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    Nike Free Run

    Try a pair on. They are so incredibly natural and work fantastic for squats and deads. As close to barefoot as Ive found outside those goofy-ass vibrams.

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    Originally Posted by Sporto1633 View Post
    My vote is for the Vibram five finger shoes! I won't lift in anything else anymore!

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    Originally Posted by *STEVE* View Post
    IMO for squats or deads nothin beats vibrams KSO's.




    Five fingers are great... IF and only IF your feet have perfect arches and no problems with pressure distribution... which is very, very rare. Biggest scam ever.

    The best option is to spend the money with a podiatrist to get custom insoles and put them in whatever tennis shoes you like.
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    Originally Posted by JohnBrowne View Post
    Five fingers are great... IF and only IF your feet have perfect arches and no problems with pressure distribution... which is very, very rare. Biggest scam ever.

    The best option is to spend the money with a podiatrist to get custom insoles and put them in whatever tennis shoes you like.
    I've struggled with plantar fasciitis for years. I couldn't imagine squatting in these type of five-toe shoes or just socks. Gotta have my orthotics in for deads, rows or squats.
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    Originally Posted by Nom Z View Post
    Nike Frees are horrible for squats/deadlifts.

    Asics wrestling shoes for deadlifts. Oly shoes for squatting.
    gotta agree....someting flat, close to the ground and wit good traction for deadlifts, especially if you pull sumo, something with a bit of a heel and a flat sole for squats and conventional deads
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    Originally Posted by FemmeFatale28 View Post
    These shoes are so cute. Remind me of ape feet everytime I see them hahaha
    I get that all the time when I wear em at teh gym !!!

    Originally Posted by JohnBrowne View Post
    Five fingers are great... IF and only IF your feet have perfect arches and no problems with pressure distribution... which is very, very rare. Biggest scam ever.

    The best option is to spend the money with a podiatrist to get custom insoles and put them in whatever tennis shoes you like.
    Then I must have very very rare feet cause they fit perfect and have made a huge difference in my deads , squats and leg press.

    tennis shoes w/ insoles or not = not good for deadliftin.

    Im sure any other flat soled shoe would have done the same but I like teh vibrams !!!
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    Originally Posted by *STEVE* View Post
    I get that all the time when I wear em at teh gym !!!



    Then I must have very very rare feet cause they fit perfect and have made a huge difference in my deads , squats and leg press.

    tennis shoes w/ insoles or not = not good for deadliftin.

    Im sure any other flat soled shoe would have done the same but I like teh vibrams !!!
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    Risto sports for squatting back/front, it's all good!

    They aren't great for deadlifting due to the heel, so just slip em off and go barefoot.
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    Originally Posted by FrmrHoss View Post


    Risto sports for squatting back/front, it's all good!

    They aren't great for deadlifting due to the heel, so just slip em off and go barefoot.
    First thought was "ew" lol Those are mad ugly. I understand its more practical perhaps and they arent intended for fashion but damn lol. The only shoes I have that I REALLY dont care what they look like are my running shoes, but thats cuz Im so damn fast you cant see them anyway hahah
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    Originally Posted by *STEVE* View Post
    I get that all the time when I wear em at teh gym !!!



    Then I must have very very rare feet cause they fit perfect and have made a huge difference in my deads , squats and leg press.

    tennis shoes w/ insoles or not = not good for deadliftin.

    Im sure any other flat soled shoe would have done the same but I like teh vibrams !!!
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    Originally Posted by mrusa85 View Post
    I've struggled with plantar fasciitis for years. I couldn't imagine squatting in these type of five-toe shoes or just socks. Gotta have my orthotics in for deads, rows or squats.
    This is where the vibrams are AWESOME

    Often flat feet is a result of a tight plantar fascia, this decreases the medial longitudinal arch. When you go barefoot (walking or anything) you will end up extending your hallucis (big toe) this stretches out the plantar fascia over time and will give you back your arch and decrease naviular drop (pronation of the foot)

    The extension of the big toe is why you won't find hyperpronated/flat feet in 3rd world countries because they don't have shoes. When you wear shoes the big toe cannot extend and stretch out the plantar fascia...so in developing countires they:
    1. Land on their mid/forefoot instead of the heel-toe landing that is common with shoes
    2. Extend big toe, stretching plantar fascia and increasing arch

    If you have structurally flat feet (like me) then orthodics are all you can do, but most people have hyperpronated feet because of tight plantar fascia/decreased medial longitudinal arch

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    Originally Posted by JohnBrowne View Post
    Five fingers are great... IF and only IF your feet have perfect arches and no problems with pressure distribution... which is very, very rare. Biggest scam ever.
    ERRRRRR WRONG

    Five fingers are best for people that have collapsed arches (as long as it's not from a structural problem)
    Most people hyperpronate and contact the ground Heel-toe, which you don't want. Walking barefoot (or in vibrams will correct this for most people).

