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Jamila Bey 01-06-2006 11:31 AM

Anyone actually use them?

Any suggestions if I want to get a pair? Or am I just looking to spend money that I don't need to?

Patrick Johnston 01-06-2006 12:10 PM

I use them. I find them to be extremely helpful when squatting or doing O-lifting. I would say that if you are doing much O-lifting that they are worth the money without a doubt.

Jamila Bey 01-06-2006 01:02 PM

So, are the Otomix type of sneaker shoe okay, or do I want to get the ones with the wooden supports as part of the shoe?

Mark Roughton 01-06-2006 02:22 PM

If you're serious about olympic lifting, get the shoes with the wooden heels. It's like night and day.

There are lots of options: I just got a pair of Do-Wins through Glenn at for my daughter ($85) and a pair of the Model A shoes through Joe at PowerFirm at ($120) for myself. I can recommend both vendors highly - they're both friendly and helpful, and my daughter and I are both happy with our new shoes.

Several sites sell the Adidas, including I got some other stuff from them - not shoes - but I can tell you they're good folks, too.

Jeremy Jones 01-06-2006 03:53 PM

I usually end up doing my lifting in wrestling shoes, which have a flat sole and little padding.

I have never lifted with real weight lifting shoes to compare them to. I figure I can get them before I go to a comp. Then my numbers might go up a little.

Patrick Johnston 01-06-2006 10:33 PM

I used to use wrestling shoes but there is no comparision between the two.

Don Stevenson 01-07-2006 04:29 AM

Get weightlifting shoes if you are serious about improving your lifting.

You'll notice the difference immediately and wonder how you ever did without them.

I've got a pair of Adidas shoes and they are great.

Lincoln Brigham 01-08-2006 11:31 AM

Otomix are okay for lighter weights but for the heavy stuff you'll want to break out the Adidas.

Jamila Bey 01-08-2006 07:00 PM

How long do weightlifting shoes last? If I get the trace-my-feet-send-away-to-Canada brand, I don't imagine I'll need to replace them for a few years?

Veronica Carpenter 01-08-2006 07:11 PM

I've had mine for about 6yrs or so. I wear them every time I train and compete. They've still got plenty of life in them, but the sole at the toes are starting to wear. I've got Addidas

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