Converse made these shoes for wrestling in the 1970s.
This is an ASICS reissue of the Onitsuka Tiger Wrestling 81, which is like their early 1980's models.
This is the adidas Wrestling Canvas, a 2004 reissue that used the uppers of their 1984 wrestling shoe (they did change the outsole).
adidas Akrid. Note that the outsole material wraps along the side of the shoe in the forefoot and heel areas. The apparent intent of this design feature is to increase traction when pushing with the shoe not level with the mat.
adidas Mondial. Note the three stripes in the outsole forefoot.
ASICS Counter. Features Ghilley lacing and a design where pulling the laces tighter increased stability across the front of the foot.
ASICS The Baum
Nike Foot Sweep
Nike Air Reversal
Nike Greco Supreme (Red)
Nike Greco Supreme (Blue)
Recent rule changes call for the shoelace ends to be covered. Many styles have integral lace covers to take care of this requirement.
adidas A'ttaak. This style has extensive ridges that wrap upward from the outsole to facilitate pushing against wrestling mats. This particular style and colorway is notable because it, at one time, was the only wrestling shoe that comes in both male and female versions. ASICS had a female-specific wrestling shoe at the same time with no male counterpart.
ASICS Jackal. This is a Fall 2002 model that features an integral lace cover that was basically an ankle strap.
ASICS Split Second V. This model features an extended tongue that flips over the laces. Hook and loop fasteners then keep the tongue extension in place. This model is similar to the Unrestrained but the outsole is a split into separate toe and heel pieces.
ASICS Unrestrained. This model is similar to the Split Second V but the outsole is a single piece.
ASICS GEL-Assault. This 2005 style is particularly interesting. The shoe design stuffs the lace ends inside the tongue. Then, an attached flap comes up and over the front of the tongue. Hook and loop fasteners then keep the tongue flap in place.
Nike Speedsweep V.
Among athletic shoes, wrestling shoes have always been a fascinating breed apart from all others... kind of like the wrestlers I know:
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