In an interview with Sole Collector to promote this weekend’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, WWE RAW superstar Enzo Amore commented on a variety of topics, including why he no longer wears wrestling boots.
“I used to wear wrestling boots when I first got signed to the WWE. It was mandatory that each and every single superstar under contract buy and wear boots, or wear amateur wrestling shoes, which are thin cut. It wasn’t a stipulation in our contract or anything, but when you showed up to wrestling school, the head coach would say ‘Hey do you got your wrestling boots?’ So I had to go out and buy wrestling boots, which I had never worn before in my life. I did not feel comfortable in them.
What ended up happening was I had a freak incident where I broke my leg in training in the performance center while wearing wrestling boots. It wasn’t so much ‘Oh, he was wearing wrestling boots,’ but in my mind I was like ‘It’s the wrestling boot.’
If you ever looked at the spectrum of people in the company wearing sneakers for a long period of time, it’s only John Cena. When I broke my leg I came to our head coach with a doctor’s note that said ‘Enzo needs to be wearing sneakers when he wrestles because he broke his leg and that’s what he feels comfortable in.’ Breaking my leg was the be-all, end-all of wrestling boots [for me], and I turned it into an opportunity to capitalize on a market that I am infatuated with. When I came back, the first pair of shoes I wore when I got in the ring was the Ferrari 14 Jordans.”
The interview is available in full at this link.