I was doing a few rounds of boxing sparring with a young fellow yesteday. I usually spar barefoot even when just working hands only. For the first time in a long time (years), I put on my boxing boots to train in. Wow! I forgot who different the footing was and how the advantages to wearing shows. As stated, you get better footing. You have more leverage and by being able to grip the floor with the shoes, you can punch harder. For those of you who've never boxed, try a few rounds with a real boxer and feel the difference.