Feiyue Tiger Claw shoes are perfect for indoor rowing and kettlebell training
I love these Tiger Claw martial arts shoes for rowing on the Concept2 erg. I love them for kettlebells too. Even better than Converse All Stars. So minimal and so cheap and so sure-footed. Only $18 online. Such a deal.
When rowing on the Concept2 indoor rower there’s no benefit to having either cushion or heel drop, offset, or ramp angle — they’re zero drop shoes. The same thing can be said when you’re lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, or doing any other sort of bodyweight or functional training. CrossFit shoes are popular, yes, but so are the simple canvas and rubber Converse All-Stars.
I’ve discovered an even better solution: the Tiger Claw Feiyue Martial Arts Shoe. In my size, 47, on Amazon, they’re only $20.89.
They’re really basic: canvas, rubber, and a really tacky, soft compound for the sole. They’re zero drop shoes, which is very appealing for bodyweight and functional athletes where bare feet are the alternative and there’s an appeal to feel as planted into the floor as possible.
The sole is very sticky but it also wears really quickly through if you wear it outside as street shoes; however, if you wear them inside, on the rowing ergometer, or just on the floor or mat, then they last for years.
But even if you wear the hell out of them, without socks, like nature intended, then you can always just get another pair for $18-$21 — or, you can buy a few pair right away and cycle through them. They have them in white and black and also have a high-top version if that’s your preference.
I really like them for rowing on the erg because there’s very little bulk between my foot and the foot hold/food stretcher/foot plate/foot rest while still offering enough heel protection to protect my heel from the plastic heel rest/heel backstrap.
I don’t wear socks so there are three really great things about these shoes:
the shoes are a single layer of canvas so they breathe really well so sweat dries quickly and easily
the shoes are simple (they don’t even have a removable insole) so you can throw them in the laundry no problem or wash them in the sink or the dishwasher and keep them smelling nice if and when they get too stinky
they’re super cheap so when they start stinking enough that your SO, housemate, spouse, or lovers start complaining, you can just order another pair from Amazon
If you want a full review of all the shoes I like for indoor rowing on my Concept2 rowing ergometer, check out Best Erging Shoes for Rowing Indoor Rowers.
Chris Abraham wearing Tiger Claw Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes