What are the options when it comes to women’s weightlifting shoes?
Lifting shoes for women are a little bit harder to find than shoes for men. If I had to guess it’s probably just due to supply and demand, more men lift weights than women.
However, there are definitely some great lifting shoes out there designed for women.
Just because a shoe is marketed for men does not mean that women can’t wear it, it just makes sizing a bit more difficult. The same features that make a good lifting shoe still apply:
- Heel height
- Sole designed for the activity (flexible or rigid)
Those features will always apply when it comes to making an informed decision.
So if you’re an online shopper it might make more sense to go with the women’s version of a shoe so you don’t have to deal with guessing the right size and returning shoes.
Amazon has a great return policy if you purchase through them. My Prime membership has paid for itself each year extremely quickly.
There are some great lifting shoes for women out there for just about any gym activity, whether you plan on strictly doing weightlifting or crossfit. All of these shoes have good ratings, so it’s just a matter of picking the right one for your needs.
I’ve also reviewed most of these as well, so if you’re looking for an in-depth review of them you can check that out.
First, let’s take a look at the women’s shoes for weightlifting:
Adidas Women’s Powerlift 2.0
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.
Pendlay Do-Win Women’s Weightlifting Shoe
Another solid shoe that is almost the exact same as the men’s version.
The only distinction is the sizing and color it comes in. This shoe is a little bit more expensive than the Adidas Women’s Powerlift 2.0, which is probably because of the materials used.
It uses genuine leather and heavy nylon mesh to provide a flexible, but strong shoe. The heel height of this shoe is a little bit higher at .75”, which is still pretty standard for a weightlifting shoe.
I don’t have anything negative to say about the shoe other than it’s weird to me that they branded it as a Crossfit shoe. It is very clearly strictly for weightlifting because of the way it is made.
However, now Pendlay’s partner that was producing these has gone out of business, so as far as I know these are no longer being made.
I have not yet done a review on the women’s version, but you can view my review of the men’s version here
Now onto the women’s 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 not gigantic, but worth noting.
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
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.
Final thoughts on these women’s lifting shoes
All of these shoes are great gym shoes for women. 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.
Which one will be right for you depends entirely on how you work out. Hopefully after reading this article you can see that the distinction between men’s and women’s versions of shoes is very small.
The only real difference is in sizing (and 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 all have glowing reviews on Amazon and will get you moving weight in the gym!