“Thrilla in Manila” Boxing shoes – How have Boxing Shoes Changed?
The Thrilla in Manila boxing shoes worn by Muhammad Ali for his famous fight against Joe Frazier in 1975 have recently sold for $118,000(USD) at auction. A link to the original article can be found here. Lucky for us, pictures of the original leather boxing boots have been provided. To be 40 years old, they are in great shape, they can probably be worn today. However, if you take a closer look, by today’s standards they look like they would be pretty uncomfortable. We thought it would be fun to take a look at features and styles provided in today’s boxing shoes which help increase the comfort levels and looks of today’s boxers.
The Nike HyperKO boxing shoes offer Nike Flywire technology. This technology is a cable like support structure around the forefoot for extra support during heavy footwork intensive movements. Basically, this structure keeps the foot in place during the heavy foot movements required when trying to deliver knockout punches.
The adidas Probout boxing shoes keep it traditional by being made of leather but also offer the futuristic adidas Torsion System. This feature appears in many of the adidas performance shoe models. The system is an arch support that allows the front of the foot and the rear of the foot to move independently while providing increased support for the midfoot.
Everlast Boxing Shoes offer newer material construction which have increased mesh areas for ventilation. Unlike the flat soles in the “Thrilla In Manila” shoes, the newer boxing shoes by Everlast and other manufactures offer grooves on the sole for increased traction.
Ringside Boxing Shoes took a different view from tradition to offer more stylish colors along with increased mesh to keep the feet cool during heavy footwork and offer various lengths from 7 to 10 inches for individual comfort.
Title Boxing Shoes offer synthetic soles and flashy colors to give a welcome departure from the traditional old school boots.
Luckily, for today’s boxers many running and athletic shoe technologies have been added to boxing shoes to help boxers increase their footwork performance. The increase in comfort can help to make going the distance just a bit easier.
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