I am heavily debating picking up a pair of VS athletic weight lifting shoes as I squat high bar ATG, I usually squat barefoot however, and I find it hard dropping 90$ on something that may not be an improvement, currently I lift in a gym that requires shoes so that is also another factor, but I may not be there for longer then a couple months.
07-22-2012, 07:05 PM #1
Weightlifting shoes vs barefoot stability
07-22-2012, 07:20 PM #2
07-22-2012, 07:23 PM #3
07-22-2012, 07:54 PM #4
Its not the same as an Oly shoe, but you can try squatting with something under your heel. Either a running shoe with a heel or a plate under your heel. Just to see if you like that aspect of the shoe.
I like my oly shoes for Oly lifts and some strongman. As for squats, I tend to go for my chucks regardless of stance or bar position, but that is me. Oly shoes do feel sturdy, but I cant lift as much in them. My training partner likes his tho, for squats.Training Log:
07-22-2012, 08:18 PM #5
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07-23-2012, 02:08 PM #7
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I squatted 585 in chucks before I switched to Oly shoes. I never had any trouble with knee travel or anything. I moved my stance in maybe 2" on each side, still put the bar in the same spot, and the whole move just seems so much more efficient, I squat down, I hit depth and come back up instead of having to squat down til I stopped, then drop 2" more to get depth in chucks.Best Sanctioned Lifts (USPA/USAPL):
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07-23-2012, 02:10 PM #8
07-23-2012, 03:09 PM #9
Is your only option barefoot or oly shoe? Id get a pair of regular flat shoes(chucks, vans, addidas, whatever)if you don't have any. Oly shoes are nice to have but only for the gym.Training Log:
07-23-2012, 04:28 PM #10
07-24-2012, 09:46 AM #11
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No one ever told me I wasn't going deep enough but people say its easy to overestimate depth while wearing those type of shoes sometimes, so have someone watch you or use a mirror the first few times.Current Bests (raw/singleply)
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07-24-2012, 10:00 AM #12
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I squat bare foot, no socks, It took me about 4 months getting use to it, now I love it, It feels different when I squat in shoes now. If I have to squat with shoes, I like using boots since the heel is raised, but that only when I'm living in a hotel. I squat at home."Armament for Peace"
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07-28-2012, 01:53 PM #15
07-29-2012, 02:03 AM #16
08-02-2012, 06:09 PM #17
BTW, the OP might want to check out the Wei-Rui shoes from MaxBarbell. They received some solid feedback on http://wlshoes.com and they are about the same price as the VS models.
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