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2003/09/25 19:13:11 (permalink)

Weightlifting shoes

I am thinking - is it worth buying those(basic Adidas ones for 50 pounds) if the only lifts I do that will be 'helped' by those shoes are heavy push presses, front squats and power cleans. Although I started power cleaning and front squatting only recently, I found that stability is a major issue and my running trainers are not perfect. I am quite tall(6'2) and everytime I manage to fully straighten my arms when push pressing a lot of weight I feel like I'm about to fall over.

From your knowledge and experience, will getting myself a pair of weightlifting shoes be useful or it will be just a waste of money?
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/25 19:24:34 (permalink)
    I like shoes made for weightlifting/powerlifting/bodybuilding personally. They are usually built better for the stress we put out ankles through, and aren't thick and curved like running/crosstraining shoes. They are flat and have thinner padding (but really strong) so you can 'feel' the floor, or whatever you are pushing on. Works much better for me. With running/crosstraining shoes, they usually curve up at the toe area which means you either: A. dont have your toes pushing the weight, or B. you have moved the pressure point of movement into your toes, making the balls of your feet raise up. With lifting shoes your whole foot is flat on the floor for stability and power.

    Otomix are what I use, but they are a little expensive for some. Ranging from $70-$100.

    www.otomix.com is their site, but shop around and find what you are looking for :)
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/25 19:39:44 (permalink)
    I was thinking of getting these - http://www.sports-shoes.net/shop/product.asp?productid=467§ionid=333&catalogue=4 which seem to be specially for Olympic lifting. I dont really want my foot to be flat in the shoe - ideally, it will have a higher heel so that it will stop me from falling backwards.
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/25 20:11:42 (permalink)
    Those look ok, but I'd rather have more ankle support. Don't worry about falling backwards if you are using correct form :) You want your whole foot supporting your lift. With shoes like the otomix your whole foot distributes the pressure. With shoes like those you linked to, if you are pressing down flat, the pressure will be more on your toe ball-joints. Or you'd have to dig your heels in, making you more prone to fall backwards anyways :P

    Try using flatter shoes for lifting. I highly recommend them. I'll never go back.

    These are what I use (in white/charcoal) http://store.yahoo.com/otomix/ultrain.html
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/25 22:47:55 (permalink)
    Hey bro,
    I've used the addidas lifting shoes for years(the ones with the wood inserts).You can't beat them for squatting,deadlifting,cleans,snatch etc, they keep the feet very stable and with raised heels , its easy to keep the power coming through.
    I got mine for a tenner in a sale!, don't think the staff in the shop knew what they really were though.
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/26 09:55:36 (permalink)
    I have to agree with derek. I like the Otomix boots. If you don't want to fork out quite that much for a pair then have a look around for some wrestling boots. They are just as good and normally a bit cheaper
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    RE: Weightlifting shoes 2003/09/29 06:26:18 (permalink)
    I use plain old Converse old-school shoes. I have a solid black pair...and a pink hello kitty pair for screwing around. Its so nice to have people laughing at your shoes then crying when they see the weight you lift!
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