Every weightlifter knows that their training outfit, especially their shoes, can increase their performance. In fact, this has been consistently proven by science – a study published by the Journal of Sports Sciences note how proper weightlifting shoes give weightlifters a deeper squat with increased knee flexion for better efficiency. These shoes also allowed the participants to maintain a straight trunk and an unchanged hip angle.
But with so many shoe options from brands and gurus available, which of them is best for your weightlifting needs?
Converse Chuck Taylor
The Chuck Taylor All-Stars are not only trendy but also perfect for weightlifting. BarBend, USA Weightlifting’s official media partner, says so in their Converse Chuck Taylor review.
Its thin and flat soles allow your feet to be closer to the ground. Plus, because they’re rubber, the Chuck Taylor All-Stars have less cushioning, giving you more stability for the lift. Its high uppers also provide the ankle support needed for repetitive activities, and its canvas material makes it incredibly light.
Other than that, this pair is easy to find, inexpensive, and versatile.
Reebok Legacy Lifter
You may have heard of CJ Cummings, the weightlifter who inspired the creation of Reebok Legacy. At just 21, he has already won 23 American records and qualified for numerous international competitions, including the recently completed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This impressive resume naturally made him the top pick for design inspiration and consultation for the brand’s first weightlifting shoe.
The Legacy Lifter is one of the best weightlifting shoes, due to its stable lifting platform and anatomical shape that conforms to the contours of the foot for the perfect maximum support. Plus, its locking straps and laces ensure your feet are always planted on the ground, even with a fully loaded barbell. Cummings has been training on the first prototype of the shoes since 2015, attesting to the comfort and power the pair bring to their game.
Air Jordan V “Grape”
As well as being one of the most iconic shoes of all time, this tangled purple pair also has some history behind it. The The history of the Air Jordan V “Grape” started in the 90s when the retailer first introduced this highly technical yet stylish pair of sneakers to the fitness market. Michael Jordan was seen in them after a summer of weightlifting – the first proof of how ideal the shoes were for weightlifters.
Today it may be known for its vibrant hue, but weightlifters will remember its removable spikes on the outsole, allowing for better grip. Its geometric lace locks and visible Air-Sole unit also provide added comfort and support.
Men’s Otomix Warrior Shoes
If you are looking for a versatile pair, this is the one for you. The Otomix Men’s Warrior Shoes can be used for weightlifting, strength training, martial arts and MMA. It may seem a bit bulky at first glance, but it is extremely light since it is made of 100% polyester.
The high construction around the ankles provides the perfect fit and support, while its rubber sole stabilizes. It also has a wider toe area, providing more space and preventing injury.
Our article on ‘Hardcore Bodybuilding – An Obsession Or Just A Lifestyle Choice?’ understands that strength training activities, including weight lifting, mean something different to everyone. Many believe that weightlifting is a sport, a way to achieve a goal (like losing weight) or even a way of life. Whichever side you fall into, the fact that you need to prioritize your health and safety by using proper, high-quality training equipment doesn’t change.