Cotton Soles or Rubber Soles: What is the Best Choice for Tai Chi Slippers?

Choosing the right type of footwear for your tai chi classes can make all the difference in your comfort, support, and even in your ability to effectively perform the graceful, constantly flowing movements of tai chi. Some practitioners feel that any kind of shoe worn during tai chi is a “foot prison,” but it doesn’t have to be that way at all! You just have to find the shoe that is right for you as an individual.


Since mindfulness is such an essential component of tai chi, it’s important to keep in mind that many practitioners will also often eventually choose to practise the art outdoors, enhancing the experience with the beauty and peacefulness of nature. Proper tai chi slippers will help prevent injury when performing tai chi movements outdoors while still offering that much sought after grounding connection to the earth that is such a healing part of outdoor activity. The key is to pick footwear that is thin and light, but still durable and supportive for indoor and outdoor settings. Which brings us to one of the most frequently asked questions about tai chi shoes — should you wear cotton or rubber-soled shoes?

Tai Chi Slippers with Cotton Soles are Ideal for Indoor Use

Cotton soles are ideal for light, easy movement and usually designed primarily for indoor use. With a cotton-soled, canvas tai chi slipper, you don’t have to worry about your feet feeling restricted or imprisoned. Cotton is just the kind of shoe you want when you’re practising tai chi indoors, including at your indoor classes. These shoes by Ace Martial Arts supply, for instance, are particularly highly rated and enjoyed on Amazon. However, reviewers have noted that they seem to run small, so you may want to size up when purchasing them.

Tai Chi Slippers with Rubber Soles are Better for Outdoor Use

Rubber tai chi slippers, on the other hand, may be a better choice for those outdoor practices. While they should still hold up on hard surfaces, cotton-soled shoes can quickly become messy when doing tai chi moves in grassy areas or among the elements. Even on hard surfaces, shoes with cotton soles usually just aren’t designed to be used outside like rubber-soled slippers, which have a better grip and are typically made of more absorbent materials. If you plan on doing a lot of your tai chi outdoors, you may want to buy a pair of rubber-soled slippers, so that you don’t end up ruining your cotton shoes. Ace Martial Arts supply provides a great rubber-soled shoe that is a comfortable canvas and still designed for outdoor use, as well.


When it comes to choosing the right tai chi footwear, you may need to try out different brands and types of shoes to get a feel for what works for you. You’ll likely find that it’s worth it to have separate shoes for your indoor and outdoor classes, so as to keep your shoes in top shape.

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