View Full Version : Why are boxing boots high cut?


Trrmo
06-17-2008, 11:33 PM
After a long layoff I am getting back into boxing. I was wondering why boxing boots are high cut. After 6 years of training/sparring using normal runners I cant remeber any ankle problems. So besides the appearance and the warm fuzzy felling you get when booting up for for fight that makes you feel like a real boxer
what are the advantages. I was thinking of buying some low cut martial art style ´boots´that have the same sole and appearance except for being low cut.

Karlos1991
06-18-2008, 05:16 AM
I'm not sure but I think it may be extra support and protection for your ankle.

jberg
06-18-2008, 09:44 AM
^^ yepyep ankle support.
nothing worse than underperforming because of ankle strain

T-97
06-18-2008, 09:49 AM
I would agree with those above. It is to support your ankle, same reason walking boots are like that. It would suck to lose a fight because you hurt your ankle in the fight wouldn't it?

And plus makes you feel like a pro :D:D

Trrmo
06-18-2008, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the answers but as I said in my original post I trained and sparred for 6 or so years in normal low cut runners and never had any ankle problems sprains or strains, so for me I cannot see why the ankle support is necessary. Nearly everyone else I train and have have trained with use normal runners and only high cut boots for comp.

TheTruthIs
06-18-2008, 11:42 AM
It depends on your form. A higher cut is good if you tend to have a fairly straight forward plodding style. If you are agile and move a lot laterally, then a lower cut will serve you better for mobility. Pros and cons to either.

msagrain
06-18-2008, 12:21 PM
I'm not sure but I think it may be extra support and protection for your ankle.

A person of 16 could answer something a 35 years old could not..... it just goes to show you can't teach common sense.

Trrmo
06-18-2008, 01:43 PM
msagrain I realise the high cut is for ankle support and of course this is common sense - no need to insult my intelligence (although people can learn from people of all ages) - but if you read what else I wrote, what I want to know is the ankle support necessary because all my training has been done in runners (without ankle problems), but, like most others when I competed it was high cut boots. Perhaps it also could be argued that if we compete in the boots we ought to train and spar in them as well: makes sense? I just wanted thoughts of other boxers and some further information or theory why high cut boots. Thanks for your answer thetruthis

Smokin'J
06-18-2008, 02:21 PM
smoothness and slide while others have more grip i guess

msagrain
06-18-2008, 04:21 PM
msagrain I realise the high cut is for ankle support and of course this is common sense - no need to insult my intelligence (although people can learn from people of all ages) - but if you read what else I wrote, what I want to know is the ankle support necessary because all my training has been done in runners (without ankle problems), but, like most others when I competed it was high cut boots. Perhaps it also could be argued that if we compete in the boots we ought to train and spar in them as well: makes sense? I just wanted thoughts of other boxers and some further information or theory why high cut boots. Thanks for your answer thetruthis

It just annoys me when i see these type of questions. They just help in the ring, sometimes if you don't have good footwork, your ankles can twist.

Trrmo
06-18-2008, 04:41 PM
I am sorry to annoy you with the question. I was looking for some further insightful information and discussion about the relative advantages/disadvantages of traditional high cut boxing boots so I guess I could have posted the title a bit better. But dont be so quick to judge someone you dont know, I was boxing before you were born.

P4PKING_2008
06-18-2008, 04:42 PM
I am sorry to annoy you with the question. I was looking for some further insightful information and discussion about the relative advantages/disadvantages of traditional high cut boxing boots so I guess I could have posted the title a bit better. But dont be so quick to judge someone you dont know, I was boxing before you were born.

That I struggle to believe.

Nacho_Analstain
06-18-2008, 04:47 PM
Its not just ankle support, They are light-weight and specifically designed for the movements you make in the ring, You almost feel barefooted so you feel more agile. They help with movement A LOT!

They help with skipping too, Because there is hardly any sole on the bottom.

Oh and they are built to last, Take your average pair of trainers to the boxing gym and you will see how bad they look after a few months, All the weight being transfered ruins the soles and shape of the shoe, Boxing boots don't do that.

Trrmo
06-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Well P4Gking according to MSAGrains profile he is 22 and born in 1986, I had my first fight when I was 12 in 1984 at 42 kgs, my last was in 2000 , 28 yrs old at 75kgs. I have started training again at 35 and am already back to 76kgs feel stronger than ever. You dont have to believe it.

Nacho_Analstain
06-18-2008, 05:53 PM
Well P4Gking according to MSAGrains profile he is 22 and born in 1986, I had my first fight when I was 12 in 1984 at 42 kgs, my last was in 2000 , 28 yrs old at 75kgs. I have started training again at 35 and am already back to 76kgs feel stronger than ever. You dont have to believe it.

Hes not 22 either hes 17 :lol1:

Trrmo
06-18-2008, 08:01 PM
lol really? can anyone direct me to the old mans boxing forum?

Nacho_Analstain
06-18-2008, 08:05 PM
lol really? can anyone direct me to the old mans boxing forum?

Theres a load your age around here, Don't worry.

leff
06-19-2008, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the answers but as I said in my original post I trained and sparred for 6 or so years in normal low cut runners and never had any ankle problems sprains or strains, so for me I cannot see why the ankle support is necessary. Nearly everyone else I train and have have trained with use normal runners and only high cut boots for comp.

good for you if you havent, but thats probably why they are high cut, ive had problems with the ankles from muai thai (barefotted) but never with the high cut boxing shoes