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What are the Best Wushu Shoes?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

WushuKicks.com’s Top 5 Wushu Shoes of 2010 Review

Feiyue Wushu Shoes

Feiyue Wushu Shoes

Feiyue wushu shoes - the most common and well known shoes for general training for wushu athletes. The feiyue shoes provide the best overall value for a martial arts shoe because it has the highest combined effect of comfort, cushioning, affordability, and durability. A lot of people wear this shoe for kung fu, shaolin, wushu, and parkour / free running training.
Professional Wushu Shoes

Professional Budosaga Wushu Shoes

Professional Budosaga Wushu Shoes - The number 1 wushu shoe for professional athletes used in wushu competitions by world wushu champions. This shoe has a thin sole that lets you feel the carpet or floor beneath you so that you can maintain better balance and a good sense of the floor during back sweeps. The thin sole also protects you from rolling your ankle and lets you feel more comfortable on any jumps or acrobatic moves. This is also one of the lights shoes out there… combined with the leather material which provides loud slaps and a snug contour to your feet with continued use, this is one of the best shoes available.
Tiger Claw Wushu Shoes

Tiger Claw Wushu Shoes

Tiger Claw Martial Arts Shoes good for training and competitions. The leather design works well and also has an added feature that keeps the laces tight so that if you are jumping around and kicking the laces will not easily come undone and will not hurt your hands as much for front slap kicks.
Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Wushu Feiyue High Top Shoes - The original feiyue wushu shoe now in hi top form! The feiyue hi top shoes also come in a black color as well. You can check them out: Black Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

White Black Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

Adidas SM-II Martial Arts Shoe - This shoe is actually a well-rounded all around martial arts shoe. It is good for in-door and out-door martial arts training so that you don’t hurt your bare feet while doing kicks. A lot of martial artists wear this shoe ranging from styles like wushu to taekwondo. The design is a classic and it is a brand name that you can trust makes high quality sports shoes. You can also check these out in black and red.
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Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

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Nike and Adidas Wushu Shoes

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Change comes slowly for the age-old Chinese martial art of wushu. But this year, it’s joining forces with the swoosh.

In an unlikely move for a U.S. footwear company, Nike is joining the small Chinese market of wushu shoemakers. The modern version of the sport, a close cousin of kung fu, emphasizes aesthetic and athletic performance over basic fighting. While it isn’t an official Olympic sport, an Olympic-sanctioned tournament will take place this summer.

That was enough for Nike to jump in. The shoes would have to survive a host of punishing moves: rapid accelerations and braking; 720-degree gymnastic-like spins; and the use of weapons including broadswords, staffs and double-edged swords.

In a Beijing park, a four-person Nike team sought out septuagenarian Master Wu Bin, who was teaching hundreds of students, for his help. He agreed, and work eventually shifted to Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus, where researchers slapped scores of reflective markers onto U.S. wushu athletes and their weapons while 16 high-speed video cameras recorded data. “Reflective markers were flying,” said Jeff Pisciotta, who studies athlete biomechanics in the Nike lab. Researchers from the University of Beijing and the University of Shanghai eventually pitched in.

The final shoe, to be sold for $80 at Nike.com, uses sturdy kangaroo leather instead of the typical canvas and a lightweight gum rubber for more-precise pivoting during moves. An unexpected problem: painful shoelaces, because wushu athletes traditionally hit their shoes with their palms as part of their performance. Nike created pockets to hide shoelace tips for easier slapping.

–Nicholas Casey

Nike Wushu Shoes
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Nike Shaolinquan (Mandarin for “Martial Arts”)
Wushu

Wushu is an exhibition and full contact sport with roots in traditional Chinese martial arts and a 3,000 year history. In Chinese, “Wu” means military while “Shu” means art.

Nike respects the past and represents the future with its new innovative spin on footwear for Wushu. Nike gained important insight from several world-class athletes and coaches. The result is the very light and supportive Shaolinquan, Mandarin for Martial Arts. It has been embraced by top athletes in the world, as well as by fashion icons, for its traditional yet innovative styling. It is premium crafted footwear, designed to blend functional excellence with simple, stylistic beauty. Weighing a mere 4.75 oz, the Shaolinquan shoe is constructed from a rich, premium kangaroo leather and includes a modified herringbone pattern, which optimizes traction between the athletes’ feet and Wushu mats. A soft, flexible, lightweight gum rubber outsole was created to allow for better pivoting on the forefoot. The shoes have a pocket on them to tuck laces into and extra short aglets for safety.

On one side of the shoe is the character “Wu,” which means military in Chinese. On the back of the shoe is lettering that, when translated, says “Hero inside. Release it.”

Key Features
• Weighs 4.75 oz
• Constructed from kangaroo leather and a modified Herringbone pattern
• Gum rubber outsole allows for better pivoting
• Back of the shoe is inscribed with Chinese letters that read: “Hero inside. Release it.”

Pant and Jacket

Like taekwondo, wushu has centuries of tradition and strict uniform requirements, important considerations when it came to updating the classic silhouette. When Nike designers started talking to the wushu team, the athletes were hesitant to change. However, when the designers brought the team samples of a new uniform that was more breathable but preserved the traditional look and feel of silk, the athletes were thrilled. Designers worked to find a material that had both the look and feel of silk, but that was a Dri-FIT fabric to help sweat evaporate. Stretch paneling in the pant makes it easier to move, and mesh venting in the jacket sides helps keep athletes cool. The jacket’s traditional mandarin collar and cuffs have a mesh facing to draw moisture away from the skin surface. The wushu uniform has all the characteristics and tradition of the original but with Nike’s unique performance technology enhancements.

Nike Black Wushu Shoes

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See Nike’s Making of the Wushu Show Interview Video Clip Here – NIKE WUSHU SHOE