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Old 01-21-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
Justin Herring
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Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

For too long now I've been lifting in cushy shoes. So I need to get something to lift in.

I don't get why most lifting shoes use an elevated heel though. As far as I understood it, elevating the heel is a way to compensate for a lack of flexibility. Coach Rip, for instance, recommends elevating the heel for beginners who lack the flexibility to do a proper squat. While it would probably be good for me to be more flexible, I don't have any flexibility problems with the full range of motion on any of crossfit lifts.

So what gives? Do people with full flexibility still use elevated-heel lifting shoes? Why? I've heard you can lift more in lifting shoes, but so what--I could squat more with a squat suit or other crap like that. How do elevated-heel lifting shoes help you improve your fitness?

And if I don't want to lift in high heels, any recommendations for a good, flat-bottom lifting shoe with a little arch support?

Any guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:22 AM   #2
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

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flat-bottom lifting shoe with a little arch support?
Flat shoes aren't usually conducive to arch support as far as I know.

But I hear a lot of people recommend liftin in Chuck's (converses). I found a pair of wannabee's for 12 bucks at some Asian T-shirt mart.
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:25 AM   #3
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

The arch is the support.

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Old 01-22-2008, 03:56 AM   #4
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

Chucks are the simply the best all around shoe. It is a joke around here, because every time a guy crushes a PR, he is most likely wearing chucks.

If the WOD is heavy on running I wear Running shoes. If it is Oly lifting centric, most likely I will wear my weightlifting shoes.

The other 80% of the time I wear chuck's and my times and loads have gotten significantly better.

Purely anecdotal, but true.

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Old 01-22-2008, 04:26 AM   #5
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

Weightlifting shoes have the solid, wooden heel because of force transfer and the deep squat position. If you have ever tried a high bar squat (or front) and tried to go as deep as you can, your ankle flexibility, even if you do have good flexibility, holds you back, and you have to bend your torso forward to compensate. Lifting shoes allow you to keep a perfectly upright torso in a deep squat, ideal for cleans and snatches.

wfs: http://www.wannabebig.com/images/chipdeepsquat.jpg

http://www.ironworkout.com/squat.jpg

Those two are pictures of high bar squats, without o-lifting shoes.

wfs: http://www.cathletics.com/daily/imag...caseySquat.jpg

http://www.cathletics.com/daily/images/olySquat.jpg

Notice the back angle with the shoes.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:15 AM   #6
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

Like Joey,

Nike frees or socks for most wods.

Running shoes for 5-10ks.

O-lifting (Do Wins) for O-centric workouts.

Chuck Ts for Powerlifting centric workouts.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:33 AM   #7
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

Definitely no expert on the lifting here (YET ), but I was using cushy Brooks and ended up with cramps. Now I use socks... no complaints.
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:46 AM   #8
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

Yeah, I just go barefoot when it's warm, and I put on some socks when it's cold. Even for the running. Shoes just weigh you down.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:27 PM   #9
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

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Like Joey,

Nike frees or socks for most wods.

Running shoes for 5-10ks.

O-lifting (Do Wins) for O-centric workouts.

Chuck Ts for Powerlifting centric workouts.
Insert wrestling shoes for PL'ing workouts and the rest is the same.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #10
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Re: Lifting shoes: high heels are for cheaters?

i wear adidas sambas. i think it's a perfect shoe for all around. it's a flat-soled shoe that's good for lifting, but also works well when you have a WOD that has both lifting and running. chucks are great for lifting but are pretty painful in my experience for running. when i was in san diego i would do a lot of the WODs barefoot but other affiliates wouldn't let me workout without shoes on.
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