This is one of the most commonly asked questions from both our students, and parents. Need to find the right shoes for Parkour? We’ve been around the block when it comes to this topic. You want shoes that last, that work well, and that don’t break the bank either.
Here are some guidelines:
Thickness/Bulk – We recommend getting a shoe that has minimal thickness. The thicker the shoe, the harder it is to do Parkour. Some people would consider it as protection, but honestly, it’s like putting a blindfold on your feet. You can’t feel the pressure you need to push from, or the proper placement of your foot for landings/take off. While thinner shoes might be tough to get used to, it will make your Parkour abilities that much better. Don’t go for bulk.
Grip – Make sure the bottom is made of rubber, not foam, and not coated in anything soft/fuzzy. You want to be able to grip to as many surfaces as possible.
Full Bottom – Try to stay away from breaks in the shoe on the arches or in the heel. This is a prime way to get an ankle roll or land somewhere you don’t want to.
Durability – Try to find a shoe that is made well, something that will last, because in Parkour, we tend to go hard on shoes.
These are some shoes we suggest looking into to get the best out of your training, and your wallet. Click on any of the names below to see.