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Adidas Powerlift 2.0 Review

Adidas Powerlift 2.0 Review

I’ll start this off by putting it plainly: I am an Adidas fan. I have never had a bad experience with their products and the Powerlift 2.0 is no exception to that. These are light weight and have the wide, raised base you would expect from a lifting shoe.

The construction is great, and even though the gym is not a fashion contest, they offer a ton of color options that look great. Most weightlifting shoes don’t offer more than two choices when it comes to color.

The strap makes for a tight, secure feel when you’re going into a lift, because your foot is not moving at all. The distinct heel as shown in the side profile makes a large difference compared to a non-lifting shoe, because it is designed to give you leverage to push from.

The build quality is superb as you would expect from a name brand and very light in comparison to other lifting shoes that are on the heavier side of the spectrum.

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Further details on the Powerlift 2.0

The Adidas Powerlift 2.0 heel height is .6″ which is a great sweet spot in my opinion. The only shoes that tend to have larger heels are the ones for olympic weightlifting. I like these so much because they don’t feel awkward to deadlift in and still help form on squatting immensely.

If your ankle mobility is lacking you should have no issues using these shoes as the heel height is great.

The materials that adidas used for this shoe are lightweight and quality. I’ve had mine for years, and they are my go-to lifting shoe with very minimal signs of wear.

Plus, as you can tell from the pics they look great! I know some people probably could care less what their lifting shoe looks like, but I like having a little bit of style. And these provide plenty!

Adidas Powerlift 2.0 top

Things to be aware of

One thing to be aware of is the sizing. From what I have been reading on other people’s experiences with them, some people have issues if they have wide feet, so ordering a half size up can alleviate that issue. My foot is a little wide, but I have no problems with them. The strap will make up for any negligible difference if the shoe is a little bit on the bigger side.

The flat sole can take some getting used to if you’ve never worn a lifting shoe before. However, they do get a little bit more flexible once the shoes have some time to get broken in that is not much of an issue. I usually only wear lifting shoes specifically for leg day at the gym and nothing else.

I would advise against wearing them outside of the gym (EVEN THOUGH THEY LOOK SO GOOD), because with all lifting shoes they are very specialized for what they do: giving support on a flat surface. They won’t support your foot adequately walking over uneven ground, and it will wear the heel down. There’s always normal Adidas shoes for that! Proper maintenance of any lifting shoe will make it last much longer.

Adidas Powerlift 2.0 sole

Final thoughts and an unexpected update

Overall, I don’t think there’s a better shoe for someone who is serious about improving their form in the gym and doesn’t want to spend a ton on weight lifting shoes. (They are great for deadlifts as well, in case you were wondering)

The Adidas Powerlift 2.0 are stylish, functional, and affordable. Plus you have the brand recognition so you can have confidence that you’ll get a quality product. They have been making lifting shoes for YEARS. I always feel like I’m taking a gamble when I shop if I don’t go with a recognizable brand with a proven reputation.

If you’re looking for an entry level shoe or heck, even intermediate shoe for weight lifting I highly recommend them. You will get more bang for your buck than possibly any other shoe on the market for lifting. The amount of quality you get is just not matched by any other shoe company on the market in my opinion in this price range.

UPDATE!

Since I wrote this article, Adidas released the Powerlift 3, which you can check out my more in-depth review of by clicking here.  But I’ll talk about them some here too, because it’s the direct successor to the awesome Powerlift 2s!

Overall, the 3rd version feels more like a stylistic facelift than anything else. The shoe’s overall design is largely unchanged, which is a good thing. I feel like Adidas did an excellent job with the 2 that would be hard to top. Don’t fix what ain’t broken and all that.Adidas Powerlift 3 weightlifting shoe

The 2s are still a great shoe, so if you see a good price on them you should still get them.

That is unless you’re a fan of the new stylings on the 3s, which are very similar to some of Reebok’s CrossFit shoes in my opinion.

I’ll be honest, I like to wear a lifting shoe that looks good, but the fundamentals that make a good shoe having nothing to do with its looks. The 3s keep everything that made the 2 good!

Click here to view the Powerlift 3s and read what people are saying

 

 

 

Best Weightlifting Socks

Weightlifting socks will prevent this!

Using the best weightlifting socks are always a good idea in the gym. They help keep your shoe tightly fitted as well as protect your shins from getting scraped while deadlifting and performing other exercises. (Bloody shins may look cool on powerlifting competitors, but are not fun to actually have)

Not to mention, they can look pretty stylish if done right!

