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Old 05-14-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

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Why should weightlifting shoes top your equipment list? Mark Rippetoe explains:

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Shoes are the only piece of personal equipment that you really need to own. It only takes one set of five in a pair of squat shoes to demonstrate convincingely to anybody who has done more than one squat workout. A good pair of squat shoes adds enough to the efficiency of the movement that the cost is easily justified. For anywhere from $50 to $200 for the newest Adidas weightlifting shoes, a pair of proper shoes makes a big difference in the way a squat feels. Powerlifting squat shoes have relatively flat soles, and Olympic weightlifing shoes have a little lift in the heal that makes it easier to get the knees forward just in front of the toes. Your choice will depend on your squatting style and your flexibility. Most squat shoes have metatarsal straps to increase lateral stability and suck the foot back into the shoe to reduce intra-shoe movement.

But the main feature of a squat shoe is heel compressibility. The drive out of the bottom starts at the floor, where the feet start the kinetic chain. If the contact between the feet and the floor is the squishy gel or air cell of a running shoe, a percentage of the force of the drive will be absorbed by the compression of the cell. This compression is fine for running, but when squatting it reduces power transmisison efficiency and prevents foot stability. Unstable footing interferes with the reproducibility of the movement pattern, rendering virtually every squat a whole new experience and preventing the development of good technique. Squatting in running shoes is like squatting on a bed. Many people get away with it for years, but serious lifters invest in squat shoes. They aren't that expensive, especially compared to brand new name brand athletic shoes, and they make a huge difference in the way a squat feels.
(Thanks to Farley1324 for the quote.)

And this statement isn't limited to the squat, but applies to any standing barbell movement, be it of the Olympic or Power variety.

Hear more on weightlifting shoes from Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore



These two vids demonstrate the difference a shoe can make:

Powerclean without weightlifting shoes

Powerclean with weightlifting shoes



Here's a rundown of most of the weightlifting shoes on the market. This list is not exhaustive (though it's pretty damn close), and the prices may change, but it gives you a pretty wide range of styles to choose from and a decent idea of what you may be looking to spend. Many of these shoes you'll need to drop down half a size for a snug fit. This was the case with my Do-Wins and they fit perfectly.

(Descriptions and prices quoted from merchant sites.)


Leather Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes
$85.00

http://store.wfwclub.com/dowesh.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...herDo-Wins.gif

Do-win weightlifting shoes are a durable, leather weightlifting shoe. These are last years model, so they are offered at a discount. These shoes perform well enough to have been worn by Olympic champions, are more durable than anything else on the market, and you wont have to eat beans and rice for a month to afford them.


Blue Suede Do-Wins
$85.00

http://store.wfwclub.com/blsudosh.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...edeDo-Wins.gif

I know Elvis is still popular because we have sold more blue suede shoes than any other model we have ever carried. These are last years model, but just like the red ones they are still as cool in 2008 as they were in 2007!


Red Suede Do-Wins
$85.00

http://store.wfwclub.com/sudowesh.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...edeDo-Wins.gif

Last years model suede shoes, but they look as cool in 2008 as they did in 2007.


Rogue Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes
$109.00

http://www.roguefitness.com/catalog/...roducts_id=384

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...eDo-Win2-1.png

Answering the call to bring style and functionality together in a single pair of weightlifting shoes, the Rogues are simply the meanest weightlifting shoes ever developed.

These have been redesigned from the ground up to offer better breathability by using mesh inserts and greater stability from two shorter velcro tarsal straps and a lower heel, when compared to the regular Do-Wins.

CAUTION: THEY WILL BUILD ABNORMAL STRENGTH AND INTENSITY TO YOUR LIFTS!

(I've heard great reviews of this shoe. Mark Rippetoe recommends them and Glenn Pendlay says they are guaranteed to increase your jerk by 5kg the minute you put them on. These are the consensus favorite.)


White Black and Silver Do-Wins
$99.00

http://store.wfwclub.com/whblandsido.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...verDo-Wins.gif

New style for 2008.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

Red White and Black Do-Wins
$99.00

http://store.wfwclub.com/whredandbldo.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...ackDo-Wins.gif

New syle for 2008.


Adidas Ironwork II
$149.00 (Limited availability)

http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/products/shoesFR.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...IronworkII.jpg

Attractive weightlifting specific training shoe.

Flexible forefoot construction for improved stance
Proven instep strap for firm hold
Full rubber gum outsole for optimal grip
Popular wooden heel wedge for secure stance


Adidas Adistar Weightlifting
$199.00

http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/products/shoesFR.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...icandblack.jpg

World-class weightlifting shoe developed and designed for the Olympic Games in Athens.

New flexible forefoot construction for superior energy transfer
Improved 3 hook and loop straps for firm hold
Kangaroo leather in forefoot area for glove-like fit
Technical carbon fibre like material for stable heel hold
Unique outsole profile inspired by winter tyre technology
Proven wooden heel wedge for secure stance

(As I understand, Adidas weightlifting shoes are designed with a narrow foot in mind.)


Vs Weightlifting Shoes
$71.95

http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=1301

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...ghtlifting.jpg

Leather upper & sole plate w/hard rubber material on bottom of shoe.
TWO "Hook & Loop" straps over laces for added support
Leather reinforced flat rubber sole.
Reinforced Heel Cup
Call for team pricing.

(Just don't be looking to get any dates wearing them.)


The Inzer Pillar
$125.00

http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?p...id=PILLAR_SHOE

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...illar_xlrg.jpg

The Pillar will increase the poundage you can lift through several key designs built in. Feel the super support and power on your feet and in your lifting with this outstanding power shoe.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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The Contender by Safe USA
$169.95

http://www.liftinglarge.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=138

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...k1/SafeUSA.jpg

Designed & manufactured exclusively for powerlifting. Features: A split grain leather with Cambrelle lining, wedge arch support, flat crepe sole for maximum weight disbursement and slippage resistance, Hi-density molded sockliner, molded heel counter, lateral strap, Avg. width & 7/8 inch standard heel.


