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    Can weightlifting shoes be used besides squatting deadlifts?

    I usually do some other exercises such as lat pulldowns and some isolation work after my big lifts. Now I was wondering if it's comfortable/okay to keep walking around in the weightlifting shoes when doing so?
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    That depends on the shoe and whether it's truly dedicated to one task or intended as more of all-around lifting shoe. Some of the lifting shoes have a significantly elevated heel for squats, which puts your foot in a less-than-ideal position for other lifts. All of that said, you certainly can do it (and I did briefly) and nothing terrible is going to happen. Personally, I just felt my balance was off wearing them for some other lifts.
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    Aside from cardio, I'd imagine you can use them for whatever exercises they are comfortable and stable.
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    Originally Posted by gelllyfish View Post
    I usually do some other exercises such as lat pulldowns and some isolation work after my big lifts. Now I was wondering if it's comfortable/okay to keep walking around in the weightlifting shoes when doing so?
    A true weightlifting shoe like the Adipower's are not a great choice for general gym work, they're not particularly comfortable, a very solid sole, the 18mm heel to toe drop is only really suitable for the IW f or static lifts and I couldn't imagine trying to use them for cardio.

    ImO there are better choices for all round weight training, such as some versions of the Nike Metcon, reebok Nano etc,, I have the Inov8 F-light, it has a stiff mid sole, with a 9mm heel to toe drop, but is flexible enough for light cardio as well as general weight training.
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    I was once saw a bum in Oakland wearing old WLing shoes, wished I could've taken a picture of it!
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    Originally Posted by MGM711 View Post
    I was once saw a bum in Oakland wearing old WLing shoes, wished I could've taken a picture of it!
    Lol, I remember back in the mid 70's seeing a guy squatting in a pair of silver platform shoes, (You youngsters won't remember them, damn the heels must have been 6" high.
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    I've been using Powerlift 4s for rowing, works real well, lots of power transfer with the firm sole, and the slight heel lift helps counteract the angle in the foot stretcher.
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    I wear my newly acquired Adidas powerlift shoes for every workout. I do not do cardio in them since socks work best. Haven't had the need yet to switch back to my Nike walks that I previously worn for the last 10 years but they work great. Having said that....they are not the most comfortable shoe.
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