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The ASICS Dan Gable EVO Wrestling Shoe can only be described as a beautiful masterpiece in the evolution of the Dan Gable shoe line. While the previous versions all have been incredible, none have evoked the same sense of awe and amazement that the EVO does when you look at it. Every feature and detail has been carefully redesigned and engineered to create the ultimate elite performance wrestling shoe with exceptional fit and improved flexibility. The outsole utilizes ASICS’ newest and most advanced Octipod Technology, which provides incredible wrestling-specific grip while keeping a low profile. This outsole was first used on the latest Omniflex model and has been adapted as a split-sole version for the Dan Gable EVO for added flexibility. The shape and fit of the shoe is masterfully designed to help you stay in the perfect stance and have the right support and traction in every position. The upper construction is made of a strong yet highly-flexible super-suede Escaine that is laid out in a way that helps the shoe conform to your foot as you move, without any discomfort or pinching. Instead of a traditional tongue, the EVO uses ASICS’ Mono-Sock Fit System in an internal sleeve that molds perfectly to your foot like a sock and offers unbeatable comfort. The outer side of the Mono-Sock bootie is covered with a double-layer mesh that’s durable, lightweight, and breathable to help keep you cool. On the back, you’ll notice a handy little flap that allows you to easily slip your feet into the bootie before you lace everything up. After you’ve looped, swooped, and pulled, you can safely tuck your perfectly tied knot into the new and improved Lace Garage. The Lace Garage complies with all competition rules about securing your laces, and won’t leave your wrestling partner with any annoying Velcro scratches.
Dan Gable is quite possibly the most dominant wrestler in American history, and definitely the most accomplished college wrestling coach of all time. He was nearly undefeated in college, with a record of 181-1, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, without giving up a single point. That’s what you call “beast mode”. As a college wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes to win 15 NCAA team titles, creating a dynasty that has yet to be matched. Dan Gable is considered perhaps the most iconic public figure for the sport of wrestling in the United States, and remains very active in promoting the sport. In 2013, when the International Olympic Committee announced that they would drop wrestling as one of the core sports of the 2020 Olympics, Gable came to the rescue. He formed the Committee for the preservation of Olympic Wrestling which helped reverse the IOC’s decision and reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport.
Gable has made a huge impact on the sport of wrestling, and has made a career of consistently setting the bar higher and achieving unthinkable success. It is only right that ASICS has created one of the finest pairs of wrestling shoes we’ve ever seen to honor his legacy. In keeping with that sentiment, we’ll leave you with a quote from the legend himself:
“I’m a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.” – Dan Gable
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