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Weight Room Essentials: Learn About Weightlifting Shoes

Rack up reps with the right pair of weightlifting shoes.

Performance weightlifting shoes might just be the most important item in your gym bag. Correct weightlifting shoes help improve performance by providing the precise level of support and stability weightlifters need.

Why use weightlifting shoes? Other kinds of shoes, including trainers and running shoes, feature built-in cushion that is not conducive to weight training. Weightlifters need shoes that help them properly use their body force to move weight.

Shop popular brands for weightlifting shoes you can count on, including Nike®, Reebok® and adidas®.

Buying Tips

When it comes to weightlifting shoes, performance starts from the inside out. Look for an ultra-light midsole that absorbs some shock without adding bulk or weight to your shoe.

Weightlifting shoes should always be low-profile in design. Select from classic high-top weightlifting shoes for added ankle support or modern low-tops, with a graduated outsole for underfoot support.

Some weightlifting shoes come with a weight-distributing plate within the outsole to evenly disperse body weight for support as you lift. A heel counter optimizes support through mid-foot and heel.

Ensure that your weightlifting shoes are outfitted with a high-density rubber outsole. Traction-maximizing patterns for added grip on the gymnasium floor.

Expert Advice

Think about your needs as a weightlifter. Some lifters prefer a shoe with maximize cushion and even a slight platform along the outsole, providing an extra level of support as you go in for another rep. Other weightlifters tout the benefits of a low-profile shoe, as the close-to-the-ground fit enables you to better control your stance.

Many weightlifting shoes are designed with full-grain leather upper for maximum durability. For added breathability, choose a men’s weightlifting shoe with a mesh and synthetic upper, which better allows for proper air flow. No matter your shoe material, your weightlifting shoe should deliver a low-profile fit for a snug, locked-in feel as you train.

An inner sockliner in your footwear enhances fit and comfort. Look for a sockliner treated to wick moisture away from your skin. This feature ensures you remain fresh, dry and comfortable when the heat is on.

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