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    Lifting shoes

    Hey, what kinda shoes do you all lift in?

    I bought some Nike Shox today because the heel seems a little elivated on these and they might be good for squating.

    Also, do I want a shoe that "gives" a little (flexable), or one that's more firm?
    They had an all leather pair that was more firm than the ones I bought, but I didn't know if a flexable shoe was better than one that was all leather and less flexable.
    Thoughts?

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    Converse Chuck Taylors high tops for squats/deads

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    Nike Shox... not the greatest for Deads.. but otherwise.. I love them.
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    Flat soled high tops - Converse all stars.

    Two shoes I would NEVER lift in: Running shoes, and shoes with one of those air pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
    Flat soled high tops - Converse all stars.

    Two shoes I would NEVER lift in: Running shoes, and shoes with one of those air pockets.

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    lol @ shoes with air in them.

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    i lift at home and lift barefoot. if i ever lift at a gym i would probably wear what people are advising, basically i would want whatever shoe was most like barefoot in its flexibility (ie hard/rigid shoes with thin soles) with just a little arch support.

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    What about construction boots?
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    ^ construction boots? i think those would weigh as much as a 45lbs plate
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    I squat in Adidas Olympic lifting shoes and I would never, ever go back to anything else again. Now, if I have to squat in cross-trainers or Chucks, I feel like I am standing on a wrestling mat w. anything over 225...

    For deadlifts, I still use Chuck-like shoes.

    For bench and anything else, I use cross-trainers or running shoes.

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    Chucks. And I need a new pair, bad.

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    i'll lift barefoot if they allow me. just make sure the plate won't crush'em.

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    Flamin' Chucks.

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    "i would want whatever shoe was most like barefoot in its flexibility (ie hard/rigid shoes with thin soles) with just a little arch support."

    Asics wrestling shoes. Don't go running around outside in them, but they're the next best thing to barefoot for working out.

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    i go barefoot.. when i have enough money i'll either buy chucks or TKD shoes

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    Converse All Stars only shoes these feet will touch
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    lol i've got the chuck high tops too... good stuff
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    Barefoot baby, hardcore!

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    Chucks are the bomb...i have a few pairs.

    If you are willing to spend the money, wrestling shoes are also kick ass for training in, very low to the floor and very comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianRocket
    What about construction boots?
    Construction boots are awesome for squats. Less so for deads.

    They are stable, solid and provide ankle support. The slightly raised heel will make it somewhat easier for you to squat.

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    I lift wearing any shoes - hiking shoes, boots, tennis shoes, flip flops, barefoot, etc. I don't think it makes a difference unless your shoes are unstable or if you have a tendency to drop dumbells/plates.
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    Rickey Dale Crain, one of the best PLers ever (quoted from Dr. Squat's forum):

    SHOES IS ALL ABOUT LEVERAGE AND SUPPORT....
    ON THE DEADLIFT THE LOWER YOU ARE TO THE GROUND THE BETTER OYUR LEVERAGE....WRESTLING SHOES OR SLIPPERS SHOULD BE TH EONLY CHOICE EVEN CONSIDERED...CHUCK'S HAVE A 1/2"-3/4" SOLE....TAKES AT LEAST 5% OFF YOUR LEVEARGE...A BAD CHOICE....

    THE MAJOIRTY OF THE LIFTES DO NOT USE CHUCK'S..ONLY A HANDFUL OF WESTSIDE DIEHARDS...AGAIN ANOTHER BAD CHOICE...NO SUPPORT AND NO HEEL FOR BETTER LEVERAGE...

    THE ONLY MEETS I SEE CHUCK'S IN ARE A FEW APF/WPC MEETS...

    BE SPORTS SPECIFIC.....WEAR SHOES DESIGNED FOR YOUR SPORT..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Rickey Dale Crain, one of the best PLers ever (quoted from Dr. Squat's forum):
    He says to be "sports specific", and "wear shoes designed for your sport".

    Weightlifting and Bodybuilding are 2 totally different sports imo.
    "Bodybuilding shoes" would be less important as aposed to "weightlifting shoes" I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muscleup
    He says to be "sports specific", and "wear shoes designed for your sport".
    Weightlifting and Bodybuilding are 2 totally different sports imo.
    "Bodybuilding shoes" would be less important as aposed to "weightlifting shoes" I would think.
    I'm not trying to argue shoes - I just thought his input was relevant. There are a lot of powerlifters who wear Chucks, but opinion is divided.

    There are differences in depth, stance, lean, and bar placement, but squatting is squatting, regardless of whether you are a bodybuilder, olympic-style weightlifter, powerlifter, strongman, or recreational bicep pumper...

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    I have no problem lifting my shoes. Well maybe when I am drunk but that's it.
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    i always thought chuck taylors were great for deadlifting/squatting.

    i currently use adidas superstar classics and it works great for me in squats. but not deadlifts as it has a pretty thick bottom sole. im willing to dish out $30-$40 for a pair of shoes thats optimal for deadlifting/squatting if anyone knows any?

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    i wear all-stars atm, but im planning on getting a pair of those steel-toe safety sneakers because im a clumsy oaf and always worry about droppingweights on my feet.

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