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    Question Advice on flat sole shoes for lifting please

    I just want advice on buying flat sole shoes for compound lifting exercises like deadlift, squat. Will any flat soles do? Can $5 cheap ones work? Ive seen shoes with raised heels slanting down towards the toes too. What's the go?

    Whenever I try to search anything on the forums I never get any results. I always am only directed to a page with a blue circular loading screen. It could be loading forever. I've left it loading for five minutes. What am I doing wrong? Yes I've only searched "shoes" under "title" and "tags" only under "workout equipment".

    Edit: half hour later still loading lol
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    You can lift in whatever you want tbh. I'm impressed that you found $5 shoes, so try em if you want.

    I prefer barefoot/minimal for deadlift and upper body work. For squats, I go with a raised heel but it's just because I don't have the best flexibility and personal preference.

    A lot of people like Converse Chucks. Nike Metcons and Reebok Nanos are popular as all-rounders. I like Under Armour but they don't seem to have a lot of fans. For lifting shoes with a raised heel, I like Nordic but I haven't used others like Nike Romaleos and Adipowers. If you can't try them on in person, buying from Amazon or somewhere with free returns is always smart.
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    Amazing! Thank you I'll keep this in mind. I just found a whole bunch of cool casual shoes at h&m. They were all on clearance. They're like, summer shoes or something. They're not for exercise or long hard use or anything. They're extremely light, and the soles are just all flat. They're really comfortable to use even without socks. I figure why not lifting? Thanks for clarifying Radrd
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    I use my blacked out Chuck Taylors Leather and have no complaints.
    Should last me forever since I only wear them in the home gym and nowhere else.

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    Nice shoes hope they do too. Thanks for sharing
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    I've been using some cheapo (~$20-25) Adidas skate shoes for years.
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    Just an FYI: I finally put my 20 year old chucks to rest and ordered a new pair. The new pair seems to have a little more padding in the soles so not nearly as ideal as my old pair.

    Not sure if anyone else has recently bought a pair and had the same issue. May be bouncier for walking but not as perfect for lifting.
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    Thanks for your responses. I hope someone will be able to help you cwcmac
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    Originally Posted by leanbulk1 View Post
    Thanks for your responses. I hope someone will be able to help you cwcmac
    No worries, may also be a matter of comparing 20 year old shoes to new ones. They aren't horrible to lift with just a little softer. It's not like lifting with running shoes or anything. 20 years of abuse probably smashed the in soles a bit so they seemed harder. Probably similar to carpet pad degrading over time.
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    Originally Posted by leanbulk1 View Post
    Ive seen shoes with raised heels slanting down towards the toes too. What's the go?
    Shoes like the Nike Romaleos II have a slight heel, like 3/4" if I recall correctly and it helps a little with mobility. However, they are single use (training only) and are VERY expensive compared to Chucks, but I'd have it no other way. They'll last a lifetime if cared for properly, mine are showing no signs of slowing down.
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    Originally Posted by cwcmac View Post
    Just an FYI: I finally put my 20 year old chucks to rest and ordered a new pair. The new pair seems to have a little more padding in the soles so not nearly as ideal as my old pair.

    Not sure if anyone else has recently bought a pair and had the same issue. May be bouncier for walking but not as perfect for lifting.
    Sent you the info in the rep, but for everyone else:

    Yes, the new Chuck's have extra cushioning. Not terrible, still mostly flat shoes.

    I've gone through two, the canvas near the heel rips easy, so be careful putting them on / taking them off. I mostly use them for calf raises, deadlift variants, hip thrust variants, and that's it.

    I also have a couple pairs of adidas adipowers. They're my favorite shoes for training except for:
    1. Calf raises
    2. Deadlift variants
    3. Hip thrust variants

    The Romaleos weren't a great fit for me, too wide or something, dunno.

    I'm interested in trying out more options like the crossfot shoes, but there's no need when I have my adipowers.

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    My go to shoes for lifting are Chucks, but since last year I got these Adidas flat sole shoe as a gift from my girlfriend (I forgot the name of this version of shoe, it has 3 white stripes along the shoe) very comfortable and slip right on. I've been using the Adidas for upper body days and the Chucks for lower body days.

    I've been wanting to use the Nike Romaleos (earlier version) I own on one of the days again, but sometimes I do deadlift after squat and it's more of a chore changing out shoes especially out in the garage when the Chucks serve me well for both movements.
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    I use Reebok Nanos. You can usually find them for around $50 shipped when new models/colors get released. Just keep an eye on deal sites.

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    Lots of people deadlift in bare feet or just socks or deadlift slippers. I like Chucks for those. You can lift in anything you want, as noted, & Chucks are hard to beat, + they are hard to beat on price. if you like an elevated heel for squats, just put a plate under your heels.
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