The Absolute Fencing Elite 2 fencing shoe is the modern, updated 2009 version of the AF Elite 1, which was discontinued recently. It is an ideal fencing shoe for someone who wants a balance of quality and affordability. Absolute put a lot of work into improving the quality and features of this line of shoes. They improved materials for increased quality, comfort, and longevity. They added extra heel and arch support for those fencers who need it. They increased seam durability, making it harder to simply breaking through the seams (a common problem in inexpensive fencing shoes). The Absolute Fencing Elite 2 is billed as "the best fencing shoes for under $70", and Fencing.net is currently carrying them for $60. They suggest considering a heel cup for extra support, specifically in Foil/Saber, where hard lunges sometimes require extra padding. The AF Elite 2 is a very solid mid-range fencing shoe. It has very good value for its price, and has a wide range of available sides -- you'll find sizes appropriate for large men down through youth fencers. Click here to purchase the AF Elite 2.