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Discipline Martial Arts Shoes by Discipline

Discipline Martial Arts Shoes

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Product Description
    • Made with lightweight leather
    • Mesh side vents
    • Allows for full range of motion
    • Non marking sole
    • Available in black or white
    • High top version also available

    Made with soft, lightweight leather the discipline martial arts shoes are as much as 15% lighter than other martial arts shoes. These shoes feature an athletic shoe style design with a lace-up front and separated leather tongue. The shoe has breathable mesh side panels that will help to keep your feet cool and dry during intense training and competition. The heels are deeply notched to provide a full, natural range of motion and eliminate the restrictive feel common in athletic shoes. This shoe has advantages for all martial artists, including grapplers and practitioners of mixed martial arts. The front features an extra layer of rubber in front of the instep to provide extra gripping when on the mat. The soles are made with a special non-marking rubber that easily grips most surfaces providing control and stability.

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About Discipline Shoes (size, shape, qualities)

This video displays the Discipline low top martial art shoe and discusses it's qualities (sole, interior, laces, etc) and who might enjoy wearing them. They are also compared against standard boxing shoes.  
by: okiken108      
12/30/2010 12:19:31 PM
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I bought these shoes in response to a knee injury. In my particular situation, I have a torn meniscus, as well as pronated ankles and flat feet. Ordinarily I wear orthotics but in the dojo prior to my injury I used bare feet.

Now I can use the orthotic inserts inside the Discipline shoes. I appreciate the easily removable insert as it accommodates my situation. If you're not interested in removing the insert, I do recommend obtaining some shoe glue to prevent slipping of the insert.

Mr. gdusseau apparently re-injured his meniscus tear due to the grip of these shoes. My experience with the Discipline shoes is that on smooth surfaces such as traditional wood floor (or a basketball court or racquetball court) the Discipline shoes pivot easily. On a more rubbery surface (a room set up for aerobics instruction) they do *not*. Choose this shoe depending on your training environment.

Build-wise these shoes easily exceed the quality of similar designs with excellent stitching rather than a cheaply glued-on sole and lateral outside support.

These shoes would also be good choices for fencers due to their light weight and firm fit.  
by: No.6   
3/9/2006 10:27:19 AM
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a foot glove

Don't know if it's the best out there because after the first pair I bought, I never wanted to try anything else. I buy them the size I usually wear and they fit like a glove.  
by: anonymous
4/22/2005 10:08:25 AM
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great succint way to describe these shoes. They are excellent for training.
by: okiken108    
1/28/2010 11:57:07 PM
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Are the discipline shoes still available?

Are the discipline line of martial arts shoes still available? I have read all good reviews regarding the shoes but everywhere i look shows them as not available at this time or a very limited quantity of specific sizes?

Thank you  
by: bxtr97   
12/10/2012 2:21:53 PM
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Sorry bxtr but we no longer have access to these shoes, and I believe the actual manufacturing of them has suspended (although I'm not 100% certain on that). We are definitely keeping our eyes peeled for a chance to stock them again though.
by: okiken108    
12/12/2012 1:52:20 PM
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I would like to order a pair of the Discipline shoes but I need
them to be a size 13.. Is that something you carry, or can order?
by: Darrell   
6/29/2012 1:23:29 AM
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Unfortunately these shoes are not available for us to restock, so we won't be able to help in finding a size 13.
by: okiken108    
7/2/2012 1:16:34 PM
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Service was very good. People were very responsive and helpful in making the appropriate selection and size. Item ordered is very comfortable for tai chi . I am very pleased with the shoes and with the treatment I have received.  
by: Reen   
1/16/2012 3:35:43 PM
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how is the arch support in the discipline martial art shoe?
by: wendy   
1/4/2012 10:21:23 PM
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Arch support is generally minimal. The idea behind discipline is to be close to barefoot while still providing protection.
by: okiken108    
1/5/2012 9:27:40 AM
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Great Shoes

I bought my first pair a year and a half ago. I use them two to three times a week training in Taekwondo and they are still holding up well. I first purchased these so I could use an insert. I do use a different insole that works well. I am a female and I found these to be true to size and are very comfortable. They have exceeded my expectations. I will purchase another pair.   
by: sb   
12/21/2011 9:46:48 PM
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They should be called gloves for your feet...

