I have so many bad things to say about this shoe, I honestly have no clue where to start. People often confuse the reproduction of this shoe to the ones that were made for the japanese team at the Los Angeles olympics. The ones made for the jap team will have "LA 84" under the pulltab on the back. These shoes were made very well actually, and have a much thicker rubber outsole than the reproduction ones, and better support but are also nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find, and ridiculously expensive, as compared to the reproductions, which are very cheap. The reproduction ones have a VERY thin outsole on the bottom, and a competitive fencer will rub them completely flat and smooth in about 6 weeks. (Mine took about 5 weeks, fencing 5 days a week for two and a half hours). They are also made of something that feels more like a hard foam than actual rubber. The outsole also started to peel off of the bottom at the shoe along the outside edges of the shoe. They also have absolutely no support for your feet or arches, unless your arches are completely flat. There is no cushioning in the insole, and it is completely flat, so if you have knee problems (like me) than it will agitate them greatly, regardless of the severity. Long lunges and ballestras are also very painful for your heel due to the lack of support. I actually came very close to bruising my heel several times because they're so thin. The shoe doesn't breathe very well, so your feet will be very hot as well. Overall, id rate these shoes about a 0 out of 10. DO NOT buy these, fencing in running shoes would be more comfortable.