As the name suggests, this is the signature shoe of Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner. As such, Adidas designed this shoe around its wrestling style and used its advice to create one of its best wrestling shoes.

Like version 1, the entire upper is made of a highly breathable single-layer mesh that is designed to be both incredibly comfortable and very resistant. The sock-like fit of this mesh layer gives the Varner 2 a pleasant running-in feeling right out of the box. They also made slight changes, making it tighter, to be stronger and more resistant to tears.

Reinforced seams along the heel and between the outsole and the upper provides an elegant design, with its thin layer of vinyl and synthetic leather which provides support.

A less noticeable, but important update: the lace pocket at the top of the tongue. Now you can finally tie your shoelaces and store them carefully, without having to glue them or worry that they will come loose.