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One of the most common questions we get from customers at WrestlingMart is “do you guys sell women’s wrestling shoes?”. The answer is yes, we do! And we always have. That is because all wrestling shoes are considered unisex, and can be worn by both men and women. It is important to note, however, all wrestling shoe sizes are listed based on the men’s size chart, so you’ll have to do a little arithmetic to figure out the correct size on the women’s chart. More on that below, but first a little background.
In the U.S., a handful of women first started competing against men, but there were no official separate women’s teams or competitions until the 90’s. Today, women’s wrestling is growing at an exponential rate each year. There are now nearly 14,000 high school female wrestlers, and 30 colleges that sponsor varsity wrestling programs for women – many of which are new or reinstated programs that also brought back a men’s program along with it. After Helen Maroulis’ historic victory for Gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the sport has nowhere to go but up. At WrestlingMart, we are very excited about the opportunities this sport has and will continue to provide young women across the country and around the world. We’re proud to support its growth by providing great gear and making sure female wrestlers have what they need to compete and win!
Ok, back to shoes. Sizing wrestling shoes can be one of the more difficult things a wrestler can do when getting all geared up for wrestling season. Fortunately, you have team WrestlingMart here to help you through it. For starters, wrestling shoes in general usually fit differently than sneakers or even other athletic shoes and running shoes. On top of that, every brand and nearly every shoe model within each brand can vary in size and fit. Most veteran wrestlers have figured out how to navigate this mess, but for a beginner it can be frustrating. When you add converting to women’s sizing to the mix, it can leave some lady wrestlers scratching their heads.
Take a breath. It’s going to be OK, we got you.
Step 1: As a rule of thumb, first add a half size from your normal street shoe/running shoe size. Wrestling Shoes tend to run a little small. Step 2: Account for a 1-1.5 size difference when converting from men’s to women’s. So if you’re normally an 8 in women’s, you’ll want a size 6 or 6.5 in men’s. For smaller sizes, the difference may only be about ½-1 full size difference from men’s to women’s. If you’re within driving distance, we highly recommend coming into our Irvine, CA showroom to find the appropriate shoe and shoe size, especially if it’s your first pair. If you do have to order online, don’t worry, you can always return and exchange your shoes if they don’t fit.
So what about specific brands and models? Great question, we’re glad you asked! As we mentioned earlier, almost every shoe fits differently. On the larger-fitting end you have most of the Adidas line, such as the Adidas Combat Speed 4 (think Vans or Chuck Taylors), Mat Wizard 3, Flying Impact, Tech-Fall, Pretereo, etc. The Adizero Varner and the HVC 2 are more of “medium” fit shoes. The majority of ASICS and Nike shoes run about a half size to a full size smaller than Adidas wrestling shoes, with a few exceptions. Smallest ASICS: Matflex, JB Elite V2, Cael V7, Dan Gable Ultimate 4, Snapdown, and Omniflex Attack. Medium/Large ASICS: Aggressor 3. For Nike, the Inflict and the Hypersweep run on the smaller size, while the Freek is considered medium/true to size.
Phew…alright that was a lot of sizing info. You’re an expert now, right? Cool. One of the great side effects of the rapid growth of women’s wrestling, and the sport of wrestling as a whole is…wait for it…MORE SHOES!! We are living in the golden era of wrestling shoe production. Never in history have there been so many options to choose from in terms of color, shape, width, grip type, etc., etc., etc. You have split soles for better flexibility, full soles for more grip, high ankles for more support, low ankles for mobility, and the list goes on. Another thing you’ll notice is the growing variety of color options. Each season, we’ve been seeing more and more new colorways that are designed to appeal the female population in the wrestling world. Of course, no shoe brand is perfect, and we won’t always have the exact color of your dreams, but the women’s wrestling shoe game has come a long way.
If you have any questions regarding women’s wrestling shoes, please give us a call at 888-887-8893, or email support@WrestlingMart.com today!
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