I highly recommend going with a decent brand like adidas, Under Armour, Nike etc. The reason being that you’ll get a longer lasting, more comfortable sock if you pay a little bit more up front for it.

I’m all for going cheap when I can, but when it comes to clothing it really just comes back to bite you when they last half as long or don’t fit properly. Uncomfortable clothing is worse than paying a little bit more.

Here’s my weightlifting sock recommendations to check out in no particular order:

BrandLengthCostView it
Under Armour All Sport PerformanceOver the calf$See More
MOXYKnee high$$See More
AdidasShin high$$See More

Under Armour All Sport Performance

weightlifting sock

Let’s start with the Under Armour socks. They are taller than average compression socks made of a mix that is 83% Polyester, 11% Cotton, 4% Nylon, 2% Spandex.

I was surprised when I came across these because I normally avoid Under Armour for being a little bit more expensive than other clothing companies. However, that’s not the case with these.

They are actually the cheapest on the list, although none of the socks are particularly expensive. These would be a great choice for the gym or any sport because the length is right and they are well made.

I have not had a bad experience with Under Armour clothing, so for a decent mid-range option look no further.

Click here to view the Under Armour All Sport Performance on Amazon

MOXY Knee High Performance

These socks were designed with deadlifts in mind. They are thick, high quality and heavy duty to ensure that the bar does not scrape your skin on the way up. They are also a little longer than the Under Armour socks, coming up to the knees. Great for the gym, but I wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing them outside of there.

It’s a great length for weightlifting competition. My favorite part of this sock is all the designs they have for them! You can show some personality instead of plain socks which is pretty cool. Look at some of these designs:

MOXY deadlift socks

If you’re a serious powerlifter and want some protection, these socks are the way to go.

Click here to see the MOXY Knee-High Performance socks on Amazon

Adidas Men’s Cushioned Crew Socks Adidas Mens Crew Socks

These aren’t marketed as weightlifting socks by definition, but they are the main pair that I wear to the gym so they made the list anyways.

They look and feel great (as you would expect from a cushioned sock) and I find that they do a fine job protecting my shins while I’m lifting.

Obviously they don’t offer near the protection that the MOXY socks do, but they get the job done for me without being overly heavy.

Click here to see the Adidas Men’s Crew socks on Amazon

Conclusion on the best weightlifting socks

And that’s really about it when it comes to weightlifting socks on Amazon. And since they are just socks, it’s easy to break down: The Under Armour socks are a little bit more affordable and all purpose, and the MOXY are made specifically for deadlifting and offer more padding. The adidas are a little bit more pricey, but extremely comfortable and multi-purpose.

weight lifting socks

As long as the socks come up reasonably high and are sufficiently thick,  they will get the job done. I’m the kind of person who likes clothing designed for specifically for the task at hand, but it’s not the biggest necessity in this case. So to put it as plain as possible, here’s the key to finding good socks for the gym:

  • Moderate to high thickness
  • Height (They come up past your shins, or close to it)

The thickness has two purposes: to prevent your foot from moving around in the shoe (in the case that the fit isn’t the best) and protecting your leg from the bar. The height of the sock is just to increase the area you are protected from the bar coming up on deadlifts. They’ll also double as massive sweat catchers.

Personal preference is key as well, because if you’re not comfortable then what’s the point. I think all three socks here should offer everyone a viable option, or at least give you an idea of what you want to get out of a lifting sock.

If those two conditions are met you will be good to go and ready to lift some weights with the best weight lifting socks possible!

 

 

 

 

 

New Balance Weightlifting Shoes

new balance weightlifting shoes

 

New Balance is an American footwear company mainly known for their running shoes. They have a great reputation for quality, so naturally we want to know if they offer the same for weightlifting.

The answer is…sort of. While they do not offer a dedicated weightlifting shoe, they have several pairs of cross training shoes that would work well for CrossFit and moderate lifting exercises.

I wouldn’t recommend them if you are strictly doing squats and deadlifts as shoes made for those will get you more bang for your buck. But if you want a shoe that isn’t as specialized, they have some great pairs to choose from.

I’m kind of particular on the shoes I use to lift on the gym so you might not be as concerned with it as me.

It’s really a shame, but I assume it’s because the reputation they have is almost entirely based on running shoes. Probably doesn’t make sense for them to go after the weightlifting shoe market, even though I wish they would!

On to the shoes!

The New Balance MX20v3 Minimus

New Balance Minimux MX20v4

The first shoe that I’d recommend if you are looking for a great cross trainer is the New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus.

It is extremely lightweight, and shaped for running/movement. My brother loves this shoe for the gym because of its minimal style.

