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Old 11-21-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
Tim Donahey
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Weightlifting Shoes: Flat Heel vs. Raised Heel

I'm a major proponent that utilizing the mechanics and sensation of barefootedness will most accurately reproduce how our bodies were engineered to perform. That said, movements like the squat clean and snatch have no natural evolutionary counterpart and so perhaps can not be maximally performed with a flat heel.

I've been working hard on my squat clean technique, specifically catching the bar with full leg flexion, but as fatigue builds I find myself falling backwards onto my butt and spilling the bar. I "feel" as though a decent pair of weightlifting shoes with a raised heel will correct the imbalance issues. I also feel that might be a band-aid solution, but as per the argument above, maybe it's not. I've been rotating Chucks, H-Streets, and Tai-Chi's for footwear.

Will I be sacrificing balance and flexibility or performing from a more mechanically advantageous position by purchasing a pair of weightlifting shoes?
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:39 PM   #2
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: Flat Heel vs. Raised Heel

From Greg Everett seminar:

Weightlifting shoes are an absolute must for all lifters
for two primary reasons. First, the hard soles don’t
compress under loads, eliminating the instability found
in soft-soled shoes as well as ensuring that generated
force is transferred more completely. Second, the
lifted heels effectively increase the ankles’ range of
motion, allowing the lifter to keep the hips forward as
needed. It’s important to find a pair that supports the
arches well—even lifters with strong arches will likely
find that frequently handling heavy loads will over time
result in weakening of the arches. Orthotics are used
commonly to ensure adequate arch support and foot
and ankle position, which will in turn ensure the lifter is
able to recognize his or her full strength potential.
Weightlifting shoes are fairly expensive, but should be
considered an investment in both performance and
longevity. Typically the shoes’ uppers will hold up well
over time, so with occasional repairs and resoling,
a single pair of shoes will often last many years. It’s
important to retire shoes when the uppers are no
longer supportive, however; this can lead to foot and
ankle instability and cause injuries up the chain from
the knees to the hips to the back. Spending money
now on shoes will save a lot of money later on physical
therapy and ensure continued progress instead of injury plateaus from injury.
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:59 PM   #3
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: Flat Heel vs. Raised Heel

I think the Adidas has a low heal compare to other brands.
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Old 11-22-2007, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: Flat Heel vs. Raised Heel


We all wear the Do-Win shoes at our place. The heel is a little higher than the Adidas but I am a big fan. Shoes make a tremendous difference in the stability of the land. The Do-Win shoes are much cheaper as well, take a look: wfs

If you want to check the shoes out, stop in!

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