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Old 04-19-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

I have limited ankle mobility and a little lift on my heel would help my squat until I get more ankle flexibility, but the prices for lifting shoes are really high. I paid $40 dollars for my cleated Nike Landsharks (which are great for my other sport), why are a decent pair of lifting shoes twice that?

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Old 04-19-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

The answer is demand and volume. If you have a product that is only sold to a limited number of people it is more expensive, per unit to get it made. If you are selling to a larger group you can bring the price down.

However, prices have dropped considerably in the last few years due to to the increase in lifters caused by CrossFit's rise in popularity. It used to be that a pair of lifting shoes would cost you $180. They are quite a bit cheaper now.

The prices right now are certainly very reasonable. A good pair of running shoes will cost $80 to $130 and they will last a much shorter time than a pair of lifting shoes that will last you for years, if not a lifetime.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

Interesting, I was unaware that lifting shoes were uncommon. Seems like a lot of Americans lift, most of them don't wear lifting shoes?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

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Interesting, I was unaware that lifting shoes were uncommon. Seems like a lot of Americans lift, most of them don't wear lifting shoes?
recognizing the need for lifting shoes would assume that most americans that "lift" realize that the sneakers that they're doing partial squats in are unstable.

no really: my understanding is that powerlifting and more so olympic lifting were dying sports in the US before Crossfit entered the picture, so the demand for specialized shoes was really low.

(i don't have lifting shoes...my chucks do what they need to do for now)
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:05 AM   #5
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

Hi Brent,

if money or availability of lifting shoes is an issue, work boots or army boots work really well, much better than any type of normal sports shoe. Sports shoes usually have cushioning inserts, which will make them feel wobbly under larger loads. Work boots or army boots have a nice stable heel and give good ankle support.

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Old 04-21-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

Most people who lift go to globo gyms and where crosstrainers with huge cushy heels.

The better question is why are boats so expensive, makes no sense.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:03 PM   #7
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

Because the boat provides an unstable platform which increases core activation. And core training is what it's all about. It also makes the training more functional.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:04 PM   #8
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

"Work boots or army boots have a nice stable heel and give good ankle support"

This doesn't work well for the weight lifts, but it will for the power lifts.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #9
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Re: Why are Lifting shoes so expensive?

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Seems like a lot of Americans lift, most of them don't wear lifting shoes?
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

As we define "lifting," most Americans, in fact, do not.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:35 AM   #10
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I have limited ankle mobility and a little lift on my heel would help my squat until I get more ankle flexibility, but the prices for lifting shoes are really high. I paid $40 dollars for my cleated Nike Landsharks (which are great for my other sport), why are a decent pair of lifting shoes twice that?

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