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Old 01-17-2007, 10:30 AM   #1
Dan Ensing
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Hello all-

How many of you use Oly weightlifting shoes when you do the Oly lifts? Have you found them to improve your performance on these lifts?


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Old 01-17-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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Once you lift with them, you wont ever want to lift without them, IMO.
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:32 PM   #3
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Very good investment. VS athletics sells them for $65.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:47 PM   #4
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I bought a pair from VS Athletics a month ago. The difference between weightlifting shoes and sneakers is pronounced.

Landing in the VS boots is fantastic. It feels extraordinarily solid. There's a reason the big boys wear these things.

Spend the $65.

If nothing else, it will give you more motivation to practice your O-lifts.


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Old 01-17-2007, 08:40 PM   #5
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Cool, thx for the replies. I scraped up some cash and this Friday will be ordering an Oly CrossFit set from Glenn Pendlay. I was looking at the weightlifting shoes he sells and thought about getting them when I placed my order.

I've never trained the Oly lifts on anything but a thick power lifting bar, so it'll be nice to have something w/ a little whip to it.

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Old 01-18-2007, 06:07 AM   #6
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Dan, until your shoes come in, try a couple lifts in construction boots (or army boots) or dress'll feel the diffrence.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:32 AM   #7
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Does anyone just use wrestling shoes as a replacement? I have a couple of old pair and I like to lift in them... how much better are lifting shoes?
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:06 AM   #8
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Justin- I think you would immediately notice a difference using proper lifting shoes. I didn't think I was strong enough, or had good enough technique, for lifting shoes to make a difference. I probably would never have spent the money on them, but I got a pair as a birthday gift last year. The first time I used them was after I had been down with the flu for two weeks & was still sick as a dog. I immediately added 5kg to my best C&J. As other posters have said, once you use them, you'll never go back.

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Old 01-18-2007, 10:23 AM   #9
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How do lifting shoes compare to combat boots or converse all stars?

I have plenty of combat boots, all with thick rubber soles without give, and a pair of chucks, so I'm wondering what the difference is.

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Old 01-18-2007, 10:36 AM   #10
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I use OLY lifting shoes for all overhead movements and all OLY lifts. I feel very "rooted" or stable when I use them with explosive movements. I also use them with axle pressing and any thick bar overhead movements.

However, when I deadlift or back squat, I prefer to use Vans Skate board shoes. Which, in principle, are similar to Chuck Taylor's or Converse all stars. I have used wrestling shoes for deadlifts, but I've grown more fond of the high top Vans the past few years. The Vans have a very pliable sole like a wrestling shoe and they mold to the foot like a wrestling shoe. The soles are very soft but thick and pliable. They're completely flat as well - so in those instances, they're different than chuck taylors.

I do not feel as comfortable wearing the Vans or Wrestling shoes when doing OLY lifts.

Don't know if this helps?

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