These shoes were purchased for kung fu. I have orthopedic inserts and most of the kf shoes are a bit shallow and everytime I'd kick my shoes would become projectile missiles.

These shoes are deep enough to hold my foot and insert comfortably. They also fit my feet like a glove. It feels like I am wearing feathers they are so lightweight.

I would highly recommend them to anyone.  
by: dianami   
12/20/2011 3:52:53 PM
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discipline shoes for woman

do you have any discipline shoes for ladies?  
by: nana   
8/19/2011 10:00:23 PM
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Hmm, the only shoes we have specifically for ladies are here: cl-sh-27, but the sizes are limited at the moment.
by: okiken108    
8/23/2011 12:07:18 PM
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Great shoes

I bought a pair of these about a year ago and have no real complaints. They have held up week after week with no issues. They are still comfortable and have always fit my foot tightly but not too tight. The price was great, especially when compared to wrestling shoes.

The only slight knock on the shoes (and any martial arts or wrestling shoe really) would be grip on mats. They will grip a little more than bare feet but it is nothing that you can't power through, especially once you get familiar with the amount of grip they give.

I recommend these and will definitely pick up another pair when these finally wear out.  
by: the_argo   
5/19/2011 6:53:10 PM
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2nd pair

Bought a pair in 2005 and wear them almost every day for tai chi practice. The soles are still OK. They are a little narrow, or my feet are a little wide? so the sides split at my little toe so I've repaired the uppers a few times but really find it hard to believe they've lasted so long. They are very comfortable, with a thin sole that gives a good feel of the ground. A circular tread on the sole at the ball of the foot makes spin-kicks easier. I'd prefer all black to the white accents - they don't stay white in the real world.  
by: Patrick   
3/30/2011 1:55:38 AM
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Are there Discipline Martial Arts Shoes for Women?  
by: Doris L. Gidney   
3/21/2011 4:48:48 PM
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I bought these shoes back in August 2010 after not being thrilled with the last 2 pair of adidas. These shoes are definitely the best. They are the most comfortable and have really been durable. By now the other shoes I used would have been falling apart, but these still look and perform like new. Great deal!  
by: rosswitte2   
3/21/2011 10:04:40 AM
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Good for Kung Fu?.

Hey, I study a style that has a lot of acrobatics and sparring, would these shoes be ok for me?.
A few of my main concerns are:
the shoe will last for at least 8 months with daily workouts.
It WILL NOT LEAVE marks on my kwoon floor.
It will get a good amount of traction against tile floor.
and last but not least that it will be ok for doing a lot of leg conditioning and heavy bag work.
Thanks, all comment and replies are greatly appreciated!.

-Collin from Colorado
by: Gcollin   
3/11/2011 12:46:51 AM
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Hey Collin. I'd like to list a few answers for you, that way you can assess if these shoes would be the right choice for you.

1. I really believe the durability of these shoes would last for you. Although it sounds like you are going to be using them hard, I've yet to see a brand of martial art shoe with higher quality.

2. I've never had these shoes mark a mat when I've worn them. That being said, don't take any risks - try them out on a spare piece of mat or off in the corner before going full tilt in the center of the dojang.

3. They will provide added traction on tile, although they are not as grippy as a running shoe. Also be aware that you'll have to compensate a bit during spinning on mats.

4. They will be fine for conditioning and bag work. Understand that the top of the shoe doesn't have any foam padding as you might expect from a sparring footgear. They also aren't great for sparring because they don't protect your partner in any way (it's basically like getting kicked with a shoe).
by: okiken108    
3/14/2011 12:45:00 PM
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Discipline a shoe for female martial artists???

