Kung Fu Shoes - Yes or No?

Damien

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A bit of thread necromancy, but for anyone looking for good training shoes in the future, I recommend Merrell Vapour Gloves. They're nice and flexible, lightweight, have a tough sole and a bit of grip, but not so much you can't turn your feet easily. They also have a wide toe box, which I think is a must for shoes these days. The only downside is that they aren't overly cushioned, so if you do a lot of jumping it can be uncomfortable if you aren't used to it. In which case Lems are pretty good, though a bit on the pricey side.

I find Feiyue's are too narrow having spent years wearing barefoot shoes. Other than that they are great though, so if you have narrow feet or don't mind squishing your toes in you can't really go wrong. Just don't get the fashion shoe version, make sure you get the ones where the sole is slightly rounded and comes up the sides in a curve. The French made fashion ones just aren't the same for kung fu. It's getting harder and harder to find authentic Feuyue MA shoes outside of China these days though, so knock off brands can be the way to go.
 

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A bit of thread necromancy, but for anyone looking for good training shoes in the future, I recommend Merrell Vapour Gloves. They're nice and flexible, lightweight, have a tough sole and a bit of grip, but not so much you can't turn your feet easily. They also have a wide toe box, which I think is a must for shoes these days. The only downside is that they aren't overly cushioned, so if you do a lot of jumping it can be uncomfortable if you aren't used to it. In which case Lems are pretty good, though a bit on the pricey side.

I find Feiyue's are too narrow having spent years wearing barefoot shoes. Other than that they are great though, so if you have narrow feet or don't mind squishing your toes in you can't really go wrong. Just don't get the fashion shoe version, make sure you get the ones where the sole is slightly rounded and comes up the sides in a curve. The French made fashion ones just aren't the same for kung fu. It's getting harder and harder to find authentic Feuyue MA shoes outside of China these days though, so knock off brands can be the way to go.
If training in class you should probably follow school etiquette and wear whatever the instructor prefers you to have. However , when you find the art you will likely follow , get a good training partner and practice all your available skills in everyday clothing. You can't gaurantee to be attacked by the right opponent in the right circumstance , place or time that will suit you!
 

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