Some hardcore lifters look down on weightlifting shoes and say they help too much and compromise yoursTech when you’re not wearing it . But a good pair of weightlifting can make you feel strong and confident, especially as you are preparing to step up to your personal best.
The bestShoes for each individual offers just the right amount of help. A heavy heel-to-toe drop (the difference in height between the heel and the tip of the shoe) can on different lifts. A broad base provides stability for , and compressive insoles keep your feet safe.
If you are looking for the best weightlifting shoes, you probably already know that your options are many. These five pairs are some of the best to buy in 2021.
You can’t go wrong with Chuck Taylors – for everyday errands or tough weightlifting sessions. Chuck Taylors has been around for a long time and has sold millions of pairs of shoes, so it’s safe to say that Converse makes good shoes.
While most people wear them for street style, Chuck Taylor high tops are basically everything a good lift shoe should have. The wide toe box gives your feet space to spread and stabilize, and the additional ankle support relieves the joint. The flat, minimally padded sole and the rubber outsole ensure a balanced foot climate and can be laced tightly or loosely as desired.
Chuck Taylor All-Stars have a few drawbacks, however: They are heavy compared to other weightlifting shoes and can feel awkward for activities other than straight lifting sets. So if you are switching from exercise to exercise quickly (e.g. doing a HIRT workout) these are probably not the right choice for you.
All-Stars are a unisex style, but they come in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Not a bull
These Nobull shoes are technically classified as a “trainer” rather than a “lifter” on the website, but I’m keen on them for workouts that involve both.
The Nobull Mid Trainers share many of the same characteristics as the All-Stars described above – flat sole, minimal cushioning, wide toe box, ankle support – but they’re much more versatile simply because they’re more durable. The special thing about these shoes is the fact that you can do heavy squats and then jump straight into a HIIT workout without sacrificing comfort or stability.
Nobull also has real weightlifting shoe options that are worth trying out if your into powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting. All Nobull shoes are available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Professional trainers go back and forth over the best type of squat shoes. Minimalist trainers encourage people to squat in flat shoes or even barefoot, while other trainers encourage the use of a significant heel-to-toe drop.
In theory, we should all be able to squat with flat feet – but we can’t. A good squat shape includes feet flat on the floor, chest up, and back straight. Squatting is a natural and primal position, but in case you haven’t noticed, people are no longer primal. Our anatomy has changed and our modern, sedentary lifestyle is not conducive to perfect mobility.
While everyone should try to improve their mobility, my professional opinion is that squats with help are better than avoiding squats entirely. The squat is arguably one of the most effective exercises out there, and if you need a little help from your shoes, so be it.
That’s why I chose the Reebok Legacy Lifter as the best squat shoe. This raised heel weightlifting shoe, with a 19 millimeter (three-quarter inch) drop from heel to toe, allows your hips to stay in the correct position during the crouched descent and maximizes ankle mobility for leaning forward prevent in your upper body.
Available for both men and women, the Reebok Legacy Lifter has a hard, flat sole and wide base that keeps your foot stable and firm throughout the range of motion during squats.
Nike Romaleos are a common sight in gyms with barbell clubs. These weightlifting shoes feature a noticeable heel-to-toe drop, two wide straps to keep your feet in place, and a wide base that gives you plenty of space to spread and grasp on power cleans, power jerks, and snatches.
Rubber profile on the underside of the Romaleo ensures stability when landing in explosive lifts. The top of these heeled shoes is not very flexible – some athletes who wear these say it feels like your feet are sticking to the ground, which is a good thing for an Olympic weightlifting shoe.
For what it’s worth, my first pick for this category was the Adidas AdiPower weightlifting shoe, one of the most recognizable shoes in the Olympic weightlifting community. At the time of writing, I can’t find these high heel shoes in stock anywhere. The selection for the romaleos also seems small, so there may be production problems in the supply chain (as with all other fitness equipment at the moment). Either way, the Romaleos put the AdiPowers to the test for a dedicated weight lifter.
Nike Romaleos are unisex shoes and the sizes are for men.
Reebok Nanos were originally designed specifically for CrossFit (although that partnership has since stalled) so some hardcore bodybuilders may turn down my CrossFit shoe suggestion here. However, because of its impressive versatility, the Reebok Nano is perfect for bodybuilders.
Bodybuilders perform a variety of lifting techniques and can even incorporate other sports elements into their workouts, such as Olympic lifting and CrossFit-style workouts. For example, “functional bodybuilding,” a term coined by former CrossFit Games athlete Marcus Filly, encompasses the slow and hypertrophy-focused exercises that you would see in a bodybuilding routine, as well as the explosive and powerful exercises that you would do would find a CrossFit program.
The Reebok Nano takes all of these factors and more into account with a flexible but durable Kevlar-infused upper, reinforced heel counter, and molded, compressive midsole. Your feet will feel firm, secure, and ready for all types of weight lifting. You can get Nanos in men’s and women’s sizes in different sizes.
How I chose these shoes
To compile this list, I first told my own story about different lifting shoes. I’ve been between powerlifting, and Olympic weightlifting-Style training for over eight years so I’ve worn my fair share of trainers and lifters.
I also scoured the internet for reviews of weightlifting shoes and exercise shoes, looking for key components like comfort, durability, stability, and versatility. I’ve looked at well-known, long-standing brands for shoes that have had several successful iterations (for example the 10 versions of the Reebok Nano), but I’ve also looked for newer brands that are doing something innovative.
I read hundreds of Amazon reviews and RunRepeat (a huge database of athletic shoe reviews) became my best friend for the duration of this project. We’ll update this article regularly as I try more weightlifting shoes and come across new reviews online.
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