The Adidas AdiZero Varner 2: Jake Varner's Second Shoe

The Adidas AdiZero 2 wrestling shoe is quite possibly the best sequel in wrestling shoe history. We weren’t sure how Adidas was going to one-up the wildly popular and amazingly comfortable version 1 of the Varner, but they’ve worked their magic and completely blown us away with this new release. The Varner 2 has kept and improved upon the features everyone loved about the original, and reimagined the certain design aspects that were holding it back from true greatness. As the name implies, this is the signature shoe of Olympic Gold Medalist Jake Varner. As such, Adidas designed this shoe around his wrestling style, and used his input to create one of the best elite-level wrestling shoes ever.

Like version 1, the entire upper is made of a highly breathable, single-layer mesh that is engineered to be both incredibly comfortable and highly durable. The sock-like fit of this mesh layer gives the Varner 2 that lovely broken-in feeling right out of the box. They’ve made some slight changes, making it more tightly knit, to be stronger and more rip-resistant. It also comes with more reinforced stitching at the seams along the heel and between the outsole and upper. What looks like a snazzy design element is actually a thin vinyl and synthetic leather overlay that helps provide support and holds the shape of the mesh upper. While it is mostly a functional feature, we must admit, those lines give this shoe an extra “wow” factor that many elite wrestlers look for. One less noticeable, but important update, is the lace pocket at the top of the tongue. Now, you can finally tie up your laces and tuck them away neatly, without having to tape them or worry about them coming untied.

What has changed, you ask? Well, the most significant change that Adidas made to this shoe is the outsole. While many people really loved the previous outsole of the Varner, not everyone was a fan. It was similar to the Combat Speed sole, in that it was very minimal with just two small areas for grip, and had a slightly more pointed toe and raised heel. Great for some, but we heard a lot of feedback asking for more grip and a more rounded toe box. Adidas must have heard the same things, because they added a ton of grip, using yet another entirely new outsole. The outsole is kind of a hybrid, has all the flexibility of a classic split-sole, and it comes with a narrow strip of rubber down the center so you can maintain traction at all times. The heel is slightly rounded as well, to help you smoothly transition between stances and find grip in more positions. If you look at the way the molded rubber teeth align, you can tell this shoe is made for an aggressive wrestler who is always moving forward. The EVA midsole has a slight wedge shape to it, which will keep your weight a little more over your toes to help you take the action to your opponent!

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  • 03 Oct, 2018 Wrestler
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    :Runs little big

    these shoes are not very good. they offer no ankle support, the grip is awful. if you try to drive with them you're going to end up just slipping on the mat.

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  • 19 Sep, 2018 Wrestler
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  • 17 Sep, 2018 Wrestler
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    These shoes are great! They are tight fitting which makes for a comfortable shoes. They have good grip and good traction. And they have cool color designs.

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  • 17 Sep, 2018 Wrestler
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    Phenomenal service. The shoe was a good fit. It was wide enough, unlike other brands. Soft and not too hard.

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  • 25 Aug, 2018 Wrestler
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    This shoes have high ankle support which I love !! And the AdiZero Varner 2 are very well made as well.

    T 0
  • 10 Jul, 2018 Wrestler
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    The upper is very stable and no movement. The grip is ok. It feels very odd and slippery. But, overall one of my favorite shoes.

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  • 01 May, 2018 Wrestler
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    :Runs little big
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    T 0
  • 27 Apr, 2018 Wrestler
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    They have a different selection and style for shoes. I would like to see more selection in apparel.

    T 0
  • 27 Apr, 2018 Wrestler
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    These Adidas wrestling shoes have stayed in great condition after two years of hard use. The grip on the bottom of them are still in working condition.

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  • 27 Feb, 2018 Wrestler
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    This shoe has great ankle support. I highly recommend this shoe. Come to WrestlingMart and try it on.

    T 0
  • 26 Jan, 2018 Wrestler
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    : Runs Narrow

    I have a very narrow foot and this shoe was perfect for me. I have had for a week and they are all broke in and ready for competition. They fit to size unlike some of Adidas other shoes. the grip is great and I feel pretty flexible in the shoes. Since the shoe is narrow expect a snug fit and I recommend only getting them if you like your shoe tight fitting. Personally for me, I definitely recommend this shoe.

    T 0
  • 02 Jan, 2018 Wrestler
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    They slide on pretty smooth. When they are all laced up they fit very comfortable and snug. The grip on the mat seems nice. The red colorway looks very nice also.

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  • 29 Aug, 2017 Wrestler
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    I've had them for a month now and they feel great and took no time to break in. The grip and flexibility are a lot better then the adizero varner 1's. My only complaint is that within a week a piece of the rubber sole by the heel broke off but otherwise it seems durable and I think these will last a long time.

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  • 31 Jul, 2017 Wrestler
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    The shoe fits nice and the size is the exact same as Asics so say you wear a 10 in Asics i'd recommend a 10 in this shoe. the grip for me took about a day or two to start working but once it did the grip is insane and the shoe is very durable and feels lightweight. and just the look of the shoe is very slick.

