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    Weightlifting Shoes: What they are, why you need them, and where to get them

    Why should weightlifting shoes top your equipment list? Mark Rippetoe explains:

    Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe
    Shoes are the only piece of personal equipment that you really need to own. It only takes one set of five in a pair of squat shoes to demonstrate convincingely to anybody who has done more than one squat workout. A good pair of squat shoes adds enough to the efficiency of the movement that the cost is easily justified. For anywhere from $50 to $200 for the newest Adidas weightlifting shoes, a pair of proper shoes makes a big difference in the way a squat feels. Powerlifting squat shoes have relatively flat soles, and Olympic weightlifing shoes have a little lift in the heal that makes it easier to get the knees forward just in front of the toes. Your choice will depend on your squatting style and your flexibility. Most squat shoes have metatarsal straps to increase lateral stability and suck the foot back into the shoe to reduce intra-shoe movement.

    But the main feature of a squat shoe is heel compressibility. The drive out of the bottom starts at the floor, where the feet start the kinetic chain. If the contact between the feet and the floor is the squishy gel or air cell of a running shoe, a percentage of the force of the drive will be absorbed by the compression of the cell. This compression is fine for running, but when squatting it reduces power transmisison efficiency and prevents foot stability. Unstable footing interferes with the reproducibility of the movement pattern, rendering virtually every squat a whole new experience and preventing the development of good technique. Squatting in running shoes is like squatting on a bed. Many people get away with it for years, but serious lifters invest in squat shoes. They aren't that expensive, especially compared to brand new name brand athletic shoes, and they make a huge difference in the way a squat feels.
    (Thanks to Farley1324 for the quote.)

    And this statement isn't limited to the squat, but applies to any standing barbell movement, be it of the Olympic or Power variety.

    Hear more on weightlifting shoes from Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore



    These two vids demonstrate the difference a shoe can make:

    Powerclean without weightlifting shoes



    Powerclean with weightlifting shoes





    Here's a rundown of most of the weightlifting shoes on the market. This list is not exhaustive (though it's pretty damn close), and the prices may change, but it gives you a pretty wide range of styles to choose from and a decent idea of what you may be looking to spend. Many of these shoes you'll need to drop down half a size for a snug fit. This was the case with my Do-Wins and they fit perfectly.

    (Descriptions and prices quoted from merchant sites.)


    Olympic Weightlifting Shoes


    Leather Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes
    $85.00

    http://store.wfwclub.com/dowesh.html



    Do-win weightlifting shoes are a durable, leather weightlifting shoe. These are last years model, so they are offered at a discount. These shoes perform well enough to have been worn by Olympic champions, are more durable than anything else on the market, and you wont have to eat beans and rice for a month to afford them.


    Blue Suede Do-Wins
    $85.00

    http://store.wfwclub.com/blsudosh.html



    I know Elvis is still popular because we have sold more blue suede shoes than any other model we have ever carried. These are last years model, but just like the red ones they are still as cool in 2008 as they were in 2007!


    Red Suede Do-Wins
    $85.00

    http://store.wfwclub.com/sudowesh.html



    Last years model suede shoes, but they look as cool in 2008 as they did in 2007.


    Rogue Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes
    $109.00

    http://www.roguefitness.com/catalog/...roducts_id=384



    Answering the call to bring style and functionality together in a single pair of weightlifting shoes, the Rogues are simply the meanest weightlifting shoes ever developed.

    These have been redesigned from the ground up to offer better breathability by using mesh inserts and greater stability from two shorter velcro tarsal straps and a lower heel, when compared to the regular Do-Wins.

    CAUTION: THEY WILL BUILD ABNORMAL STRENGTH AND INTENSITY TO YOUR LIFTS!

    (I've heard great reviews of this shoe. Mark Rippetoe recommends them and Glenn Pendlay says they are guaranteed to increase your jerk by 5kg the minute you put them on. These are the consensus favorite.)


    White Black and Silver Do-Wins
    $99.00

    http://store.wfwclub.com/whblandsido.html



    New style for 2008.


    Red White and Black Do-Wins
    $99.00

    http://store.wfwclub.com/whredandbldo.html



    New syle for 2008.


