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DVinBR
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Member since Jan 2013
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Powerlifting Shoes
Im curious on what shoes to get here, i tried some shoes which are those high angled ones once and it seems like that is the only thing you can do is squats with them due to the angle being detrimental during a deadlift motion with the bar out front

anyone have suggestions for a shoe that is good for both? or should i get 2 separate shoes?

i would mostly like just a pure flat bottomed rigid sole shoe for both


MarkInTable
LSU Fan
Dallas, TX
Member since Aug 2016
105 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
The elevated heel helps people with limited ankle mobility, like myself, get more depth in their squat. I wear the adidas powerlift brand and have no complaints. If you don't have issues with ankle mobility then something with a flat rubber surface would work for both, think chuck taylors. I personally always deadlift barefooted.

If you do more than powerlift (jumping, sprinting, rowing, hiit etc) and don't want to change shoes you could consider some of the crossfit shoes (nike, reebok, nobull), though I have no personal experience with any of those.
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LSUfan20005
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2012
6136 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Personally, I find Vans to be the perfect all around lifting shoe. Flat, stable, flexible, and grippy.

Chucks are too narrow and all of the trendy shoes are too expensive and too cushioned. I’m blatantly opposed to lifted heels for almost everyone, fixing ankle mobility should be a prerequisite.


AyyyBaw
LSU Fan
Lafayette
Member since Jan 2020
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re: Powerlifting Shoes
Not powerlifting specific shoes, but I do all of my training in Reebok Nano 2s and love them. I do squat and deadlift in them among other things. I would definitely go to a store and just try a bunch on though.


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FatMan
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2016
865 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Vans and Chucks...

I personally wear all stars. Old skool Vans are great lace up option, $10 more than converse- so you should try both and see what works. Also classic Adidas like Seeley have the thick run er sole and are great for lifting


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Dixie Normus
New Orleans Saints Fan
Earth
Member since Sep 2013
1335 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
A lot of us on the board wear metcons or reebok nanos. I had metcon 4s and now have 5s and love them. I also have a pair of adidas leistung’s for squats if I want them, but have just been using the metcons lately to work on ankle mobility.


NOFOX
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2014
8463 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
I use Merrell trail gloves most of the time. Also have a pair of Adipowers that I wear occasionally if going heavy in my garage.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
66286 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
I've been through Inov-8, two pairs of Nanos, Metcon Frees and borrowed lifters. The Metcon Frees are by far my favorite for all lifting.


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Rep520
Arizona Fan
Member since Mar 2018
7470 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Chucks here. If you're just powerlifting, they're the best.

If you want to blend powerlifting with running and jumping, that's when they're suboptimal. They're good because they have a flat, thin sole with good grip and no cushion. That's ideal for powerlifting, but far less than ideal for running and jumping.


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StraightCashHomey21
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Altus, OK
Member since Jul 2009
110919 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
The 5’s come with the heel insert that helps a lot with people who have ankle mobility issues

For true powerlifting training you need two different shoes

Elevated heel for squats and a flat sole for squats



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Bonkers119
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Member since Dec 2015
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re: Powerlifting Shoes
I have Metcon 5's and I love the heel inserts. Those shoes have been a great purchase for me.


DeafJam73
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
15304 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Can’t go wrong with classic Chuck Taylors. Not very expensive and you can use them for anything. I know a lot of people rave over the Nike Metcons over their versatility. In my experience, shoes that claim to be all purpose are mediocre at everything. I have a pair of Chucks for deads and a pair of Romoleos for olympic lifting. For upper body days I just wear my Chucks. No arch support, but I don’t run in them anyway.


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Hu_Flung_Pu
USA Fan
Central, LA
Member since Jan 2013
19218 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
I have chuck Taylor’s, adipowers, and a running shoe.


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BilJ
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DANGA ZONE
Member since Sep 2003
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re: Powerlifting Shoes
Yeah I love the metcon 5s. Might even just get a 2nd pair soon


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omarlittle
Member since Mar 2011
233 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Got a pair of Adidas CrazyPower from ebay for around $75. Only lifting shoes I've ever owned, so I don't have much of a point of reference, but they've helped with depth on front squats (I don't work on mobility near as much as i should).


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tigerfoot
LA-Monroe Fan
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
42358 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
quote:

fixing ankle mobility should be a prerequisite.

why?



DeafJam73
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
15304 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Because it means you are more efficient in your lifts. Better ankle mobility helps put less strain on your hips and your knees. Especially when you’re trying to lift under high intensity.


StraightCashHomey21
West Virginia Fan
Altus, OK
Member since Jul 2009
110919 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Elevated heel even helps when you have good ankle mobility

In competitions you don’t see most people squatting in flat soles.


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tigerfoot
LA-Monroe Fan
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
42358 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
quote:

Better ankle mobility helps put less strain on your hips and your knees
So do lifters. They also allow for better spinal alignment under heavy weights as well.

If someone has no functional limitations in ankle mobility, using lifters for certain lifts can be beneficial versus continually compensating for lower ranges of motion at the start of the chain.

Everyone is different, some can benefit some not so much. It just depends.


MWP
Alabama Fan
Kingwood, TX via Monroe, LA
Member since Jul 2013
8279 posts

re: Powerlifting Shoes
Wrestling shoes.


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