You can check out my more in-depth review of it here to read more about it.

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The Women’s WX20v4 Minimus

New Balance Minimus WX20v4

The next shoe seems like a natural one to follow the MX20v3, the New Balance Women’s WX20v4 Cross-Training and Weightlifting Shoe. The name’s a bit of a mouthful, but that’s the official one listed on Amazon.

It shares the same traits as the men’s version that make it an excellent choice for CrossFit workouts. I’m assuming the only real difference is the sizing.

I haven’t reviewed this one yet and might not just because it’s so similar to the other one. If you need a shoe capable of some mobility I highly recommend it.

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New Balance leaves a lot to be desired

It is unfortunate that New Balance really doesn’t offer too much in the way of weightlifting shoes. They make some excellent cross trainers that fit the bill really well for CrossFit, and not much else. Even then, if you know that you want to focus on that then Reebok makes some great shoes.

If you are just looking for a weightlifting shoe, I recommend getting a pair that is designed for lifting and nothing else. The Adidas Powerlift series is a great place to start if that sounds more up your alley.

Maybe that’s just my personal preference speaking, so decide based on your needs!

It is worth mentioning that if you want to get into running highly recommend get a dedicated shoe for it. Not that you can’t do it in these, but speaking from personal experience I’ve had trouble with running in minimal style shoes in the past.

The Minimus line is great for running in bursts during a workout. I just wouldn’t put any real mileage on a shoe that isn’t PERFECT for running distance, because for me that tends to be a one way ticket to injury city.

If they ever end up releasing a shoe purely for weightlifting I will update this page to include it!

I hope they do one day, because New Balance has earned a solid reputation for quality. It would be extremely interesting to see what they could put out there!

 

Best CrossFit Shoes

RankModelPriceAmazon
1Reebok Men's R CrossFit Nano 5$$Click to see the price
2Inov-8 Men’s FastLift 335$$$Click to see the price
3Reebok Lifter 2.0$$Click to see the price
4New Balance Men's MX20v4 Minimus$$Click to see the price

There are a lot of great CrossFit weightlifting shoes out there. A lot of different brands offer their take on a lifting shoe for CrossFit, but what’s the difference between a shoe meant for it or strictly weightlifting?

The sole of the shoe makes all the difference! A shoe for weightlifting will have a more rigid sole which does not perform well for the movement that CrossFit workouts can demand.

They are very similiar though and it would be hard for you to go wrong with any of these!

Reebok Crossfit Nano 5 Reebok Nano 5 CrossFit Shoe

This shoe by Reebok is what I’d consider to be the front runner of CrossFit shoes. It’s constructed out of great synthetic materials such as Kevlar for support, and TPU for the midsole.

The sole is flexible, but still has the considerable rigidness you would want out of a lifting shoe. They’re very lightweight because of the materials used and comfortable at the same time.

The only thing to be aware of when purchasing is that sometimes people have issues with the sizing.

In this case, the shoe runs small so you may want to order a size up if you aren’t familiar with Reebok sizing.

I don’t really consider that a bad thing, because a lifting shoe is meant to be a little snug.

Obviously it shouldn’t be so much that you’re uncomfortable though! So once you know the right size you’re good to go.

Click here to check them out and read the excellent customer reviews

Inov-8 FastLift 335

Inov-8 Men's FastLift 335 Cross-Training Shoe

Another excellent shoe with a great reputation. As with the aforementioned shoe, it has all the features I consider necessary for a CrossFit weightlifting shoe, while doing it in style.

Inov-8 offers a lot of different eye-catching color schemes to choose from, as well as uses great materials for their shoes. They are very are very lightweight as a result of this.

Something to be aware of though, a couple of people have reported having a problem with the velcro not staying attached to the shoe after a relatively short amount of time used (~1 month).

Maybe that’s just bad luck with defective pairs, because the shoe has great ratings and it doesn’t appear to be a common issue. Read more

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Reebok Lifter 2.0

Reebok Lifter 2.0

This is a great shoe that hits all of the points mentioned above, and a cheaper alternative to the Reebok Nano 5.

You can tell from the construction that it is made for flexibility, having a ton of different pieces and not being one big piece of material.

The mesh it has on top near the toes is unusual for a lifting shoe, but adds greatly to the flexibility.

It really doesn’t have any considerable downsides considering it was made for CrossFit from the ground up. It works as advertised for all of your high intensity workouts!

