Garb Befitting a Fighter and a Gentleman
From a plain-old cotton to Chuck T’s, boxing training requires the coolest throwback gear.
THE SHIRT: “The only time guys box shirtless is in the presence of women,” says Joel Villines, owner of Echo Park Boxing in Los Angeles. “Save the sexy shirtless look for your Tinder profile pic.” This Roots of Fight cotton shirt hearkens back to the no-frills days of boxing before high-tech fabrics. And besides, who doesn’t want to look like Rocky at the gym? ($40, rootsoffight.com)
THE SHORTS: “The only people I know who have a full set of boxer bling—boxing shoes and boxing shorts—are people who are usually new to the sport and have way too much money for gear,” says Villines. These upscale shorts from Todd Snyder + Champion are comfortable with a sharp silhouette—and the cutoff look wouldn’t be out of place in a gritty Philly boxing gym. ($98, toddsnyder.com)
THE SHOES: “Chuck Taylors are the greatest all-around boxing shoes ever made,” he says. “Their flat, flexible sole is perfect for pivoting, and they’re light enough to move quickly in. But if you get in a bar fight, watch out. If there’s spilled beer on the ground you’re gonna go flying.” ($55, converse.com)
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