You may be thinking, have I already read this article? Parkour shoes sounds extremely familiar…
Well, that’s cause this article is a 2.0, a follow up to a previous article we did on our favorite shoes for parkour.
Why do a follow up? We’ve found some new favorite shoes, and some of the shoes we highlighted in the previous article, are now out of production! If you want to see our last article you can check it out here:
A quick reminder about what makes a stellar parkour shoe…
A good parkour shoe has durable grip that works on a multitude of surfaces. Shoes with foam bottoms are an immediate no, as they will easily slide off of objects.
A good parkour shoe is flexible enough to not restrain you. You should be able to easily fold the shoe in half with your hands.
A good parkour shoe has enough padding to absorb some impact, while not being so thick that you can’t feel the ground under you.
A good parkour shoe is light, a heavy shoe will make it very hard to quickly re-position your feet.
A good parkour shoe is breathable. Shoes with little breath-ability will make your feet feel like mini-swamps shortly into your session.
A good parkour shoe has a single piece of rubber for the sole. (Again foam bottoms are always a no go.)
A good parkour shoe is durable. If your shoe breaks easily, it’s gonna break your bank.
Our new number one pick for parkour shoe is the phenomenal Vans Ultra Range-Rapidweld. Recently this shoe has been sweeping the parkour community, it is worn and promoted by many of the Motus Projects athletes and many other elite parkour icons. The first thing you notice about the shoe is the strange, almost cleat-like nubs on the bottom of the shoe. Do not worry about these, while they are strange, they grind down pretty quickly, and when they’re smaller they can actually be a great addition to the already extremely grippy rubber. The next thing that makes these shoes a standout winner is their incredible flexibility. Ultrarange have a super dynamic, and flexible sole, as well as amazing overall mobility. The shoe is constructed from a mesh-like material, which increases breathability, and makes for a lighter shoe overall. Because of the mainly mesh body, you also don’t have to worry about your feet sweating, making this shoe even more comfortable. The only serious complaint we have with this shoe is it seems to have a quite short prime life. After about two to three months you start to see tears forming at the base of the shoe on the side. One notable con about the shoe is its square edges which could lead to a higher chance of rolling an ankle. (you can find them here:https://www.vans.com/shop/womens-ultrarange/ultrarange-mesh-black )
Our next highlighted shoe is a pick by coach Patrick, The Strike Movement Chill Pill Transits. The Chill Pill Transits are a compact and lightweight shoe, designed to be effective footwear for nearly every mover. Strike movement has been producing Parkour and movement products for several years now, and their shoes have been steadily improving. The Chill Pill Transits feature a minimum heel raise for even footing and balanced movement. The shoe is incredibly lightweight and features a primarily mesh body, similar to the Vans Ultra Range. The grip is effective on a wide variety of surfaces and lasts for a considerable time. The Chill Pill Transits seem to have moderate padding, but leaning towards a more minimalistic design, similar to shoes like the Puma Cabana Racers, or Onitsuka Tigers. The Chill Pill Transits seem to have outstanding durability. Patrick has been putting them through moderate-heavy usage for about four months, and they are still going strong. (You can find them here:https://strike-mvmnt.com/collections/chill-pill-transit/products/chill-pill-transit-br-phantom-classic-white-c5?variant=6208105742374 )
If all else fails you can always get a pair of good o’l Feiyues. They are cheap and have great grip on most surfaces and are perfect for kids since they grow out of their shoes every few months. Everybody works differently, and every athlete has different needs, so don’t take our recommendations as gospel. Find the shoes that work best for you and your training style. Ask your friends what shoes they wear, this is how we found our favorite shoes! Be wary of shoes specifically labeled for parkour, oftentimes these are some of the lowest quality gear you can buy. Historically parkour brands have put out subpar shoes, but this is excitingly starting to change! So be wary of any shoe currently on the market that claims to be a parkour shoe. (You can find them here: : https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Claw-Feiyue-Martial-Shoes/dp/B0000CDBST/ref=sr_1_3/131-5922570-7534900?ie=UTF8&qid=1528338977&sr=8-3&keywords=feiyue+martial+arts+shoes)
Happy shoe shopping!