I've tried many different types of martial arts shoes with no luck. Since the shoes are designed for and in men's sizes (vs women's sizes), they always are waaaaay too wide, even if they fit length-wise. Then over time, the condition is made worse when the too-wide shoe gets worn, stretched out even more to where I'm swimming in my shoes! Not the best way to do kung-fu. So are there any females out there who have tried the Discipline shoes and are happy with their fit not just length-wise but width?? Do they stretch out or maintain a snug fit even after months of training? I would just like to know before I purchase yet another pair of shoes that won't fit (why can't design shoes for female martial artists??)and I'm hoping from what I've read about Discipline shoes it will be the answer to my problems.   
by: ice   
3/1/2011 11:00:17 PM
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I was wondering if these shoes would be able to handle the wear and tear of running and long jogs to work on cardio and endurance. Thank you for the help.   
by: LoneWolf   
1/28/2011 11:34:05 PM
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The quality of the shoe would allow it to hold up to that kind of activity, although it doesn't have the same sole thickness or support as a traditional running shoe.
by: okiken108    
2/2/2011 3:37:27 PM
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So if I were to go on runs on concrete the sole would be wared down, and possible lose traction?
by: LoneWolf  
2/2/2011 8:15:39 PM
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Yes, probably a bit faster than regular running shoes which are designed to witshtand that.

Of course it's not like they will just fall apart on you. You'd get some good use out of them.
by: okiken108    
3/4/2011 10:28:37 AM
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These are not designed to withstand the stresses of regular running. The issue would be insole wear as much as outsole wear. Nor are the outsoles designed to withstand the abrasion of running - not the right material. If you have a fore-foot strike and NO heel-strike these would wear out pretty quickly. If you have heel-strike your knees will wear out quickly - there is NO heel cushion (great for MA, OK for fore-foot strike, terrible for heel-strike). I walk around in these and they are really comfortable. I run bare-foot (fore-foot strike), and might wear my old pair for running, and have beaten them pretty hard on a bag, but I think they would blow apart pretty quickly with regular running. Run barefoot, then put your shoes on!
by: Patrick  
3/30/2011 2:07:55 AM
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During the winter months, I have limited access to my dojo, which means I get to work out by myself, in my garage. So, my question is how well these are for work on concrete? Is there enough traction to safely do spinning kicks and bag work and the like?
by: Polartch   
12/26/2010 1:10:35 PM
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The sole is quite sneaker-like so I think you'll get all the traction you need to safely train.
by: okiken108    
12/27/2010 11:53:28 AM
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Awesome Buy!

Comfortable, durable and available in a size 14! Yes! Karate Depot, you have awesome merchandise.  
by: dmhill59   
11/19/2010 7:30:48 AM
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Don't last

The shoes are comfortable and fit well. I wear a size 15. However, I have had them for ten weeks and both heals have ripped off. I glued one heel at about 6 weeks, but it has ripped in another spot. Not to impressed with this shoe. Unfortunately, not many options in my size.  
by: doc   
10/19/2010 3:48:35 PM
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Thank You !

This is not a question.
I just wanted to thank you for the heads up on the Vibram footwear. I will be ordering a pair of the KSO'S. Exactly what i was looking for! You are a credit to your craft.
by: dmk   
8/16/2010 8:16:52 PM
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Awesome, glad to help DMK. Best of luck in your music and hope to see you around again.
by: okiken108    
8/17/2010 1:34:05 PM
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Discipline for Drummer's?

I am a musician,...(drummer), and need a shoe that fits like a glove and is very flexable. Thin in nature.Almost like wearing a sock with a rubber bottom. There seem to be only two company's making drumming shoe's at this time and i was wondering how these would work ? I wear a 12 1/2 to 13 size shoe with an E width on one foot and a double E on the other foot.
Thank you for any help you may be able to provide.
by: dmk   
8/15/2010 10:06:05 AM
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Hey DMK - I think these would be a fine choice for you. I think you should try these out, but also check out what vibram is doing - http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

I've heard great things about them too.
by: okiken108    
8/16/2010 5:00:45 PM
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Love these shoes!