    Adidas adiStar Weightlifting
    $199.00

    http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/products/shoesFR.html
    http://www.sports-shoes.net/product....19&catalogue=9 (UK, ?125.00)
    http://www.nerlinger.com/ (Germany, 164.00 EUR)



    World-class weightlifting shoe developed and designed for the Olympic Games in Athens.

    New flexible forefoot construction for superior energy transfer
    Improved 3 hook and loop straps for firm hold
    Kangaroo leather in forefoot area for glove-like fit
    Technical carbon fibre like material for stable heel hold
    Unique outsole profile inspired by winter tyre technology
    Proven wooden heel wedge for secure stance
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    Adidas adiStar Weightlifting 2008
    ?145.00

    http://www.sports-shoes.net/product....08&catalogue=9 (UK)



    adidas' new adiStar Weightlifting Shoe launched for the Beijing Olympics in White/ Black/ Silver. Available from June 08


    Adidas Ironwork II
    $149.00 (Limited availability)

    http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/products/shoesFR.html
    http://www.sports-shoes.net/product....17&catalogue=9 (UK, ?80.00)
    http://www.nerlinger.com/ (Germany, 112.00 EUR)



    Attractive weightlifting specific training shoe.

    Flexible forefoot construction for improved stance
    Proven instep strap for firm hold
    Full rubber gum outsole for optimal grip
    Popular wooden heel wedge for secure stance


    Adidas Ironwork III
    ?90.00

    http://www.sports-shoes.net/product....14&catalogue=9 (UK)



    adidas new weightlifting shoe launched for the Beijing Olympics in White/Black/Silver. Available from June 08.

    (As I understand, Adidas weightlifting shoes are designed with a narrow foot in mind.)


    Vs Weightlifting Shoes
    $71.95

    http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=1301



    Leather upper & sole plate w/hard rubber material on bottom of shoe.
    TWO "Hook & Loop" straps over laces for added support
    Leather reinforced flat rubber sole.
    Reinforced Heel Cup
    Call for team pricing.

    (Just don't be looking to get any dates wearing them.)


    Werksan Red Leather Shoes
    $89.00

    http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
    (Top of page.)




    Werksan Blue Suede Shoes
    $99.00

    http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
    (Top of page.)




    Botev Weightlifting Shoes
    $120.00
    (also available in Europe, email: gsisto@mit.edu , gsisto@netscape.net or bittume_32@yahoo.com)

    http://www.werksanusa.com/products-shoe-shirts.asp
    (Middle of page.)



    Ivan and I would like to introduce the America's to Stefan Botev Weightlifting shoes. These are fantastic, high quality shoes made in Bugaria, worn by actual Bulgarian lifters using the Bulgarin training system. Even lifters in Romania were seen sporting these shoes (they do over 600 reps per week!).

    Perhaps, the best aspect of the shoes is Stefan Botev's close involvement of the design and manufacture of the shoes. As Mr Botev is a multi-time Olympic medalist and World Champion weightlifter, these shoes are created from a weightlifter's perspective. Over the years here are some features incorporated:

    1. Above all, made in Bulgaria and European Union to ensure high qulality. (not to mention, associated Euro working conditions)
    2. The Textured rubber footing design has evolved over years of lifter feedback, with improved Spanish rubber for less slippage and longer life.
    3. Botev, specifically, eliminated that annoying strap at the top of the shoe.
    4. Lots of double stitching. Double stitching enables the leather outer to hold-up to the routine beating associated with training the Bulgarian way.
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    Power Firm Weightlifting Shoes
    $135.00 CDN

    http://www.weightliftingshoes.ca/ (Canada)





    Model A available in Blue with white trim, or Black with white trim European sizes 33-50
    Model B available in Blue with white trim, or Black with white trim, US sizes 6-12

    (These shoes are custom made to your specifications. You actually mail them an outline of your foot for a tailor made fit!)


