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Old 05-02-2014, 02:03 AM   #1
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I've always used Aasics and Nike Rosche's in the gym... In the market for a new pair of shoes to lift in and was wondering what you all recommend... I'm looking at maybe some Chuck Taylor's because of how flat and hard soled they are.

Didn't see anything about this topic on the forums and thought it'd be interesting to see what everyone thinks are the best shoes to lift in.

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Feet differ a lot, in shape. So I wouldn't necessarily go by some generalisation, beyond "something with a hard flat sole".

Wrestling shoes are a nice choice, IMO. But Chucks (or similar shoes) can also do the trick.

If you squat high bar and lack ankle flexibility (and don't want to address that), you might also want some raised-heel shoes (i.e., olympic lifting shoes).
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I have lifted in Chuck Taylor's (Lo-Tops) for a year and a half now, I don't think I want anything else.
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I have been using low-top chuck taylors for almost a year now and like them for the money. I use them for my squats and deads.
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I wear Chucks (Hi Top) I love 'em....
THEY ADDED 50LBS TO MY SQUAT IN JUST, 3 DAYS !!!
(just kidding but I do love dem Chucks)
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It's hard to go wrong with chucks. I use Reebok powerlifting shoes, but it's tough to justify paying twice as much for them compared to chucks.
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chucks or any skater shoe will do

Merrell, INOV-8 and many others make excellent minimalist (flat/zero-drop) shoes, but you'll pay around $120 on average for them.
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Merrell, INOV-8 and many others make excellent minimalist (flat/zero-drop) shoes, but you'll pay around $120 on average for them.

Price is no issue, really. I just saw a pair of Nike Free Trainer 5.0 and they look nice and flat but with comfort. Tell me what you guys think.

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/produ...pbid=293180270

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The nike free was essentially the first minimalist shoe. I've seen a lot of people train in those type of shoes, but honestly, I'm not a fan. people think it's the same as using a flat sole shoe, but it isn't. Not only do you need a mostly flat, hard surface to squat on, you also need a shoe that will let you push out against the outside of the shoe. If you start to get into techniques that involve twisting ("screwing") the feet in the shoe, a minimal shoe will get you twisted up in a bad way real quick. Chucks provide fairly good side support and will at least get you headed in the right direction.

If money is not an issue, go with the Reebok Crossfit lite tr. That's the powerlifting shoe the Mark Bell developed with Reebok. I thought they were gimmicky, but I absolutely love mine. They have a very thin sole, similar to a minimal shoe, but they have double reinforced sides. They also have the best grip of any shoe I've ever used.

They are $90. I decided to take the plunge because hopefully they'll well outlast Chucks. I don't even care if they DO last longer now that I've used them. I think they're better in every way.

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I use Otamix power trainers,for squat and rack pulls, but they are 14 years old and I'm going to buy a pair of Chuck Taylor hi-tops in the near future.

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