After a torn achilles tendon - mat work outs in bare feet are no longer an option and I needed support that I was not finding in a wrestling or boxing shoe. I debated about ordering these sight unseen but am so glad I did - they were absolutely everything they claimed to be. they are extremely light and comfortable and have enough support that I am able to work out with no pain during or after my class. I also do not feel any pressure on my surgical scar from the back of the shoe. I wear a women's size 8 1/2 and the size 7 fit perfect. For me at least, these shoes were definitely worth the money.  
by: tkhough   
7/18/2010 7:20:54 PM
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Best I Could Find

I looked a long time, and tried various shoes for Taijijuan. I am a larger player (6'2"/235), and regular Kung Fu shoes, while they work, tend to turn under on the pivots, particularly to the outside. The lace-up seakers roll under both ways, and have no stability. I have had some pretty serious feet trouble (not martial art related), and need a full lace-up shoe that has some support and stability for the feet, and can be adjusted to my problem foot. These shoes work pretty well, but after several months of workouts, they are pushing out to the outside (both shoes). If I put in an insole to replace the one that comes, they still roll over to the outside. I like the laces very much, and will buy another pair when these wear out, but I'd like to have more foot support without the weight of pro-level tennis and court shoes. These aren't it.

by: robbid   
6/19/2010 9:22:33 AM
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Excellent Shoe

Great shoe that fits perfect. Very comfortable & better than I expected.   
by: robert.bocko   
5/15/2010 11:39:22 AM
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How are these shoes with pivoting on the mats for kicks?  
by: Kckbx79   
4/15/2010 10:55:46 PM
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you're going to get a little more grip than when barefoot.
by: okiken108    
4/21/2010 4:51:18 PM
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Lightweight, comfortable and they help provide nice balance. Time will tell on their durability.   
by: robschmitzer   
2/26/2010 12:43:56 PM
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Lightweight, comfortable and they help provide a nice balance. Time will tell on their durability.   
by: robschmitzer   
2/26/2010 12:42:50 PM
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I'm using these for Tai Chi and general light indoor training. They provide more support for long training sessions and workshops than traditional Chinese slippers or what I otherwise use, lightweight badminton sneakers. I'm a 9 1/2 and this pair of 9 1/2's fit me like a glove, nice and snug. They're very comfortable and extremely light while still providing way more support than the alternatives. I give them a thumbs up.  
by: williamc   
9/29/2008 11:50:25 AM
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Lightweight and comfortable with good grip. I ordered my usual shoe size and it was a very good fit. Sole of shoe seems to be holding up well although it is beginning to separate at the front after 3 months.   
by: devangel   
7/11/2007 10:25:59 AM
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These are a great pair of shoes. They are light weight, flexible and comfortable. Slightly narrow but I fit into them just fine, others that have wide feet might want to order a little bigger to fit properly. I might go for the hightop version just for more ankle support and because I like the feel of hightop shoes. If I do not go for the hightop version, it will be another pair of these. Again, a great shoe.  
by: bassani   
7/10/2007 10:16:00 PM
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These shoes are very comfortable. I will probably order another pair whenever I wear these out.  
by: khepri_06   
7/6/2007 10:16:55 PM
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I was very surprised at the difference that was made switching to these. Very lightweight and highly recommended.  
by: hellokupo   
2/8/2007 4:36:18 PM
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Looks good...and got them quick

I was tired of practicing in regular sneakers, so I got these. My big feet (size 14) are often a problem when shopping for any shoe, and I was pleasantly surprised to find these. I ordered them on Friday afternoon, and they arrived at my door on Monday. Wow! I'll give them the sure test tonight in class, but they seem to fit well, and they seem well made. Thanks, Karate Depot!  
by: sagray   
11/14/2006 9:43:52 AM
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Good purchase

I bought the Addidas martial art shoes originally, and loved them. I read the reviews on the Discipline shoes and took the advice on getting a size bigger because of the tight fit. I did and I love these too. Both are good looking, comfortable, and lightweight, but the Disciplines have a little bit more sole to eat through.  
by: dfunk   
7/1/2006 11:08:40 AM
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Nice shoes but not for wide feet

I really like these shoes. Well made and light. They run small so be sure and get a size larger. My foot is an 11 1/2 wide so I ordered a 12. The length is just right but still too tight on my wide foot. I should have gone with a 13.  
by: anonymous
2/14/2006 12:29:56 AM
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Better than Expected

I have to say that these are without a doubt the best martial arts shoes I have ever used. They are absolutely worth every penny. I ordered my exact shoe size and they fit perfectly.  
by: screamineagle   
12/19/2005 10:30:02 AM
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Pretty good shoes!

