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Old 07-04-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
Rich Paolini
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Question Footwear question

Hi All,

I'm new to the forum. I did a search first but couldn't find a similar thread.

I have been interested in buying weightlifting shoes because I know running shoes are not appropriate for certain lifts. Yesterday's Randy had me wishing I had them already. Then today, we got Badger that combines squat cleans with 800M run. Now I know running shoes are no good for squat cleans but I'm equally sure weightlifting shoes are not good for 800M runs.

So 2 questions: do people recommend weightlifting shoes when working on lifts and what do people wear on days when the WOD calls for both lifts and running?

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Old 07-04-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: Footwear question

I wear VFF for 5K and longer, Chucks for most WODs, and weightlifting shoes for slow lifts/Oly/and some Oly-heavy WODs.

You could get away with Chucks for most of everything if your running technique is dialed (ie POSE).
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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Re: Footwear question

"Running shoes" are no good for anything even running. But other than that, your shoe choice doesn't matter that much for WODs IMO (other than max effort barbell lifts which will benefit from solid shoes). I've run in weightlifting shoes, I've lifted in flip-flops, my best Murph time was wearing Blundstones. It's probably the least important factor (or equivalently the lamest excuse for a weak performance).
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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Re: Footwear question

I go with Vibram Five Fingers for everything. After a couple of runs with them, my running technique was self correcting, so they help in that sense as well. I haven't worked out in my running shoes for a few months now.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:38 PM   #5
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Re: Footwear question

I like to CrossFit in skate shoes. I am currently wearing DCs but any skate shoe should be fine (or Chucks... pretty much the same thing except most skate shoes will have a more solid upper). They have a solid, flat sole that is good for lifting and fine for the runs. I did the last 5k in my skate shoes and didn't have any problems.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:41 AM   #6
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Re: Footwear question

i love my vibram five fingers but my gym doesnt allow me to lift in them...
soooo....
I've discovered that my low cut chuck taylors are the absolute greatest. perfect blend of solid soles and cushioning. plus they cost like 20 bucks.
i cant wear my chucks out anymore because they have a solid white "sweat salt" ring around the whole damn shoe.
buy chucks
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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Re: Footwear question

Rich, if there's one in your area, you may want to check out Road Runner Sports. I bought my latest workout shoe from them and they were great. The guys knew what CF was and understood the need to do exactly what you described - oly lift and then run. The downside is you will pretty much pay full retail but the service was light years above anything I've experienced in a typical mall shop or sporting goods store.
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:26 PM   #8
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Re: Footwear question

I do most of my WODs in flat, minimally cushioned running shoes--Puma K-Streets or Salohs to be specific. Mizuno makes a few similar models but I can't remember what they're called.
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Old 07-05-2009, 05:16 PM   #9
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Re: Footwear question

Thanks for the tips. I've never heard of Vibram Five Fingers so I'm going to do some research. I have Chuck's in my closet so I'll try them next time out.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:29 AM   #10
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+1 for Vibram FF
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