SST Pro Series Powerlifting Shoe by Safe USA
$189.95

http://www.liftinglarge.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=137

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...iftingShoe.jpg

The ultimate powerlifting shoe! Every shoe features: Wedge arch support. Totally flat crepe sole from heel to toe for maximum weight disbursement and slippage resistance. Full grain leather construction with Cambrelle lining
Hi-density molded sockliner. Fiberboard heel counter to prevent "roll over"
Velcro lateral strap for fine tuning adjustments. American made from American leather. 7/8 inch heel.


Werksan Red Leather Shoes
$89.00

http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
(Top of page.)

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...atherShoes.jpg


Werksan Blue Suede Shoes
$99.00

http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
(Top of page.)

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...SuedeShoes.jpg


Genesis Power Shoes
$115.00

http://www.crainsmuscleworld.com/powershoes.html

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...PowerShoes.gif

Wedge Heel
Wrap Around Style for Incredible Support
Cowhide Outer for Stiffness
Pigskin Inner for Comfort
2 Velcro Straps for Support

(Possibly the ugliest shoe ever concieved, but at least you'll be left alone.)
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

Botev Weightlifting Shoes
$120.00 (also available in Europe)

http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
(Middle of page.)

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...BotevShoes.jpg

Ivan and I would like to introduce the America's to Stefan Botev Weightlifting shoes. These are fantastic, high quality shoes made in Bugaria, worn by actual Bulgarian lifters using the Bulgarin training system. Even lifters in Romania were seen sporting these shoes (they do over 600 reps per week!).

Perhaps, the best aspect of the shoes is Stefan Botev's close involvement of the design and manufacture of the shoes. As Mr Botev is a multi-time Olympic medalist and World Champion weightlifter, these shoes are created from a weightlifter's perspective. Over the years here are some features incorporated:

1. Above all, made in Bulgaria and European Union to ensure high qulality. (not to mention, associated Euro working conditions)
2. The Textured rubber footing design has evolved over years of lifter feedback, with improved Spanish rubber for less slippage and longer life.
3. Botev, specifically, eliminated that annoying strap at the top of the shoe.
4. Lots of double stitching. Double stitching enables the leather outer to hold-up to the routine beating associated with training the Bulgarian way.


Power Firm Weightlifting Shoes
$135.00 (Canadian)

http://www.weightliftingshoes.ca/

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...hoesModelA.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...hoesModelB.jpg

Model A available in Blue with white trim, or Black with white trim European sizes 33-50
Model B available in Blue with white trim, or Black with white trim, US sizes 6-12

(These shoes are custom made to your specifications. You actually mail them an outline of your foot for a tailor made fit!)


Nike Romaleos
Unavailable at this time

http://www.sneakerfreaker.com/sneake...2008-Olympics/

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...Olympics-1.jpg

-Exclusive Nike contoured TPU heel wedge cups heel and supports foot to provide unmatched lifting stability
-Integrated lacing and double power straps lock foot firmly in place
-Supportive, durable upper materials and construction
-Outsole designed to minimize wear in the heel
-Includes both training and competition sockliners

(At this time these are designed exclusively for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.)


And last, but not least,

The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
$25.00

http://www.kohls.com/upgrade/webstor...45524860242933

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m..._all-stars.jpg

(An oldie, but still a goodie.)

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Old 05-14-2008, 08:31 PM   #5
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

I want to get a pair of the Rogue shoes, but it's nice to know that the Chuck Taylors are cheap so I should be able to get a pair before the cert. What do people think of them as weightlifting shoes.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

Thanks for all the info. I've been looking for the right pair.
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Re: Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

I have one slight issue with the original post.
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And this statement isn't limited to the squat, but applies to any standing barbell movement, be it of the Olympic or Power variety.
The Deadlift is not aided by weightlifting shoes. The raised heal adds distance to the lift. I also find that the forward angle of the shoes makes starting a little slower and awkward. I prefer barefoot Deadlifting, the Bainbridges lift sans shoes, and there are "Deadlift Slippers" for a reason.
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I want to get a pair of the Rogue shoes, but it's nice to know that the Chuck Taylors are cheap so I should be able to get a pair before the cert. What do people think of them as weightlifting shoes.
I love my Chucks as lifting shoes, they just feel very stable to lift in. I am thinking about getting some Oly lifting shoes though because they have a raised heel.
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I have one slight issue with the original post.


The Deadlift is not aided by weightlifting shoes. The raised heal adds distance to the lift. I also find that the forward angle of the shoes makes starting a little slower and awkward. I prefer barefoot Deadlifting, the Bainbridges lift sans shoes, and there are "Deadlift Slippers" for a reason.
For a powerlifting competition/PR setting I could agree, but for general strength training purposes I disagree with that particular reasoning. The extra 1" (or less) distance added will make you stronger over a greater range of motion for one thing, but generally for most trainees the extra distance is pretty negligible. And personally I prefer the better knee placement and quad recruitment that the heel lift provides on the Deadlift. However if training for function is your top priority, wear whatever you think better translates into the everyday movement of picking something heavy up off the ground. If you're training for a PR/competition wear whatever allows you to pick up the most weight. You'll still want to be standing on a surface that won't compress under the weight though, such as Chuck's, wrestling shoes, or barefoot on the hard floor. And even Chuck's still compress under heavy enough loads.
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International Merchants

UK:
http://www.sports-shoes.net/section....33&catalogue=9

EU (Germany):
http://www.nerlinger.com

Iran:
http://www.pishkooh.com
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