    Pretty much they can fix the muscle imbalances and stretch out the plantar fascia

    The best option is to spend the money with a podiatrist to get custom insoles and put them in whatever tennis shoes you like.
    I use orthotics because I have structurally flat feet.
    But if you don't have structurally flat feet...then using orthotics would be treating the symptom of flat feet/collapsed arch/hyperpronation/eversion/dorsiflexion rather than fixing the cause (usually tight plantar fascia)
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    Originally Posted by FemmeFatale28 View Post
    First thought was "ew" lol Those are mad ugly. I understand its more practical perhaps and they arent intended for fashion but damn lol. The only shoes I have that I REALLY dont care what they look like are my running shoes, but thats cuz Im so damn fast you cant see them anyway hahah
    The picture's kind of unflattering because it is compressed a little horizontally, so it makes them look... boxier/trollier than they are I actually think they are pretty sweet shoes. But since they are so stiff, they'd be a pain in the ass to do anything with other than squat.
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    Originally Posted by FrmrHoss View Post
    The picture's kind of unflattering because it is compressed a little horizontally, so it makes them look... boxier/trollier than they are I actually think they are pretty sweet shoes. But since they are so stiff, they'd be a pain in the ass to do anything with other than squat.
    Well.. I guess if you are going to be a professional squatter Otherwise you would want something multi purpose
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    even hard court shoes are good

    i sguat in short tennis shoes the soles are flat and hard ...very sturdy feeling and no side to side roll
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    Originally Posted by FemmeFatale28 View Post
    Well.. I guess if you are going to be a professional squatter Otherwise you would want something multi purpose
    Well the question was, what is the best shoe to squat in not, what is the best shoe to squat in, that also looks good, and I can do other stuff in....

    (yes, i'm also ignoring the other half of the question, and the fact that they aren't great for deadlifting......)

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    Just bought some Converse Chuck Taylors after reading this forum. I always used my regular tennis shoes, but I'll see if there's any difference.

    ETA: Wore them today and much better than my regular tennis shoes. FWIW.
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    Originally Posted by Rsardinia View Post
    So I normally just train in cross trainers but I'm looking for something more flat soled for deadlifts and squats. I was wondering if anyone here uses a specific shoe for such lifts and if you also have bad experiences with any certain shoes. I figured the people in this section know what they are doing in the gym so they would know the right shoes too
    there's really four options as everyone said. chuck's, vibrams, barefooted, or wrestling shoes.

    i am a HUGE fan of wearing wrestling shoes during training. i've been wearing asics split second sevens for about 6 months now and ill never go back to anything else. i used to wear UA's and wow was that a bad choice. I now only wear those for cardio.

    Anyway, like someone said before, wrestling shoes keep you as low to the ground as possible with a nice base. you get a good grip on the floor and they are perfect for squats and deadlifts. you'll love them.

    i got my pair for only 35 bucks and I'm def gonna make every cent worth it if I haven't done so already.
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    "Nike trainer 1" are great for training. Flat and wide sole have ample stability and support.
    I use them myself.
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    I'm a fan of the vibrams myself. I also use the asics thai chi, they have no sole what so ever and place you right on the ground. They also give you plenty of room for your toes to move around somewhat naturally.
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    What's wrong with regular trainers robbie?

    I'm a big nike fan... For squats I prefer wearing these in this order:

    -Nike Lunar Rejuven8 (SUPER comfortable, flat)http://www.overkillblog.com/6929/new...w-3-colorways/
    -Nike Lunar Kayoss (Flat, Real good support-- more solid)http://dunkman23sean.blogspot.com/20...ring-2010.html
    -Nike Free Run (Barefoot feeling, not much support at all)http://www.buyshoeshop.com/nike-free-c-102.html

    All real good and real durable shoes though! (Not to mention the ladies love em')

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    Originally Posted by FrmrHoss View Post


    Risto sports for squatting back/front, it's all good!

    They aren't great for deadlifting due to the heel, so just slip em off and go barefoot.
    I got a pair of VS oly shoes a few months ago and I use them for everything in the weight room: http://www.werksanusa.com/prodinfo.asp?number=VS

    Squats (front, back), deadlifts, overhead presses, bench press, everything. They're comfortable, stylish, and provide a solid stable connection with the floor.
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    Anyone try a racing shoe for lifting? Just curious if they would be comparable to a wrestling shoe?

    http://www.saferacer.com/g-force-gf2...productid=2202

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    Vibram Fivefingers, the black ones posted earlier. Foot soreness post squat/deadlift is something I never experienced prior to using these shoes. I feel I get more calf activation.
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    Squats - Adidas adiPOWER
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    Originally Posted by Rsardinia View Post
    So I normally just train in cross trainers but I'm looking for something more flat soled for deadlifts and squats. I was wondering if anyone here uses a specific shoe for such lifts and if you also have bad experiences with any certain shoes. I figured the people in this section know what they are doing in the gym so they would know the right shoes too
    I just tried squatting barefoot for the first time & felt more stable than ever before I'd say try it or go with any one of the foot outline rubber running ones.
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    What about these? Would these be acceptable for squatting and deadlifting?

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BHOHQUA/...=dradisplay-20
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