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    No Shoes?

    I've read a bunch of articles that have pushed for doing squats and deadlifts without shoes. I've even read ones that argue running without shoes is better for your body because of less impact. What do you guys know about this (the lifting side of it, not the running)? Citing other articles or just your own experiences would be fine, I just want to know a little bit more about this.

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    no shoes here. Shoes are fine if that have a flat sole. Most running shoes (shoxs, etc) have elevated heels which is what makes them a bad choice.
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    Personal preference I think. I like to wear shoes though.
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    Converse or Vibrams.

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    For a while I used a pair of skate shoes for squats and deadlifts, but recently bought a new pair of Jordans. I do like the skate shoes for deadlifts, but for squats I could care less. I did try the "no shoes" thing, didn't like it.
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    studies are showing data that suggests people would basically be better off if they never wore shoes.

    does this vaguely apply to lifting, yes. i don't think it's as relevant here as it is with any of the more high-mobility sports, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cman View Post
    I've read a bunch of articles that have pushed for doing squats and deadlifts without shoes. I've even read ones that argue running without shoes is better for your body because of less impact. What do you guys know about this (the lifting side of it, not the running)? Citing other articles or just your own experiences would be fine, I just want to know a little bit more about this.
    I typically prefer shoes for squatting, although I do like to deadlift in socks. Not only does lifting in socks put you closer to the ground (shorter ROM) but it also feels a lot more stable for pulling. For squats I usually like to have a bit of a heel and mostly squat in my Olympic shoes.
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    When I broke my toe I couldn't wear shoes comfortably, so I tried lifting in socks and for squat and deadlift I like it. I am still deciding what to do now that it is mostly healed. I like no shoes for upright movements but not for bench. And I broke a toenail a week ago when I caught it on my power rack. Life is hard when you're clumsy.

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    Interesting responses. For lifting it does seem like more of a preference thing. I'm probably going to get a pair of vibram five fingers once my current shoes need to be replaced so I can see how it feels. Those probably do the best at simulating bare feet.

    Edit: killxswitch, that just sounds painful. I hate breaking toenails.
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    Vibrams are great. Obviously you could lift or run in them, but they're also excellent for outdoors stuff like hiking, rock climbing, etc
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    No shoes lifter here. I've been going shoe-less for just about as long as I've been squatting and deadlifting, mostly because I've always had basketball or running shoes. Gotta say, it's pretty fun walking around the gym in my socks, no one seems notice or say anything if they do.

    I wouldn't mind squatting in shoes though, just to see how it works for me. Gotta find a pair of flat-soled shoes that actually fit how wide my feet are, first.
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    I squat and deadlift in socks. Flat sole shoes like Chuck Taylors never really felt comfortable for me.

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    I noticed a difference when I started squatting in just my socks.

    But then the gym staff told me to put the rest of my clothes back on too.
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    I have the vibram bikila. Great shoes. I wear them almost every day for one thing or another. I do all Olympic lifting in them. I don't run in them yet though, because it takes a different technique (POSE). the bikila model are a nice mix of freedom/mobility and protection for the foot bottoms.

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    I think it has more to do with mechanics than preference. Try to do an air squat with running sneakers on, then try with either a flat soled shoe (skate shoe/ converse) or barefoot. I am pretty sure you'll be more stable at the bottom in the latter. You want to have a solid/flat platform. Squishy running shoes are not going to give you the stability you need especially with higher weight. Even though olympic lifting shoes have heels, the soles are made of a solid material to assist in stability. I can usually tell who the serious lifters are in the gym by the shoes they're wearing....

    Here is an article on training shoe choice. After reading this, I picked up a pair of skating sneakers and have been pleased wit the results.

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    Converse Chucks seem like a cheap quality option but they are very narrow. Anyone know if they make wide versions?

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    I just switched from minimal running shoes to the flat soled Adidas Sambas(Not a Chucks fan). I never felt that wobbly before but I definitely felt the difference immediately on squats and deads. Glad I made the switch. Plus I think they look pretty good.

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    I prefer barefoot but use Vibrams occassionally. I also have OLY shoes that I use for front squats and those movements but still prefer barefoot whenever possible.
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    almost forgot. Innov8 shoes are getting really popular with the crossfit crowd. they even come in different weights. they're super light and good for lifting, but you can also do some running in them, which benefits us because we might have oly lifts mixed with running in the same timed workout.

    check out the Innov8's. they pretty hard to get, though.
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    Once track is over I think I'm going to get the vibram komodo sport. It seems like a really good shoe for any sort of activity (even in somewhat slippery conditions) while at the same time simulating the barefoot mechanics. Lifting, running, and even going through my day in those should be fine.

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    I bought Chucks a couple months after I started lifting and never looked back. The sole is so thin I can feel the floor perfect... so any weight transfers I feel etc. I love em.
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    Vivobarefoot also has some great flat soled shoes. I bought a pair a while back after reading about how much better they are for your feet.

    I've always been a shoeless or Olympic shoes lifter because of the increased stability, but now I just lift in the vivo barefoots. They are basically the same thing as the vibrams but look a lot less weird to me. They are a bit on the pricey side but I waited for a $60 off coupon and got them for basically the same price as the Vibrams.
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