Every weightlifter knows that their workout outfit, especially their shoes, can increase their output. In fact, this has been consistently proven by science — a study published by the Journal of Sports Sciences notes how proper weightlifting shoes give lifters a deeper squat with increased knee flexion for better efficiency. These shoes have also allowed the participants to maintain an upright trunk and unchanged hip angle.
But with so many shoe options hyped by brands and gurus available, which among them is the best for your weightlifting needs?
Converse Chuck Taylor
The Chuck Taylor All-Stars is not only fashionable but perfect for weightlifting too. BarBend, the official media partner of USA Weightlifting, says as much in their Converse Chuck Taylor Review.
Its thin, flat soles allow your feet to be closer to the ground. Moreover, since they are made of rubber, the Chuck Taylor All-Stars have less cushioning, giving you more stability for lifting. Its high tops also provide the ankle support necessary for repetitive activity, and its canvas material makes it incredibly lightweight.
Aside from all that, this pair is easy to find, cheap, and versatile.
Reebok Legacy Lifter
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You may have heard of CJ Cummings, the weightlifter who inspired the creation of Reebok Legacy. At just 21 years old, he has already earned 23 American records and qualified for many international competitions, including the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020. This impressive resume naturally made him the top choice for design inspiration and consultation of the brand’s premier weightlifting shoe.
The Legacy Lifter is one of the top weightlifting shoes, due to its stable lifting platform and an anatomical shape that embraces the foot’s contours for perfect maximum support. Plus, its lockdown straps and laces ensure that your feet are always planted to the ground even with a fully loaded barbell. Cummings has been training in the shoes’ early prototype since 2015, attesting to the comfort and power the pair brings to his game.
Air Jordan V “Grape”
Aside from being one of the most iconic shoes of all time, this purple matted pair also has quite a bit of history behind them. The Air Jordan V “Grape” story began in the 90s when the retailer first introduced this highly technical but stylish pair of sneakers to the fitness market. Michael Jordan was seen in them after a summer of weightlifting — the first proof of how the shoes were ideal for weightlifters.
Today, it may be known for its vibrant hue, but weightlifters will remember its removable spikes on the outsole, allowing for a stronger grip. Its geometric lace locks and visible Air-Sole unit also provide added comfort and support.
Otomix Men’s Warrior Shoes
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If you are looking for a versatile pair, this is for you. The Otomix Men’s Warrior Shoes can be used for weightlifting, bodybuilding, martial arts, and MMA. It may look a bit bulky at first glance, but it is extremely lightweight since it is made of 100% polyester.
The high build around the ankles offers a snug fit and support too, while its rubber sole stabilizes. It also has a wider toe box, providing extra room and preventing injuries.
Our post on ‘Hardcore Bodybuilding – an Obsession or Simply a Lifestyle Choice?’ understands that bodybuilding activities, including weightlifting, mean something different to everyone. Many think of weightlifting as a sport, a means to a goal (like weight loss), or even a lifestyle. Whichever side you fall on, the fact that you need to prioritize your health and safety by using high-quality, appropriate workout gear doesn’t change.