    T 0
  • 19 Jul, 2017 Wrestler
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    Lightweight, comfortable fit, durable. Holds up against punishment on the mat. Lasts a good long while. Had mine for about 3 years and they still held up.

    T 0
  • 02 Jun, 2017 Wrestler
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    5/5 Because i love varners m8

    T 1
  • Question bysky
    on 20 Sep, 2018

    hi i was wondering what size i should get. I have the Adidas Hvc in a size 7 but those are getting tad bit small. should i go up to and 8 or 7.5

    If your HVC are getting too tight it would be good to go with an 8.

    Answered by Products on 20 Sep, 2018

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  • Question byTricky75
    on 01 Aug, 2018

    My son has the Cael 7.0 he wore last year. They are now too small a size 7 , I think Addidas is a bit bigger. Should he go with 7 or 8 ? Thank you.

    If the shoes he is currently wearing too tight and has grown out of them, the size 8 would be good.
     

    Answered by Products on 02 Aug, 2018

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  • Question bysandy
    on 23 Jul, 2018

    Do you have these in stock?

    We do have the Varner 2 in stock. Is there a specific size and color you were interested in?

    Answered by Products on 24 Jul, 2018

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  • Question byCoach Stocum
    on 12 Jun, 2018

    How long (inches) are the shoe laces?

    The length of the Varner laces are 37"

    Answered by Products on 13 Jun, 2018

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  • Question byRome
    on 22 Nov, 2017

    Is there anyway the white and gold version of the Varner 2 will be available sooner, is there another website that has them rn?

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    The new color ways are going to be released in January.

    Answered by Joey P. on 22 Nov, 2017

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  • Question byBrody27
    on 07 Nov, 2017

    Is the red option actually red or is it more of an orange?

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    The color of the shoe is red. The only time the shoe looks orange is when Adidas uses their "Solar Red" color.

    Answered by Joey P. on 08 Nov, 2017

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  • Question byWWE wrestler
    on 31 Oct, 2017

    If I'm a 8.5 in regular shoes and freeks and a 9 in matflexes what size for the varner 2s for the best fit?

    Joey P.'s picture

    It would be good to stick with the size 9.

    Answered by Joey P. on 03 Nov, 2017

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  • Question bychristopher
    on 30 Oct, 2017

    if im an 8.5 in nike inflict 3s what size should i get?

    Joey P.'s picture

    You should stick with the 8.5 if you are getting the Varners.

    Answered by Joey P. on 31 Oct, 2017

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  • Question byNaven
    on 04 Oct, 2017

    Do you know what laces I could buy to replace the ones these have? I'd like to change the color of my laces but I've heard Varners have an odd lacing and most shoe strings don't fit.

    Joey P.'s picture

    We have tried searching for laces that fit that Varner shoes but have come up short. You might want to contact Adidas to see if they have any laces.

    Answered by Joey P. on 04 Oct, 2017

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  • Question byKen Davis
    on 13 Aug, 2017

    My daughter has worn the Cael's for several years. Currently she is a size 7 in the Cael v7.0's. Would these shoes be considered comperable the Cael's and would the sIzes be similar?

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    Adidas size differently than Asics shoes. So if shes a 7 in the Caels it would be best for her to go down to a 6.5 in Adidas. The Varner 2 have way more grip than the Cael V7. The only thing is the Cael has more flexibility than the Varner. Like all shoes, once you break the Varners in they are pretty flexible and durable. 

    Answered by Joey P. on 15 Aug, 2017

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  • Question byEl toro high school
    on 10 May, 2017

    What skill level would these shoes fall under?

    Joey P.'s picture

    The Adidas Adizero Varner 2 would be considered an Intermediate to Advance wrestling skill level shoe.

    Answered by Joey P. on 11 May, 2017

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  • Question byFish
    on 05 May, 2017

    I'm wondering is the shoe going to be as narrow as the 1st varner

    Joey P.'s picture

    From looking at the samples we received from Adidas, the new Varner 2's are not going to be as narrow as the first shoe. It looks like it is much wider than the first.

    Answered by Joey P. on 09 May, 2017

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  • Question byWrestle
    on 03 Apr, 2017

    It says they are red silver and red but they look red and yellow what color are tyhe red ones

    Joey P.'s picture

    The shoe color is "Red, Silver, Red",but has more of an orange look to it.

    Answered by Joey P. on 06 Apr, 2017

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  • Question byJason
    on 02 Apr, 2017

    Are these shoes red, in the picture they look orange but I looked them up and seemed to be red and silver.

    Joey P.'s picture

    The shoes are supposed to be silver/red, but they do look more orange than anything. The color for the shoes that Adidas uses is called Solar Red.

    Answered by Joey P. on 05 Apr, 2017

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  • Question by996
    on 31 Mar, 2017

    If i'm a 10 in Nike inflicts what size should i get these in and are these better that hypersweep.

    Joey P.'s picture

    At that moment that is hard to determine. We have seen the sample's of the Varner 2's and they look like a heavy duty shoe, really durable and with tons of grip. We have not received an entire size run of the shoe to determine if they are running any different in size. Also, we can't say if one shoe is better than the other at this point in time.
     

    Answered by Joey P. on 31 Mar, 2017

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