Shoe Science

November 25, 2011
by Justin

Outside of being an astronaut, doctor and professional basketball player, when I was growing up I wanted to be a professional wrestler. I never considered Olympic style wrestling; I wanted to be in the WWF. I imagined myself as the good guy who ripped off his shirt like Hulk Hogan and executed devastating moves like the Macho Man. My father, the same guy who told me that Santa Claus wasn’t real when I was at the tender age of six, busted my bubble when he informed me that wrestling wasn’t real. I was heartbroken but secretly determined to one day make my name in the wrestling world. Years passed before I tried wrestling in the winter of my senior year of high school. With football season over in only a few scholarship offers, I figured wrestling would be a great sport to keep me in shape. Imagine how happy I was, when I found out that we had to buy our own team shoes.

Welcome to Shoe Science, a sport-specific sneaker resource. Shoe Science is provided to you by and your favorite shoe aficionado, Yorick Hempstead (me). Shoe Science reviews shoes from every sport, so whatever sport you are into, there is piece that will keep you in the loop. Even though I ended up retiring from the sport of wrestling earlier than I expected (about two weeks into the season), I still got myself a pair wrestling shoes. In an individual based sport such as wrestling, it is imperative that you have quality equipment. Here are some great shoes that hit the market this season.


The Adidas AdiZero are this season’s high-performance wrestling shoe. The shoe has an extremely lightweight design, combined with technologies designed to increase traction and mobility on the mat. The AdiZero wrestling shoe is extremely light and is ideal for active wrestlers that have at least 50 matches per season. The greatest feature is the split sole design. This is one of the most important requirements, because separate sole components for the forefoot and heel, allow the shoe to be more flexible. Inherently, the wrestler can stay on their toes with relative ease.


Asics are worn by one of the greatest college wrestlers ever, Cael Sanderson. This season Asics released the Aggressor wrestling shoes, the Cael V4.0 and the new Split Second 8.0. The Aggressors are still one of the most popular type of wrestling shoes. They have made few changes from the 2010 version, but why should Asics change their winning formula? The shoe still has incredible grip and features an enhanced breathable mesh. The shoe is also still very flexible, and will continue to be a top seller this season.


The Nike Takedown wrestling shoe, like every shoe I’ve reviewed, is designed for speed, power and control. It features a breathable mesh upper area, with split-resistant stitching across the panels. Another feature is the ankle strap that secures the laces. The double, reinforced midsole provides low to the ground control which is imperative when you are sprawling out or shooting the legs. The rubber outsole along with the forefoot wraps, gives traction at any angle.

The best place to find these shoes are at, because most shoe stores don’t carry wrestling footwear. Good luck with your season and make sure that when you step on the mat, you leave everything there. This has been the Shoe Science, Wrestling edition, and I’m Yorick Hempstead signing off.




Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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