I've been studying Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu for about 5 months, and wearing these shoes for about three months. I had been wearing street shoes, but was having trouble getting good pivoting for kicks, plus they seemed a bit heavy, but I wanted something on my feet (when am I going to get in a fight barefoot?). These shoes got good reviews and the company website made good points about them, so I figured I'd try them out.

They are nice and light as advertised, and they really don't require much break-in (if any), although the leather does soften a bit. That's one of my few issues with these shoes; I ordered my street shoe size, but after the leather softened, they were just a smidge looser than I'd like - I think a half size smaller next time will do the trick. Also, I think if the laces extended a bit closer to the toes, the fit would be better; I feel like there's some slop in the forefoot; maybe this is more due to the size issue, but it would still be nice for dialing in the fit. And then as a result of the minor slop, the insoles slide out of place, up around the inside edge of my foot, which is uncomfortable and distracting. I think sticking them down somehow is a good idea; the shoes are super well-ventilated and dry out great, so you probably wouldn't need to take the insoles out anyway.

Aside from those minor issues, which could all stem from the sizing, they have been great. Light, comfortable, and low-profile, and the aforementioned ventilation is great. I'll definitely try another pair, if this pair ever wears out!  
by: anonymous
11/5/2005 7:19:46 PM
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Not equal to the hype

Do you remember the U.S. News and World report about $100 rubber-sole athletic footwear costing $5.00 to manufacture?...in that light...

Several months elapsed before I received my Disciplines. I ordered size 14 men...I do not understand why that size caused the delay.

The posts of Discipline owner/users cite that the shoe is tight for its size, and to order larger than normal. Size 13 is too small for me; there is no 13.5, therefore I ordered 14...14 is too big.

The insole slipped up above my heel when working out...I had to have the insole glued by a shoemaker to solve the problem.

The sole was described as having a perfect balance between spin-slip and traction for martial arts...there is so much grip that I reinjured my miniscus injury.

>The shoe was described as having a ''running shoe'' sole, rather than a typical martial arts shoe...this is no ''running shoe'' sole. It is maybe one degree above canvas-hard-rubber-slum shoes.


This shoe is not worth $60.00.

If you weigh 285 lb. and have a knee injury where rotational friction is a problem, these Disciplines may cause additional injury.


If you must get these Disciplines, and your foot is a 13.5 EEE, look elsewhere.

You will have to glue your insoles.

I am going to use my expensive, shock-absorbing running shoes built for 300 lb. athletes to run, and I will practice katas, tournaments, spar in bare feet. My skin provides the perfect balance of friction/pivot for Kung Fu-Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon (Tao Chi), my Master: Tao Sifu Franklin, Anthem, Arizona, USA.

>I will submit the same responses for my experience with Wado Karate, Sensei Marlon Moore, Gilbert, Arizona, USA

I submit this critique with respect. I wish not to humilitate anyone, but to inform potential purhcasers that share my attributes, and injuries, as imposed by the laws of physics of this planet.  
by: gdusseau   
11/4/2005 3:11:50 PM
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Discipline Martial Arts Shoes

Overall excellent fit through the arch that I found lacking in other shoes I have tried. I have a narrow foot, woman's size 8. Am also able to wear 3/4 length prescriptive orthotics that I need for foot pronation under the removable insoles. Edge of the sole of the shoe can be a bit grippy if dragged on carpet at the wrong angle when pivoting. Other than that am very happy with them. Will buy another pair when these wear out.  
by: anonymous
10/25/2005 10:34:56 PM
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Best shoe

Excellent shoe...stable, durable, and light. I will not use any other shoe. Finally, there is a product that's designed for martial artists needs, and not the manufacturer's needs!  
by: ironfist   
6/22/2005 4:07:30 PM
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Excellent shoes

My feet are exactly 12.5 size and I always get stuck with shoes that are either just .5 size too big (13) or .5 too small (12). I ordered these shoes in 13 because I read that they ''fit like a glove'' and they turned out to be the very first pair of MA shoes I have ever worn that fit my feet perfectly. They have full lace up, which is nice for adjusting support and good soles that move well. Their inner support is good...not great, but solidly built and sturdy. They are exceptionally comfortable and would recommend them to anyone who is a half size who has had the same sizing problems that I have had. I would get them in the ''up'' size because they do fit snugly.

