Best Shoes for Weight Lifting
It seem counter intuitive—after all, you’re lifting to strengthen your upper body—but proper footwear is crucial to successful weight lifting. Your feet are your primary connection to the stabilizing force of the ground. During weight lifting the pressure travels through your whole body, not just the arms you’re trying to sculpt.
The wrong shoes will mean you feel a lot of force that’s actually intended for the bar, whereas a great pair of shoes can actually help you manipulate the force and use it to your advantage. High quality shoes can help you work out longer and enjoy your work out more.
But it isn’t all about spending top dollar. A pair of expensive brand name shoes is almost always better than your standard department store shoes but the most important thing is how the shoe actually fits on your foot, not what company made it.
Founded by Olympic weightlifter Glenn Pendlay, Pendlay focuses exclusively on the sport of weightlifting. The Do-Win shoes are perhaps their crowning achievement. The three-quarter-inch heel is actually set at the height recommended for Olympic lifting. Inside the shoes are heavily cushioned to absorb the intense impact of heavy weightlifting. These shoes are also quite light, making them ideal for long days of working out.
The Pendlay Do-Win comes in different styles for men and women and can be purchased in a few different colours.
Nike Romaleo 2.0
Designed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Nike Romaleo 2.0 is Nike’s flagship weightlifting design. The three-quarter-inch heel is designed to form around your foot so it’s snug but comfortable even for people with wider feet. These shoes also offer great breathability so your feet will stay happy and healthy.
Of course, they also look classy as you might expect from a widely loved company like Nike. You can purchase your own pair of Nike Romaleos in black, red or green.
Adidas Performance AdiPower
Adidas was the first big company making shoes specifically for weight lifting and they have continued to make some of the best shoes in this niche. The Adidas Performance AdiPower shoes are currently the top selling weight loss shoes despite promising new contenders. These shoes come with a three-quarter-inch heel and a sleek design that makes them stand out from other weightlifting shoes. You’ll also love how durable these shoes are, even if you’re regularly doing Olympic-level workouts.
You can purchase these shoes in red and black or black and white.
Reebok Crossfit Lifter 2.0
If you prefer to use a crossfit trainer than a regular set of barbells you will love these shoes. Reebok has long been a respected brand for running shoes and in recent years they’ve expanded their repertoire to include some impressive weightlifting shoes. These shoes feature a flexible forefoot sole which makes it easy to perform a wider range of movements. You’ll also love how light these shoes are compared to other weightlifting shoes.
The Reebok Crossfit Lifter 2.0 comes in a variety of colours and designs.
Inov-8 Fastlift 335
Inov-8 has long been a popular shoe company for runners and with good reason. Now they’ve expanded into the realm of weight lifting shoes and are making quite a splash, especially among crossfit trainers. These stylish workout shoes come with a much more flexible forefoot sole to enable a wider range of movements than most weight lifting shoes but still feature the raised padded heel weight lifters need to get through long workouts.
These lovely shoes come in black, green, yellow and grey.
Amber Crossmaxxe V1.0
Amber is another popular company known for their high quality sports gear that has recently broken into the world of weightlifting shoes. Their Crossmaxxe V1.0 uses lightweight materials and a somewhat flexible forefoot sole to make these shoes great for both bar training and crossfit training. They might not be as elegant as some of the other shoes on this list but you can get them for an excellent price and they’ll still survive many workouts.
The Amber Crossmaxxe V1.0 is currently only available for sale in white, but this shouldn’t be an issue if you’re just looking for a high quality weight lifting shoe you won’t break the bank on.
Always remember that the best way to choose a new pair of shoes is to try them on and walk around in them or even jump around a little bit to figure out how they feel on your feet.