(Last Updated On: November 5, 2017)
Lifting shoes for women are a little bit harder to find than shoes for men.
However, there are definitely some great options out there!
The same features that make a good lifting shoe will always apply:
- Heel height
- Sole designed for the activity (flexible or rigid)
It’s really going to depend on your needs in the gym to determine the right shoe.
Here are my top picks when it comes to women’s shoes for weightlifting:
Adidas Women’s Powerlift 3.0
The women’s version of the Powerlift 3.0 is an excellent buy.
Its fair price and excellent construction will provide a great experience for novice and intermediate lifters alike.
Although it is almost a carbon copy of the men’s version, the only difference is that it is a little bit lighter.
(And it’s a lightweight shoe to begin with) The heel height is very moderate at .6”, which is great for comfortably getting more squat depth without compromising usability for deadlifts or general comfort.
I highly recommend them just based on my experience with Adidas lifting shoes. You won’t regret buying these for your compound lifts.
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Now onto the CrossFit shoes
Reebok Women’s Lifter 2.0
This is another great shoe that is designed with more mobility in mind, but still has thew features you would expect from a weightlifting shoe.
It still has a solid strap to keep your foot in place, and a .75” heel to help you power through compound lifts.
The biggest difference between this and the men’s version of the shoe is that this one is significantly lighter.
The men’s weighing 14.1 ounces and this version weighing 12.6. It’s a noticeable difference. Lighter shoes are just more comfortable to wear, especially if you are doing intense exercise. You don’t want more weight on your feet than necessary.
My favorite aspects of this one is the affordable price and the weightlifting components it has while being a more multi-purpose shoe. Read more
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Inov-8 Women’s FastLift 315
These shoes offer some distinctive color schemes and great features to make them a force to be reckoned with.
The midsole is made of TPU, a very strong plastic also used in the heel of the far more expensive Adidas Adipowers.
They are also one of the lightest cross-training shoes I have come across, weighing in at 11 ounces. That makes for a great shoe for moving around in during CrossFit workouts.
They also feature the parts of a weightlifting shoe you’d want for those Olympic style lifts, with the raised heel and strap.
They’re sure to help your form and allow you to move with style.
This is probably the lightest lifting cross-trainer on the market, so I highly recommend it if you do CrossFit.
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Final thoughts on these women’s lifting shoes
It’s important to know what goals you have going into the gym, because strictly weightlifting shoes will have a more rigid sole than cross-trainers.
Specialization is key when it comes to lifting effectively and safely.
You definitely would not want a rigid sole shoe to do intense CrossFit workouts! Besides being really uncomfortable, it would also leave you open to unnecessary injury.
Injuries will always set back your progress more than anything else in the gym.
The only real difference from men’s shoes is in sizing. While that is important, everything else is the same: Heel height, quality, price and sole. Once you’ve gotten all these factors down then finding what you need is a piece of cake!
I think it would be hard to go wrong with any of these shoes. They will get you moving weight in the gym and making progress towards your goals.