It should also be noted that these are for karate or other stand up striking arts. For grappling I use wrestling shoes. These shoes are fine for light takedowns and finishing moves on the ground, but I would not recommend them for heavy duty grappling or jiu-jitsu as they just don't have the support, soles, or overall toughness to survive very long in that type of use.

I very highly recommend these shoes.  
by: Kenpoguy   
5/24/2005 6:14:19 PM
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Excellent Tai Chi Shoes

This is my second pair of these shoes. They hold up well. The do run small so I had to order about 1/2 size larger than I usually buy. I find these shoes offer protection and flexibility for practice outside.   
by: jkasik   
5/23/2005 8:44:04 AM
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Discipline Martial Arts shoes

These shoes are fabulous. I like them so much I am getting another pair just to wear around casually. They are well constructed. The sole is a hardened rubber, so it does not stick to taekwondo mats. You are easily able to pivot doing all kinds of kicks, spin kicks, whatever. There is a small arch support that is good for cardio. The main reason I got them was the laces, so you can adjust them to fit. They are snug, the women's 9 fit me perfectly (my toe is right at the end), and I wear a woman's 8 1/2 to 9. I was able to work out immediately in them, little to no break-in period required. My Master has these shoes and when I saw them, I knew I had to try them. Other martial arts shoes stretch out, the inside soles disintegrate, and I have been generally unhappy wearing shoes in this martial arts style (in styles I have previously studied, I have never worn shoes). And I just love these. Recommending to all my dojang mates. Great price for a fabulous shoe! Thanks, Karate Depot! - Sherrie R.  
by: anonymous
3/25/2005 10:49:16 AM
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Simply an outstanding product !!!

I would recommend these shoes to anyone! Very high quality and has exceeded every expectation that I had. Will buy another pair.  
by: anonymous
8/20/2004 8:55:10 AM
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Good Shoes Built The Right Way

I first got a pair of these from the owner of the company as a test pair. I saw ads in Black Belt magazine and sent an e-mail inquiring about the availability. The owner called me to tell me the distribution had been held up for a month and offered to send me a pair. I explained to him that I train in Taekwondo both outdoors on concrete and indoors. I'm a BIG guy, and I promised to tell him about the performance and durabiblty of his product. They lasted a LONG time, performed excellently, and held up under my size better than any other martial art shoe ever has.  
by: SUMOBOY   
5/28/2004 3:19:10 PM
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Discipline Martial Arts Shoes

I really like these shoes. They are well designed, well built, lightweight, very comfortable, and function extremely well.

The build is similar to a regular athletic shoe, with full laces and a molded sole with arch support. The less expensive shoes that I have tried (Pine Tree) had elastic tongues and flat soles, which do not offer the same level of fit and function provided by the Discipline shoes.

The soles of the Discipline shoes are somewhat hard and have proven to be quite durable. Traction on carpet and rubberized floors/mats is good while allowing for easy pivoting; they are a little slick on smooth surfaces like vinyl tile or polished concrete.

The only minor flaw I have noticed is that the removable molded felt & rubber liners sometimes shift during hard workouts. Although it is not much of a problem, others have fixed this with some double sided tape or adhesive.

I tried the bargain shoes first, and immediately wanted something better. The Discipline shoes offer superior fit and durability, and have been well worth the extra cost.

As always, Karate Depot offered a great price, inexpensive shipping, and quick delivery.  
by: anonymous
4/4/2004 7:08:05 PM
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These shoes run a little tight. If you're a 7 to 7-1/2, we recommend you go with an 8.

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