When you are really serious about weight lifting, there is always that special shoe that you need to invest on. You might think that a running shoe might be a good option, but these type of shoes are built for a purpose, to absorb the shock when you run. In case you want to know more about weightlifting shoes, then here are some things to look into. You need a shoe that will help you use all the force your body produces to help you move the weight. The more force you can produce, the more weight you can move. If you can generate more power through the ground, you can pull the bar higher. If you can pull the bar higher, you have more chance of getting under it.
Weightlifting shoes have a raised heel. This is a massive advantage, as it allows you to squat into a deeper position through increased ankle range of motion. This will help you to improve your overall position too, as you’ll find yourself sitting more upright. A more upright torso means more chance of keeping hold of that barbell and sending it in the right direction. Weightlifting shoes are also more stable than your typical barefoot or minimalist shoe, not just underfoot, but around your foot. Again, this ensures you have a strong and consistent base to land on, push through, and push out into which is very important for performance and injury prevention in equal measure. And the less you get injured, the more you can train. Now, if you are looking for a good quality weightlifting shoes, here are some of the best you might want to look into.
The ASICS Men’s Lift Trainer sports shoe provides the structure and support while lifting that regular athletic shoes don't offer. It features a mix of synthetic and mesh upper, rubber sole, removable insole, rubber outsole and a mid-foot support strap. It's thick and durable sole can withstand the pressure of running. Plus, thanks to a synthetic and mesh upper combo, your foot can be pushed to the limits without overheating. Lightweight and breathable, the ASICS Lift Trainer shoes deliver top-notch performance and comfort. Product dimensions are 11 x 4 x 7 inches and weigh 3 pounds.
The Amber Crossmaxxe v1.0 is engineered for Olympic Weightlifting training. High-density die-cut mid-sole wedge for lightweight stability. It features mesh and synthetic leather upper for light weight, support, and durability. Double instep straps for additional rear foot integrity and weight-distribution plate for additional support. The Crossmaxxe is heavy and stable. Sizing is accurate, and they seem to be very sturdily built for the money. This product weighs 5 pounds, a bit heavier than any weightlifting shoes out there.
If you are looking for a more popular brand of shoes, the Adidas Drehkraft training shoe is a good investment. These lightweight men's weightlifting shoes have the Boa Closure System to help keep your feet securely in place for snatch and clean and jerk lifting. Other features include a synthetic upper with flexible textile heel tab with micro-adjusting Boa Closure System for ultimate, consistent hold, Wedge heel height configured specifically for snatch and clean and jerk disciplines, heel support designed for an integral rear foot with superb lightweight stability and a rubber sole. It also features a stable heel support and an ADIWEAR outsole for consistent floor contact.
Inov-8 is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. The FastLift 335 Cross-Training shoes are nice choice for your weightlifting routines. It features a synthetic upper and sole, Nylon ripstop upper with lightweight welded synthetic overlays, breathable mesh lining, padded tongue and collar, adjustable hook-and-loop instep strap and grippy rubber FastLift outsole. The comfort and durability of inov-8 products are what makes this brand a top-quality choice for the high-performance athlete and the recreational user alike. Product dimensions are 12 x 8 x 4 inches and weigh 5 pounds.
Reebok has always been known to make quality shoes and the Crossfit Lifter 2.0 is no exception when it comes to durability and performance. It features a synthetic upper and sole, lightweight 3D Fuse Frame construction provides sturdy yet flexible support, heel clip grips rear foot securely to eliminate excess weight, flex grooved outsole provides superior traction on multi-surface terrain, and a flexible platform allows increased toe spring for multiple CROSSFIT movements. The hook and loop strap locks in the foot to ensure stability and deliver immediate response. Product dimensions are 14 x 7 x 5 inches and weigh 5 pounds.
The Nike Romaleos 2 is a lightweight, flexible powerlifting shoe that can withstand the unique punishment that weightlifters put on their footwear. It features a synthetic upper with integrated lacing and two large hook-and-loop closures to keep the foot locked in place. Elastic added to the top of the shoe flexes with the tendons of the foot during the movement of lifting. Contoured TPU heel wedge cups the heel for a secure fit. Each pair comes with two insoles, a stiff insole for competition and a softer one for training. The flat rubber outsole is specially designed to minimize wear in the heel. This product weighs 1 pound.
The VS Athletics Weightlifting shoes are so much better than regular cross trainer shoes when it comes to providing a stable platform to lift from. It features two support straps over laces, reinforced Heel Cup, leather reinforced flat rubber sole that improves safety during squats and lifts. These shoes are designed to provide a stable and safe platform for weightlifting and to increase your lifting efficiency. Excellent shoes for squatting or power lifting. They also provide an incredibly strong and firm foundation to stand upon when you perform heavy lifting.