, and a pivot point on the sole to enable easy turning for executing various types of spinning kicks.
Advantages of training with Taekwondo shoes
Training with Taekwondo shoes has several advantages.
—Extremely useful for beginners. Beginners usually execute stances and kicks in an awkward fashion and thus, they tend to hurt their own feet. Therefore, for beginners, wearing Taekwondo shoes is beneficial.
—In winter, the shoes keep the feet warm. During winter, the training floor may be cold or if practising outdoors, the ground may be icy cold. Hence, every practitioner of Taekwondo, whether they be beginners or advanced students, can wear Taekwondo shoes, in order to prevent the feet from getting frozen.
—Helps in blood circulation. Some practitioners may have blood circulatory problems in their feet, and for such students it is recommended to wear Taekwondo shoes, so that the warmth of the shoes improves circulation in the feet.
—Helps prevent injury. While practising barefoot, minor foot injuries may take place, and at such times, to prevent the injury from aggravating as well as to prevent any new injury, wearing Taekwondo shoes is recommended.
—Prevents strain and stress. Generally, to prevent the feet from experiencing undue strain and stress during training, it is recommended to wear Taekwondo shoes.
Types of Taewondo shoes
There are many variants of Taekwondo shoes available in the market. The shoe upper may be made of leather, foam, PVC, PU, or canvas. The upper can feature laces, or no laces, or a Velcro strap closure. The sole may be made of rubber, or PVC. Shoes come in various colours; however, a combination of black and white is most popular as it matches with the black and white colours of a Taekwondo gi.
Pacific Sports Taekwondo shoes
Pacific Sports offers the highest quality of Taekwondo shoes with exceptional features.
—Superior workmanship. All stress points have reinforced multiple stitching that guarantee high quality and durability. They are lightweight and flexible. Cushioning at the ankles and the heels make them super comfortable.
—Upper is made of leather. Leather helps the feet to breathe and also to remain warm. Leather also lasts a long time and is easy to clean and polish.
—Upper features laces. Laces can be tightened or loosened as required, to obtain a better and a more secure fit.
—Rubber sole. Rubber is a natural product, and offers the maximum grip making it non-slip. The thickened non-slip rubber gives a firm grip to perform stances, punches and kicks very effectively. Rubber is also flexible, which matches with the flexibility of the feet as required to execute various techniques.
—Pivot point on sole. The pivot point helps the feet to easily pivot and turn on them, so that blazing fast kicks and punches can be performed with full range of motion.
—Black or white uppers or soles. Contrasting black or white strips are given on the sides of the uppers, to give a stylish and attractive design.
—Easy to clean. The shoes are easy to clean by manually wiping them with a soft, damp cloth or they can even be cleaned lightly in a washing machine.
—Available in different sizes. Check the measurements on the size chart to confirm you’re choosing the correct size. Length in centimeters is measured on outside of sole.
Pacific Sports quality
All products sold at Pacific Sports undergo rigorous testing. Numerous gyms and martial arts schools of Australia and the world, rely on the Pacific Sports quality for tough and long-lasting products, which includes uniforms, jackets, pants, belts, shoes, rash guards, compression wear, protective wear and training gear. Additionally, products offered on sale carry this same high quality but with drastically reduced prices. Moreover, if the monthly newsletter is subscribed, then an additional 10% discount is also offered.