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So you are looking for a pair of cheap weightlifting shoes. Maybe you’re a beginner lifter looking to take your lifts to the next level, or you just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a pair of shoes for the gym.
Either way, there are some good options out there for you to choose from that will save you some money. It’s really not necessary to dump a lot of money on a pair unless you have very specific tastes or you just have a huge preference for the top shoe models.
Now as a general disclaimer, a shoe’s cost may not always reflect its quality accurately. Some cheaper pairs of shoes can do the same exact thing that a more expensive one can. In some cases the extra cost is justified in materials / design, and other times it may just be the brand or style that drives the price up.
The nice thing about purchasing a less expensive pair to start with, is that you can get an idea of what works for you. And then when you have more experience, you can buy something different or more expensive.
The rankings I use for this will purely be based on price. You came here to find the cheapest weightlifting shoes, so that’s the most important factor that I am using to determine the order. Don’t hesitate to spend a little bit more money if it means getting the shoe that you want, because a lifting shoe will last you for a long time to come as long as you treat it right.
The breakdown of the most affordable lifting shoes:
Adidas Powerlift 3
I had to recently update this section because of the release of the Powerlift 3. They aren’t very different aside from the looks, and still hold the top spot on this list.
For not much more money than the others, you can go with my personal favorite lifting shoes for the price. The Powerlift 3s are remarkably similar to the Adipowers (which are some of the best shoes for weightlifting, in my opinion) The main difference being the heel heights of the two shoes.
They have the standard raised heel which helps a lot for hitting proper depth on squats and provide stability on the compound lifts. If you’re looking for an olympic lifting shoe, I’d like to direct your attention to the VS Athletics. The heel height on these just doesn’t lend itself to olympic lifting.
These are probably the most bang for your buck if you’re willing to spend a little bit more than the Crossfit Lites.
I have had a pair of Powerlift 2s for years and they have yet to let me down. That means the Powerlift 3s have to be good, right? Adidas has been making lifting shoes for a long time, so there’s a lot of tried and true design in the shoes they offer. (There’s my personal bias at least) Read more
VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe
Next on the list, the VS Athletics. This is the last sub $100 shoe, and it takes a very no frills approach. It is very plain and has a straightforward reputation of getting the job done that it was designed for.
The biggest difference you’d find between this and the Powerlift 2s, would be that this one has a slightly higher heel than the average weightlifting shoe, and two straps for stability instead of one.
It’s also designed specifically for olympic lifting. So if you’re looking to get into it, this is one of the best shoes to do it with!
If you have ankle mobility issues, then this shoe would be a great choice to help you hit proper squat depth. Read more
Pendlay Do-win weightlifting shoe
For the last shoe on the list and the only one over $100, these offer excellent leather and nylon mesh construction with a raised heel.
This version is an improved one over the previous 2007 version with a better sole.
The most distinct difference between this shoe and the others on the list, is probably the more expensive materials used / quality construction of the shoe. You will have a difficult time finding comparable lifting shoes for the same price.
It is probably more designed for experienced lifters than anyone else, but is still a good shoe at a reasonable price. Pendlay is a company with a great reputation behind all of their products. Read more
In conclusion, cheap weightlifting shoes can be just as good as expensive ones
All of these shoes have their strong points, and the one that is the right choice for you will depend on how much you’re willing to spend and what features you are looking for in a shoe. I would not go any cheaper than the shoes listed here, as any of these will last you years if you take care of them.
For two of the three shoes listed here costing less than a hundred dollars, you can get a very affordable weightlifting shoe to get the job done.
Also remember that just because a shoe costs less, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t offer as much as a more expensive one. Most people don’t need an expensive shoe to start doing heavy weightlifting.
Plenty of powerlifters use regular non-premium shoes to lift in. These are generally only used in the gym, so they aren’t subject to the wear and tear a normal walking shoe is. A long as you take reasonable care of them, they should hold up for a long time to come.
Something that is important to keep in mind when purchasing online is what the manufacturer suggests when it comes to sizing. This is usually listed in the description on Amazon. Almost every shoe brand fits different, and lifting shoes especially tend to fit more snug because they try to minimize how much your foot moves within the shoe.
If ordering from Amazon they are very generous on returns, but that’s a lot of hassle that can be easily avoided. Pay attention to the sizing and save yourself the headache of waiting for returns to process.
These shoes are the best you can get for the money before you have to start spending significantly more. They should provide a great starting point for anyone looking to get more serious about weightlifting. If you stick with it you can always upgrade later! The great thing is, you most likely wouldn’t have to because all of these shoes are solid.
The biggest factor between them is are you doing olympic lifting or just regular compound lifts. Pick a shoe with the right heel height and you will be good to go.
I hope this list was informative and helps you find an affordable pair of shoes to start moving some weight in the gym.