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Sneakermania: Kicks Worn By Wrestlers In & Outside of the Ring

Sneakermania: Kicks Worn By Wrestlers In & Outside of the Ring

words // Brandon Richard

Throughout the course of history, professional wrestlers have been known to lace up a pair of high-cut leather boots for in-ring competition. Some of the boots have even become famous in their own right. The Iron Sheik's curled-toe Persian boots, Hulk Hogan's bright yellow leather boots and Bret Hart's Concord XI-like patent leather boots are a few that are recognized outside of the world of wrestling.

While the boot is still standard in-ring gear, sneakers have turned up between the ropes more often in recent years. A lot of this started in the late 90s, when wrestling promotions moved away from traditional set-ups for more a more edgy and current feel with their product. You've probably heard of John Cena, a current WWE superstar who has made basketball shoes a part of his usual match get-up. Before him, guys like Kevin Nash and Shane McMahon frequently wore shoes that would be considered "heat" in the sneaker community inside the ring.

We here at Sole Collector can even make the claim of having a hand in blending sneakers and wrestling. Long-time readers of our magazine may recall that we shot WWE Divas for Issues 4 & 5 and TNA Knockouts for Issue 13. Names like Stacy Keibler, Trish Stratus. Torrie Wilson and Christy Hemme are just a few that have graced the SC pages.

Today, the WWE will present the 27th edition of their annual spectacle, Wrestlemania at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. There's an increased buzz surrounding this year's event due to the return of the People's Champ, The Rock, who will be hosting the show. To celebrate Wrestlemania XXVII and bridge the gap between the sneaker world and professional wrestling, let's recap some of the best sneakers we've seen worn by wrestlers, inside and outside of the ring.

2010: Bret "The Hitman" Hart - Jordan True Flight

Bret Hart wearing the Jordan True FlightBret Hart wearing the Jordan True Flight

 

2010: John Cena - Jordan Jeter Throwback

John Cena wearing the Jordan Jeter ThrowbackJohn Cena wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback

 

2009: Shane McMahon - "Cement" Air Jordan Retro 3

Shane McMahon wearing the Cement Air Jordan Retro 3Shane McMahon wearing the Cement Air Jordan Retro 3

 

2010: Santino Marella - Nike Air Max Wavy

Santino Marella wearing the Nike Air Max WavySantino Marella wearing the Nike Air Max Wavy

 

2011: Lisa Marie Varon aka Victoria aka Tara - Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V/2

Victoria wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V/2Victoria wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V/2

 

2010: John Cena - Jordan Flipsyde

John Cena wearing the Jordan FlipsydeJohn Cena wearing the Jordan Flipsyde

 

2004: Stacy Keibler - Air Jordan XI Low White/Pink Sample

Stacy Keibler wearing the Air Jordan XI LowStacy Keibler wearing the Air Jordan XI Low

 

2009: Shane McMahon - Air Jordan Retro 1 "Olympic"

Shane McMahon wearing the Air Jordan Retro 1 OlympicShane McMahon wearing the Air Jordan Retro 1 Olympic

 

1998: Bret & Owen Hart - Nike Zoom T-Bug Flight

Bret & Owen Hart wearing the Nike Zoom T-Bug FlightBret & Owen Hart wearing the Nike Zoom T-Bug Flight

 

2007: John Cena - Reebok Pump Omni Lite

John Cena wearing Reebok Pump Omni LiteJohn Cena wearing Reebok Pump Omni Lite

 

2006: Christy Hemme - Sole Collector x Nike Air Max 95 - "Cowboy"

Christy Hemme wearing the Sole Collector x Nike Air Max 95 "Cowboy"Christy Hemme wearing the Sole Collector x Nike Air Max 95 "Cowboy"

 

2010: Hulk Hogan - Nike Shox Turbo VI iD

Hulk Hogan wearing the Nike Shox Turbo  VI iDHulk Hogan wearing the Nike Shox Turbo  VI iD

 

2009: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Nike Air Max 360 III


The Rock wearing Nike Air Max 360 IIIThe Rock wearing Nike Air Max 360 III

 

2010: John Cena - Jordan Flight 9

John Cena wearing the Jordan Flight 9John Cena wearing the Jordan Flight 9

 

