This is what most people think of when they think about kick shoes. Comfortable, soft soled, flexible shoes. Perfect for kicking in, one might say.
In my opinion, these people are thinking inside the box. Maybe they need to widen their perspective. Take a walk through the shoe department at their local store. That's what I did to find the perfect kicking shoes.
Spinning wheel kicks:
Now that I'm finally developing a good spinning wheel kick, I think it's important to always be prepared to throw one. This means that I will have to be able to spin on the toes of one foot, while clobbering my assailant with the heel of my other foot.
I think these shoes perfectly embrace this need. Spikes on the heel may be a little overdone, but they add a little something, wouldn't you say?
And, for Casual Friday, we have flats. These are also good for the farmer's market, a picnic, and a trip to the zoo. More practical for walking than heels, they still have a certain panache that regular kicking shoes are lacking. These shoes would also be great for landing a particularly hard back kick, since you can get good traction for a hard kick.
Roundhouse and Front Kicks:
For roundhouse and front kicks, we need something a little different. We still need that great pivot on the toe, so a heel is almost required. But, for this kick, we can kick with the top of our foot. While these shoes would not be particularly useful for an ax kick, they would certainly work for a push kick.
The next time you're out shopping for a blender, be sure you stop by the shoe section. You may just find the perfect kicking shoes.