Wrestling shoe

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A pair of wrestling shoes.

Wrestling shoes are active wear used in competition and practice for the sport of wrestling. Generally light and flexible, they try to mimic the bare foot, while providing slightly more traction and ankle support and less chance of contracting a disease or hurting the opponent with exposed toe nails. As a result, wrestling shoes tend to have a high top design to provide ankle support and cushioning.

Some powerlifters find wrestling shoes to be useful when lifting because of how little shock absorption they provide.

There are also higher arches in wrestling shoes to keep the athlete on their toes more to allow more speed.

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