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I’ve hardly ever worn shoes while playing capoeira (unless it’s on concrete).
I feel a lot more liberated and unrestricted when I play barefoot. This may be because I’ve never gone out and bought a pair of martial arts type shoes to play in; but playing in Adidas sneakers feels very clunky and awkward.
But there are some people who wear shoes all the time, whenever they play. Most of these shoes are lightweight, have thin soles, and don’t really seem to get in the way.
I’ve seen a few different places online where they sell “capoeira shoes” but I have no experience with any of them, and I don’t want to buy a pair and have them end up being crappy. I also know a few people who wear Puma or Adidas martial art shoes or just light sneakers.
I would love to write up a resource or review of capoeira shoes around the internet, but I really just don’t have the experience. So I’m going to put it out there to you, my faithful and knowledgeable readers.
What’s your take on playing capoeira with shoes on?
I guess this might just go for regionalistas, because (correct me if I’m wrong) it’s common for angolerios to play with shoes. Though, I’d love to hear from any angola players out there on what shoes they prefer. And if you’re a regional player I’d like to know if you play with or without shoes. If you do play with shoes, what kind do you find to be the best fit for capoeira?
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