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Old 05-15-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Shoes for lifting

Hello all,

Need som advice on shoes for lifting.

Have been using my regular sneakers but I have understood they arenīt the best.

Can you recommend some good shoes?

Brand and model if possible.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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I have vibrams which I hardly wear, new balance 730's, and adidas power lift trainers.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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do your sneakers have flat soles? lot of guys lift in chuck taylors. only prerequisite for a lifting shoe (imo) is a flat heel. If you are doing more active things like crossfit you might want a more "athletic" shoe... but still with a flat heel.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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The heel isnīt exactly flat, and they seem to flex quite a bit in the heel when putting some extra weight on.

Wouldnīt mind a more all-round type shoe I suppose, since I do a bit of everything (not just deadlifts and squats) but it has to be good for those things.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #5
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how much are those? I like them and my NB's are going to need replacing soon
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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how much are those? I like them and my NB's are going to need replacing soon
Well here in canuckland they were $120...

Online in US they seem to be around $95-100

http://www.google.com/shopping/produ...CJIBEL8TMAM4FA

they are light as hell
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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do your sneakers have flat soles? lot of guys lift in chuck taylors. only prerequisite for a lifting shoe (imo) is a flat heel. If you are doing more active things like crossfit you might want a more "athletic" shoe... but still with a flat heel.
Have to disagree with you there. I've noticed recently that sole also has to be a solid one. When I'm deadlifting with sneakers, it feels like the ground is coming loose. When I take my shoes off, everything feels a lot better.
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well here in canuckland they were $120...

Online in us they seem to be around $95-100

http://www.google.com/shopping/produ...cjibel8tmam4fa

they are light as hell
$100 fffffffuuuuuuuuuuu
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Have to disagree with you there. I've noticed recently that sole also has to be a solid one. When I'm deadlifting with sneakers, it feels like the ground is coming loose. When I take my shoes off, everything feels a lot better.
that makes sense too, I've never lifted in / worn chuck taylors but I am assuming the sole is much sturdier than your typical sneaker? they are very recommended for squatting and deadlifting

a lot of people say you need a rugged sidewall for squatting when you are pushing out your knees to avoid rollovers... the minimus (besides the sole) are just about as opposite of "rugged" as can be... and I've never had an issue with this. The sole grips the ground way better than when I used to barefoot squat, even when pushing to the sides.
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For squats and deadlifts I lift barefoot. I tried vibrams and other flat sneakers but nothing beats barefoot for me. If you're doing CF and just need a good shoe overall check out vibrams and see if you like how they feel.
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For squats and deadlifts I lift barefoot. I tried vibrams and other flat sneakers but nothing beats barefoot for me. If you're doing CF and just need a good shoe overall check out vibrams and see if you like how they feel.
I wouldn't suggest that. Too many lifts in the CF world aren't ideal for them. I'd suggest something like my NB's or Dabears for that. Or reebok nanos.
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Love the functionality of vibram five fingers, hate the look with a passion. You become one of "those guys" imo. That is why I like the minimus, they combine the functionality + don't look retarded.
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For squats and deadlifts I lift barefoot. I tried vibrams and other flat sneakers but nothing beats barefoot for me. If you're doing CF and just need a good shoe overall check out vibrams and see if you like how they feel.
I think as you get heavier in weights, your grip on the floor could/will suffer while squatting... maybe even deadlifting. It is why I switched from barefoot to a minimalistic shoe.
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Re: Shoes for lifting

Are barefoot squats/deads any more dangerous than with shoes on?

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deadlifts no...in fact it is very slightly easier since you are closer to the floor... lifting from less of a "deficit" lol. But probably miniscule. only issue I could see with squats is when you are forcing your knees out you could lose grip and slip sideways?
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deadlifts no...in fact it is very slightly easier since you are closer to the floor... lifting from less of a "deficit" lol. But probably miniscule. only issue I could see with squats is when you are forcing your knees out you could lose grip and slip sideways?
I never had a problem but I use my lifting shoes now. I think the weight most people use keeps you pretty grounded though.
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At my CF gym I see many people wearing them, I asked a couple of people and they said there is a specific vibram that's good for CF. Forgot which one it's. That's why I suggested the dude to try them on first.

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I wouldn't suggest that. Too many lifts in the CF world aren't ideal for them. I'd suggest something like my NB's or Dabears for that. Or reebok nanos.
I have to wear a shoe for other workouts where DLs/squats are not involved I use my TKD shoes, flat and light. Gets the job done.
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Love the functionality of vibram five fingers, hate the look with a passion. You become one of "those guys" imo. That is why I like the minimus, they combine the functionality + don't look retarded.
I tried many shoes, nothing beats barefoot. Many pro lifters swear by barefoot lifting. As long as the platform/gym flooring is reliable and solid I doubt there will be anything better than barefoot. No cushioning of any type between your foot and the floor. I just paid $160 for my freaking Adidas soccer cleats. Working out and doing sports is expensive.
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I think as you get heavier in weights, your grip on the floor could/will suffer while squatting... maybe even deadlifting. It is why I switched from barefoot to a minimalistic shoe.
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No, dropping a plate on your foot will hurt it whether you have a shoe on or not. Assuming you have your form down, you'll be ok.

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