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Old 09-28-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
Dan Koloski
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shoe heel height

Weightlifting shoes seem to come in 3 heel heights: 1 1/8, 1 1/4 and 1 1/2.
Any reason why? What is best for a novice?
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:32 AM   #2
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Re: shoe heel height

The different heights are largely due to the preferences of the different manufactures.

Rippetoe likes the lower height. He feels that flat shoes, don't let you properly set up for a deadlift, but the higher heels go too far the other way.

My clients seem to be happiest around 1 and an 1/8. Adidas and Rogues are about that height. The newer Do-wins are also the same.

It does not make a difference whether you are a beginer. What matters is what creates the optimum angles for effecient use of body mechanics. This will probably be different for different people based on anthropometry, but 1 and 1/8 is probably your best bet, unless you have an opportunity to try on multiple brands of shoes.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:23 AM   #3
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Re: shoe heel height

I have an older pair of Do-Wins and a pair of Rogues. The Do-Wins are taller than the Rouges, I haven't measured the difference. For what ever reason, the Rogues feel better to me.
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