When training a lot in capoeira, using shoes is a great option.
Good capoeira shoes will keep your feet comfortable and pain free while training the diverse range of capoeira movements.
There are a lot of options available for shoes, but for capoeira there are some criteria to keep in mind. Aside from the type of shoes, the first is deciding whether to wear them at all…
The decision to use shoes or train barefoot comes down to a matter of preference. Each option has its own pros and cons, both of which I’ve experienced. I’ll share some of these so you can be better informed to decide for yourself.
Blistering isn’t necessarily bad though. It’s the first step to getting callused feet. At this point, your feet become hardened and training barefoot becomes a breeze. Keep this in mind when making the choice for shoes or not.
With either option, feel free to experiment and remember you aren’t forced into either one or the other. I normally switch between both options based on how I feel and what moves I’m training.
When choosing shoes to wear for capoeira, it’s really important to get the right type.
You don’t want your game to be limited by your shoes!
Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind…
Pay attention to the floor you train on and keep this in mind when getting shoes.
You don’t want to be performing a meia lua de compasso with bricks on your feet!
Make sure to stick to light shoes, the lighter the better.
Now that you have a good idea of what to look for in a shoe, here are some good choices I’ve used and seen used for capoeira shoes.