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5 Methods to Break in Wrestling Shoes

By Teddy

November 21, 2022


There’s nothing quite like that feeling of freshly purchasing the best wrestling shoes on the market. The laces are tight, the soles are stiff, and you can just feel the potential energy radiating from them. But before you can get out on the mat and start putting them to good use, you’ve got to break them in first. 

Wrestling is 1-on-1. No other sport puts two opponents so close together, which is why your shoes are so important. They need to provide good grip and traction so you can keep your footing, but they also need to be comfortable enough that you can focus on your match, not your feet. That’s why it’s important to take the time to break in your new wrestling shoes before hitting the mat.

How to break in wrestling shoes:

Method #1: The Hot Shower Method

If you’re in a hurry, the quickest way to break in your shoes is to take a hot shower with them on. You need to make sure that the material is able to get wet without damaging the shoe itself. The hot water and steam from the shower will help loosen up the material and make them more flexible. Just be careful not to stay in there for too long—you don’t want to end up with a pair of soggy shoes!

Method #2: The Worn-In Socks Method

This method is best for those who want to take a slower, more gentle approach. Simply wear your new shoes around the house with a pair of well-worn socks for a few hours each day. After a week or so, they should start feeling more broken-in and comfortable. 

Method #3: The Freezer Method

If your shoes are still feeling pretty stiff after trying methods 1 and 2, it’s time to break out the big guns: the freezer. Take a plastic bag that is will hold water without leaking fill it up about half way to 3/4ths of the way full and put it into your shoes to freeze overnight. The extreme cold will freeze the water causing it to expand and stretching the material of the shoe out for a more comfortable fit. Just don’t forget to take them out before your match—you don’t want frozen toes!

Method #4: Wear Them Around The House

I know you want a perfect fast solution but this is the one I used all the time. I would just wear them around the house as if they were house shoes. Living everyday life with them on for a few hours to help break them in quickly. All you need to do is walk around and live your life maybe do some practicing moves if you want—anything to get them nice and flexible. This step is important because it will help mold the shoes to your feet and make them more comfortable. 

Method #5: Wear Them During Basic Drills

Once they’ve been broken in a little bit, it’s time to take them for a spin on the mat. Start with some basic drilling and wrestling moves. Wearing them during drills will help break in your wrestling shoes in a more natural way since they are designed for wrestling. I would recommend wearing them during drills after you have broken them in a bit by wearing them around the house to avoid blisters. After a few practices, you should start to feel more comfortable in your shoes and be able to move around more freely. At this point, you can start cranking up the intensity level and really put them to the test. 

Remember, it takes time to break in new wrestling shoes—be patient and give them a chance! With a little bit of care, you’ll be well on your way to putting your best foot forward next time you step on the mat.

Breaking in new wrestling shoes can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be painful! By taking things slowly at first and gradually increasing the intensity level, you can break in your shoes without sacrificing comfort or performance. So don’t hesitate—get out there and start practicing! Your opponents will be glad you did.

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