Recently the VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe 2 was released and I gotta say…wow.
I haven’t seen much about them online and they definitely deserve some buzz on this one.
The scoop is that they kept the fundamentals that made the first shoe great (heel height, double straps), while giving them a sleek modern look with an excellent sole.
They probably got tired of people like me ragging on the looks of the old ones! Just take a look at this side by side comparison, it’s like night and day comparing the two.
Looking more in-depth at the VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe 2
So let’s cover the finer points of the shoe. While being remarkably similar to the first model, these do have an ever so slightly lower heel coming in at 3.2 cm compared to the 3.3 cm of the original.
It’s a difference that is so small you definitely won’t notice and performance won’t take a hit.
I’ve always been a fan of lifting shoes that have straps, and the two hook and loop straps on these are the perfect mechanism to ensure a snug fit on your foot with no movement.
Straps are crucial for olympic weightlifting as they secure your foot more than laces alone. When you’re throwing weight around and jumping, there can’t be wiggle room when you land.
They are better positioned than the original as you can see in the comparison. By being further apart, they cover a larger area of your upper foot.
Somewhat surprisingly, one of the most dramatic changes aside from the construction of the shoe is the new and improved sole.
It’s no longer a “fuzzy” textured rubber, but a ridged sole designed to keep your foot from sliding forward shown by the ridges on the front.
I’m sure the old design served its purpose well enough, but it is hard to deny that this is better. Aesthetically and functionally.
The back is just more of a stylish platform to put your heel on.
The attention to detail shown by that really impresses me. You can tell that the folks over at VS Athletics know a thing or two about weightlifting.
This shoe is very interesting, because it is rare you see a company release a sequel to a lifting shoe outside of the major brands.
Not only that, but they kept everything the first version did right and improved the areas it was weaker in such as the construction and looks.
An interesting thing to note about the new construction of the VS Athletics 2 is that it is much “cleaner”. It lacks a lot of the seemingly excessive stitching the first version had, which I like a lot.
It’s difficult to say how that will impact long term durability. I don’t see it being an issue though as lifting shoes tend to last for years as long as they’re used for…you guessed it, lifting.
They kept a lot of the mesh (around the upper heel, over the toes / tongue), but got rid of a small amount on the sides that probably added some breath-ability to the shoe.
It’s a negligible difference that I would give up every time for the enhanced looks alone.
Price-wise they are no longer the budget option they once were and that’s not a bad thing. The first version was ridiculously cheap (price wise) compared to other shoes on the market, even years ago.
When something is too cheap I feel like it’s a natural urge to skip past it because people (myself included) tend to think that cheap = poor quality.
That wasn’t the case with their last shoe, however it might have turned some people away because of that.
They are now more in line with the prices of mid-range shoes like the Adidas Powerlift 3s/Drehkraft/Inov8 or various Reebok models. And for all the improvements they made to the design and quality, they deserve every penny.
I would highly recommend this shoe to anyone interested in getting into oly weightlifting (clean and jerk, snatch). From beginners to advanced lifters, you can appreciate the updated shoes from VS Athletics who have clearly shown they understand what makes a good shoe. Click here to take a closer look at them on Amazon!