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Olympic weight lifting shoes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Does anyone have any good input on getting a pair of good lifting shoes?

It seems like its literally IMPOSSIBLE to find a pair on the interent. They dont even sell the adistar anymore they only have the new model which is bright orange and is out of stock in most sizes.

I want some lifting shoes but i dont know what to do..

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on August 20, 2012
at 01:21 PM

While I do agree that they are essential for anyone who lifts competitively I have to laugh every time I see a video of someone who went thru the trouble of finding the shoes only to completely ignore the rest of the lift. If you clean looks more like a jumping deadlift, followed by a reverse curl into a military press (not racked on shoulders) these shoes won't make any difference.

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on August 19, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Competitive running is heavily subsidized by shoe companies, whereas Olympic weightlifting is subsidized by barbell companies. Biomechanics are biomechanics no matter how you lift, to say there is a difference bio mechanically between lifting for health and lifting competitively is just silly.

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on August 19, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Joshua. You also don't see Olympic runners wearing vibrams. Lifting oly style for health and lifting for comp are different things.

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on August 18, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Looks like I was wrong on the Nike shoe... They are available in the US and Rogue strength sells them.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:53 PM

For all those that are poo-pooing on the idea of weightlifting shoes in general, I'm sorry, but you don't get it.

Weightlifting shoes are used for Olympic style weightlifting and for pretty much everyone that competively lifts weights in the quick lifts, are a necessity. You don't see many major Olympic lifters lifting in Sambas, Chuck Taylors, Minimus, Veebs, or the like - they wear a weightlifting shoe.

The DoWin shoe (aka Rogue) is a good value shoe, it isn't perfect, but they last longer than adistars (which IMO are overpriced, not durable, and altogether the worst value in athletic shoe on the market). Asian markets have access to the Nike weightlifting shoe, so if you have friends in NZ, AU, or China/Japan you might be able to find a pair... They are called the Romulus and I only know a handful of westerners who have owned a pair.

My shoes? Years ago weightliftingshoes.ca used to sell a handmade shoe using a tracing of your foot. They don't sell them anymore (they sell DoWin now). I will be VERY upset when I wear mine out.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 19, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Joshua. You also don't see Olympic runners wearing vibrams. Lifting oly style for health and lifting for comp are different things.

E6c14efded576a0bea38a2fe2beced6a

(689)

on August 20, 2012
at 01:21 PM

While I do agree that they are essential for anyone who lifts competitively I have to laugh every time I see a video of someone who went thru the trouble of finding the shoes only to completely ignore the rest of the lift. If you clean looks more like a jumping deadlift, followed by a reverse curl into a military press (not racked on shoulders) these shoes won't make any difference.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on August 18, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Looks like I was wrong on the Nike shoe... They are available in the US and Rogue strength sells them.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on August 19, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Competitive running is heavily subsidized by shoe companies, whereas Olympic weightlifting is subsidized by barbell companies. Biomechanics are biomechanics no matter how you lift, to say there is a difference bio mechanically between lifting for health and lifting competitively is just silly.

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on January 25, 2013
at 01:39 PM

Rogue always has them: http://www.roguefitness.com/shoes/weightlifting-shoes.php

Not cheap, but if you check often they do go on clearance. A guy at my gym got some for about $35 before Christmas.

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on January 25, 2013
at 09:10 AM

If you like wedge shoes, you can have a look at this new style of shoes http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-suede-leathe-brown-p-21.html.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Check out http://wlshoes.com - they have a lot of shoe reviews and reading what other people have to say about each model may help you decide.

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on August 18, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I got my Adidas Power Perfect IIs from http://www.dynamic-eleiko.com/

No online ordering, but I called and they were shipped very quickly. It also helped me to talk about sizing with a live person.

Love the shoes. Very helpful for any kind of squat, as well as the Olympic Lifts.

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on August 18, 2012
at 08:22 PM

I'm a novice of one year, but when I first started olympic weightlifting, I just wore my Vibrams. I did OK, but I could never get into a very low squat because my ankles were not flexible enough to counter my longish thighs. Because of this, I had some knee pain in the patellar ligament - it was taking all the pressure of the squat. With oly shoes, it lifted my heels just enough to take the pressure off my knees and ankles, and it gave me a more solid platform to lift from, if that makes sense. No more knee pain, better lifts, better form. That's why I use the shoes.

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Google returned a bunch of sites. This one was promising: breakingmuscle.com/olympic-lifting/5-best-olympic-weightlifting-shoes-under-200-2012

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on August 18, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Kit Peters - http://www.liftbigeatbig.com/2012/07/you-need-olympic-weightlifting-shoes.html ^ Article from LBEB on why you need weightlifting shoes FYI

I don't use them personally, either go barefoot or use my Vibram KSOs

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on August 18, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Honest question: what's the point of weightlifting shoes? I lift in a pair of Wal-Mart Chuck Taylor knockoffs, and I do all right.

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on August 18, 2012
at 05:57 PM

the adistar is now the adipower and the adipure -- neither are as good as the original. I tried the Rouge, and it's pretty good. I actually just never liked lifting shoes. I use the New Balance Minimus Zero trail right now, and am looking forward to trying out the Minimus Zero Life (it has a strap) next

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