    Powerlifting Shoes


    The Contender by Safe USA
    $169.95

    http://www.liftinglarge.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=138



    Designed & manufactured exclusively for powerlifting. Features: A split grain leather with Cambrelle lining, wedge arch support, flat crepe sole for maximum weight disbursement and slippage resistance, Hi-density molded sockliner, molded heel counter, lateral strap, Avg. width & 7/8 inch standard heel.


    SST Pro Series Powerlifting Shoe by Safe USA
    $189.95

    http://www.liftinglarge.com/index.as...ROD&ProdID=137



    The ultimate powerlifting shoe! Every shoe features: Wedge arch support. Totally flat crepe sole from heel to toe for maximum weight disbursement and slippage resistance. Full grain leather construction with Cambrelle lining
    Hi-density molded sockliner. Fiberboard heel counter to prevent "roll over"
    Velcro lateral strap for fine tuning adjustments. American made from American leather. 7/8 inch heel.


    Genesis Power Shoes
    $115.00

    http://www.crainsmuscleworld.com/powershoes.html



    Wedge Heel
    Wrap Around Style for Incredible Support
    Cowhide Outer for Stiffness
    Pigskin Inner for Comfort
    2 Velcro Straps for Support

    (Possibly the ugliest shoe ever concieved, but at least you'll be left alone.)


    The Inzer Pillar
    $125.00

    http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?p...id=PILLAR_SHOE



    The Pillar will increase the poundage you can lift through several key designs built in. Feel the super support and power on your feet and in your lifting with this outstanding power shoe.


    and last, but not least...

    The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
    $42.00

    http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/107999.html



    (An oldie, but still a goodie.)


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    I still think the Botev shoes are the best looking option in here. They just look damn nice!

    Good job man!

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    Too bad I'm broke. I need to get a job and get some rogues!
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    I actually just got my Rogue's in the mail today. Here are some more pics of them. I tried them on and they feel very secure. I can't wait to lift in them.









    If anyone has questions about them or needs clarification on anything, then let me know.
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    About how different from your normal size are they? I'm considering them.
    Squatting is as close as you can get to dying without actually going to hell.

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    i usually wear a 12 in regular shoes and I got my rogues in 11.5 and they fit perfectly.

    I'm very very happy with them so far.

    I can't wait until my shoulder is healed enough to allow me to start doing jerks and snatches again.
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    Nike Romaleos (Greek for “Strength”)
    Sport: Weightlifting

    One of the most challenging shoes to build for Beijing, the Nike Romaleos is a lightweight, flexible workhorse that can withstand the unique punishment that weightlifters put on their footwear. In a world championship event where a 300-pound man might lift 700 pounds, shoes play a critical role in an athlete’s performance and safety. The most revolutionary innovation in the Nike Romaleos weightlifting shoe is Nike’s exclusive “Power Bridge,” a contoured TPU heel wedge designed to support the foot and bear as much weight as a man can lift, without any compression or give. This technology provides a lightweight alternative to the wooden heel wedge that competitors have been using since the 1960s. The Power Bridge is also a technical advancement because, unlike a flat wood shim, it is contoured to cup the heel, providing stability and comfort under stress. The honeycomb-like system of trusses and bridges in the midsole has been engineered for ultimate strength, helping to ensure that an athlete’s weight stays forward during the intense jerking and lifting motion of competition. A first in Nike footwear design, heel heights have been graded to different elevations for the varying sizes and weight classes of Olympic athletes. This unique system is well-protected by a flat rubber outsole specially designed to minimize wear in the heel.

    The upper is constructed from durable synthetic materials that are ultra-supportive with integrated lacing and two large Velcro brand closures that keep the foot locked in place. Inside, elastic has been added to the top of the shoe to flex with the tendons of the foot during the snapping “triple extension” movement of clean and jerk lifting. The Nike Romaleos comes with two different sockliners: a softer insert for training and a harder version for competition, when athletes benefit most from zero deflection as power is transferred through the foot.

    For Beijing, special versions of the Nike Romaleos were created for Team USA, Team Ukraine, and Team China. US athletes will wear Obsidian footwear with “Team USA” written on the strap. The Ukrainian version of the shoe has a Royal Blue upper with a Yellow Zest heel wedge and Swoosh. Finally, Chinese weightlifters will have an exclusive version of the Nike Romaleos in a special anodized colorway that shifts between ****llic Gold and Comet Red when light hits it from different angles. It also has a ****llic Gold Swoosh and heel wedge and “China” written on the strap. All three teams will have special sockliners inside decorated with unique graphics created for their countries.