2000: Kevin Nash - Nike Air Garnett III

Kevin Nash wearing the Nike Air Garnett IIIKevin Nash wearing the Nike Air Garnett III

 

2010: Jeff Hardy - adidas Superstar II

Jeff Hardy wearing the adidas Superstar IIJeff Hardy wearing the adidas Superstar II

 

2004: Trish Stratus - Nike Shox Turbo

Trish Stratus wearing the Nike Shox Turbo via Sole CollectorTrish Stratus wearing the Nike Shox Turbo via Sole Collector

 

2009: Batista - Nike Zoom Kobe IV POP

Batista wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI POPBatista wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI POP

 

2011: John Cena - Jordan 1 Fund 5/8

John Cena wearing the Jordan 1 Fund 5/8John Cena wearing the Jordan 1 Fund 5/8

 

2006: Hulk Hogan - Nike Shox Elevate

Hulk Hogan wearing Nike Shox ElevateHulk Hogan wearing Nike Shox Elevate

 

2004: Lisa Marie Varon aka Victoria aka Tara - Air Jordan XVI

Lisa Marie Varon wearing the Air Jordan XVILisa Marie Varon wearing the Air Jordan XVI

 

2007: Shane McMahon - "Fire Red" Air Jordan Retro 3

Shane McMahon wearing the "Fire Red" Air Jordan Retro 3Shane McMahon wearing the "Fire Red" Air Jordan Retro 3

 

2004: Stacy Keibler - Air Jordan X

Stacy Keibler wearing the Air Jordan X via Sole CollectorStacy Keibler wearing the Air Jordan X via Sole Collector

 

2006: John Cena - Reebok Pump Bringback

John Cena wearing the Reebok Pump BringbackJohn Cena wearing the Reebok Pump Bringback

 

2010: Edge - Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Hi

Edge wearing the Converse Chuck Taylor-All-Star HiEdge wearing the Converse Chuck Taylor-All-Star Hi

 

2009: John Cena: Under Armour Proto Speed II

John Cena wearing the Under Armour Proto Speed IJohn Cena wearing the Under Armour Proto Speed I

 

2006: Shane McMahon - "True Blue" Air Jordan Retro 3

Shane McMahon wearing the Air Jordan Retro 3 True BlueShane McMahon wearing the Air Jordan Retro 3 True Blue

 

2004: Stacy Keibler - adidas a3 Superstar Ultra T-Mac PE

Stacy Keibler with the adidas a3 Superstar UltraStacy Keibler with the adidas a3 Superstar Ultra

 

 

2009: John Cena - Air Jordan 2009

John Cena wearing the Air Jordan 2009John Cena wearing the Air Jordan 2009

 

1998: Kevin Nash - Air Jordan XIII

Kevin Nash wearing the Air Jordan XIIIKevin Nash wearing the Air Jordan XIII

 

2006: Gail Kim - PUMA Suede

Gail Kim wearing the PUMA SuedeGail Kim wearing the PUMA Suede

 

2009: Hulk Hogan - New Balance 8574

Hulk Hogan wearing the New Balance 8574Hulk Hogan wearing the New Balance 8574

 

2007: John Cena - Reebok Pump Show Stopper

John Cena wearing the Reebok Pump ShowstopperJohn Cena wearing the Reebok Pump Show Stopper'

 

2011: The Rock - Under Armour Proto Speed Trainer

The Rock wearing Under Armour Proto Speed TrainerThe Rock wearing Under Armour Proto Speed Trainer

 

2004: Torrie Wilson - Reebok G-Unit G6 Women's Mid

Torrie Wilson wearing the Reebok G-Unit G6 Women's Mid via Sole CollectorTorrie Wilson wearing the Reebok G-Unit G6 Women's Mid via Sole Collector

 

2002: Kevin Nash - Air Jordan Retro 11 Black/Red

Kevin Nash wearing the Air Jordan Retro 11Kevin Nash wearing the Air Jordan Retro 11

 

2007: Shane McMahon - "Papa Bear" Nike Dunk High SB

 

2009: Kelly Kelly - Nike Big Nike High GS

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