I'll throw yet another hat into the ring of the age old "which shoes should I use" debate. The problem with the information age... conflicting information. I find myself more perplexed now than before I began the research. One person says "X shoe is fantastic for PK", the next... "they're garbage, fall apart easily, ect..."
I saw Volleys recommended, but I think much of it fell around the fact that they're so cheap, while being decent. Err... used to be cheap. From what I see they're $60+, not $20. Enter the Feiyue's: I hear the one's you get in the US aren't put together as well. They blister your feet, ect... I saw lots of 5 year old posts touting the Merrell's, but not so much anymore. Don't think they have the shock absorption I'm looking for.
Anyhow, I'm willing to pay the $ for a good pair of kicks. My criteria: I of course don't want the soles very thick, but do want some padding. I understand the wisdom that padding can thwart you from learning proper technique from falls, but I think that can be gathered without killing my feet in the process as I inevitably learn the hard way. Traction & durability... yeah, of course. I find myself looking at the bottoms of so many shoe designs, wondering to myself if they'd really provide good grip in real world situations (Ariakes, for example). A simple tire tread design is ideal for regular, straight line running, but not sure about PK & gripping, particularly wall climbs. Seems like you could slip easily in that application, especially if there's moisture, and that horizontal (not vertical) treads would be more ideal.
I saw some love for Asics Gels, and I echo it. They've always been my favorite walking/all purpose shoes. So comfy. I have a pair lying around, so to hear they're good for PK was encouraging. Seems they'd have pretty good shock absorption, while still being flexible & not too thick a sole. But, I prefer mine just a tad thinner, still, and my feet to be closer to/hugging the ground more.
Then I heard these recommended by someone (Adidas Fluid), and after looking myself I like what I see:http://www.amazon.com/adidas-Fluid-Trainer-Light-Training/dp/B004JXVM24/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325797679&sr=8-1
May be a tad thick on the back end, but it's about the closest I've come so far to finding THEE shoe to fit my criteria. At this point I'm leaning toward either going with these, or the good ol' reliable Asics Gels.
I'd love any feedback.