This isn’t going to be a very long article but I wanted to give you my quick thoughts on weight lifting shoes and if they are worth the investment. I’ve been training in the gym for longer than I care to remember and or, can remember. As a long time now retired sprinter I have always worked out in my sneakers or running shoes. Whatever you prefer to call them. I’ve often chosen a more solid less cushy base of a shoe for my gym workouts. But I’ve never tried a weight lifting shoe.
To be honest, I thought I would look like an imposter using a weight lifting shoe. Some skinny older guy who can’t squat a gazillion kg wearing weight lifting shoes. Come on.. However, I’ve always been keen to try them.
We’ll, thanks to the explosion in Cross Fit, the athletic shoe companies have jumped on the CrossFit band wagon and developed a range of shoes for non weight lifters. I invested in a modestly priced pair of Nike Metcon 2 shoes about 12 months ago for my gym sessions. These shoes look like a cross between a training shoe and an Globe skateboard shoe. “I think Globe went broke and no longer exist.” They are not your full blown weight lifting shoe so you won’t look like an imposter in the gym, but you will notice a big the difference. This honestly won’t apply to everyone as the biggest benefit comes from using them for any heavy lifting moves. Eg squats and deadlifts. They are even good for heavy walking lunges.
This is one of the best shoe investments that I’ve ever made. A bit like moving up from your first high school crappy track spikes to a real pair of racing spikes that don’t flex in the middle and actually do what they were made to do. I can honestly say that I will never heavy squat or deadlift in running shoes ever again.
They have made a huge difference in how stable I feel under the bar with max weight on my shoulders. Which is a bit over 1.5 times my actually body weight. The don’t squirm under your feet like a normal pair of running shoes and you feel like all the energy and force that you apply through the ground is not lost or wasted just like a good track shoe. The Nike Metcon doesn’t have much of a heel like proper weight lifting shoe, but unless you’re doing loads of heavy cleans and snatches you probably won’t need it.
I’ve just bought a pair of NoBull training shoes. They haven’t arrived yet but I’ll update you on my thoughts on these in a few months. But for now, I will stick to my trusty Nike Metcon’s and keep chasing that elusive 2 times body weight back squat.