    Key Features
    -Exclusive Nike contoured TPU heel wedge cups heel and supports foot to provide unmatched lifting stability
    -Integrated lacing and double power straps lock foot firmly in place
    -Supportive, durable upper materials and construction
    -Oustole designed to minimize wear in the heel
    -Includes both training and competition sockliners
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    Woah. Those look sweet. I bet they'll go for $200 easy.

    Nice find.
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    Originally Posted by BobTheBuildel2 View Post
    About how different from your normal size are they? I'm considering them.
    I got a 1/2 size under my normal shoe size, same as isaku, and they fit perfectly.
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    I like these!

    I have the Adistars and really like them so far. Time will tell if they will last though. I just got a pair of the red suede Do-Wins for my wife. She really likes them. They seem very solid.

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    I am definitely getting these whenever I change shoes. That red looks KILLER

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    Originally Posted by crackyflipside View Post
    I am definitely getting these whenever I change shoes. That red looks KILLER
    Do they even sell them? Seems like it was made only for the Chinese national team. I Can't find them anywhere.

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    Replaced my 2006 Do-Wins with the Rogues. Nice, very nice. Just 2 issues:

    - Sizing seems different than the older Do-Wins. My 9 1/2 Rogues are definitely bigger, in fact the European sizing on my 9 1/2 Do-Wins was 42, and the Rogues are labeled as a 43. Not so big a deal for me since I now have room for my orthotics in the shoes. I know someone who just replaced an old pair of women's Adidas lifting shoes w/ the same size 2007 Do-Wins, and the Do-Wins are quite a bit bigger.

    - Straps -> too damned long! When the straps are snugged down, I had enough hanging off the side to actually get under the shoe, which isn't good. I cut off a good 3 inches of excess strap.

    I do like the way they look, and the fact that the heel is a bit lower than the older DoWins.
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    Originally Posted by sepandee View Post
    Do they even sell them? Seems like it was made only for the Chinese national team. I Can't find them anywhere.
    Supposedly, they are supposed to be available in August for $180 MSRP.
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    Supposedly, they are supposed to be available in August for $180 MSRP.
    Do you suppose so?
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    Originally Posted by bango skank View Post
    Do you suppose so?
    Sometimes I edit part of my post without reading the finished product.
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    Originally Posted by ChaseT View Post
    Sometimes I edit part of my post without reading the finished product.
    I do the same thing I do.
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    Man these shoes are hella useful. I remember going to my first few practices and my weight was just all over the place. Coach gave me a set of powerfirms and that made everything way more stable.

    Question though. My regular cross trainers/running shoes are 43 and fit okay, but my lifting shoes are 41 and aren`t completely snug. Anyone have this same issue.

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    If they make that big of a difference I will look into them.
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    I rock the VS lifting shoes, cheap and comfortable.
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    man those nike's look sweet. but nike has a reputation for making overpiced crappy equipment. just look at thier golf clubs. i will wait for you guys to buy/review them first.

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    I have the much older model of the Werksan Red Leather shoes and will say that the shoe material is extremely sturdy like a dress shoe and has a small heel. My biggest gripe with the Werksan shoe is the very poor gripping performance of the bottom of the shoe since it seems to be manufactured from foam and not rubber.

    My friend has the VS athletics shoe and complains because it feels unstable as the material for the shoe is a softer type fabric as well as having a much higher heel.
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    Digging those new Nikes. My Nike Frees have treated me very well.

    Anyone know if there's a Puma WLing shoe? Sorry, I really love my Pumas.
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    man those nike's look sweet. but nike has a reputation for making overpiced crappy equipment. just look at thier golf clubs. i will wait for you guys to buy/review them first.
    Exactly.The spend more money making the shoe shiny and flashy and they forget the rest... ya know, the unimportant details like durability and stability and cross secitonal strength

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