Reebok even makes a women’s version of the same shoe which is very cool! I only have good things to say about it. Read more

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New Balance MX20v4 Minimus

New Balance Men's MX20v4 Minimus Cross-Training and Weightlifting Shoe

The Minimus is the only shoe on this list without a forefoot strap, but being made by New Balance gives it a pass for making the list. It’s a very minimal (see what I did there) shoe, and that’s a key reason it’s good for CrossFit.

That being said, if you need more support in a shoe I would go with one of the other three shoes on the list.

Minimal shoes can be a little unforgiving if you haven’t used one before. It is very lightweight and sure to perform well in intense workouts.

They’re a great looking shoe and have good ventilation. I haven’t reviewed this model in more depth yet, so I highly recommend checking them out on Amazon for more details.

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Here’s a helpful video you can check out as well:

Here are the key features of the best CrossFit shoes

  • Flexible Sole (Opposed to a more rigid one strictly for Weightlifting)

  • Raised Heel
  • Forefoot Strap

There are other optional things, but these are what I consider to be the essential features. The most important one is that the sole is flexible.

Your footwear directly impacts your performance, and wearing improper shoes can be uncomfortable as well as lead to injuries.

The raised heel is also important though. There are some flat shoes out there, but I don’t feel like they provide the same level of support as their counterparts.

You also don’t get the same leverage as you would otherwise for lifts like squats, cleans etc. Unless you have experience with flat shoes, I highly recommend going with a raised heel.

And last but certainly not least is the forefoot strap. Any lifting shoe worth anything will have one of these to keep your foot in place, which is even more important for CrossFit. It provides a lot of stability, which is crucial to any kind of weightlifting activity.

Now I’m going to cover what I think are some of the best shoes for CrossFit. I’ll just be providing summaries, but if you are looking for more detail take a look at the review I’ve written for each one.

Why these are the best shoes for CrossFit

I think this is a very solid list of the best CrossFit shoes. They all have the features like straps, raised heels and the required flexibility for intense workouts. Even if you don’t go with a shoe on this list, hopefully I’ve provided some good examples of what to look for to suit your needs. That’s what it really boils down to.

A common trend I’ve seen with these types of shoes is this: they don’t last forever. I think it’s just a reality of the more stress a shoe goes under, the less time it will last. And that’s why I highly recommend that you have separate pairs of shoes for CrossFit and weightlifting, (assuming you do both) if you have the budget to do so.

These shoes are going to go under some big stress during a work out!

Hope it’s been informative! Thanks for reading.

 

Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes

Pendlay Logo

UPDATE 2/13/17 – Muscle Driver USA (The main seller of Pendlay Products) is no longer in business, so it isn’t clear if Pendlay products will continue to be manufactured by someone else. There are still some reputable sellers of Pendlay branded gear out there, but be careful not to overpay for them. I will update this post if it becomes more clear what the future holds for the Pendlay brand.

Judging from the listing on Amazon, they are selling off the current stock and not producing more. Several sizes are unavailable at the time of this update.

Pendlay was a hard brand to track down. Their online presence is mostly defined by their weightlifting shoes on the Muscle Driver USA site, although they also produced:

  • Bumper plates
  • Barbells
  • Jerk Blocks
  • Apparel

At the time, the most I could find is that they were owned by MuscleDriver USA in a joint venture with Glenn Pendlay, a Level 5 USA Weightlifting coach.

They are mainly known for the Pendlay Do-Win weightlifting shoes, and also offer a women’s version of the same shoe. However, they also manufactured barbells and weights. I found that pretty interesting because most companies only focus on producing one type of product. They were clearly aiming to become a one stop shop for quality gym products.

Weightlifting is clearly something that they were passionate about and I think it shows in the great reputation the company had for quality products.

The Pendlay Do Win Weightlifting Shoes

Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes

The Do-Wins are a highly reviewed shoe for their mid-range price and excellent design for lifting.

They are one of the few shoes to use real leather in their construction, which adds a lot to the flexibility of the shoe.

I have to say that this is a shoe designed by weightlifters for weightlifters. All of the features are on point and the shoes perform all of the big three lifts in addition to olympic lifts very nicely.

Compared to shoes from other companies they are also very affordable, especially for the high quality of materials they use.

Most companies tend to go with synthetic materials for everything.

Even brands I have a lot of personal preference for like Adidas. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with synthetic, but it’s hard not to see it as a cheaper route to go for production.

You can also check out my Pendlay Do-Win review if you want to take a closer look at them and how they stack up to other shoes in the industry. You’ll be very surprised at how every feature is perfectly designed with lifting in mind.

Click here to see the latest price and great customer reviews

 

Other pros about Pendlay weightlifting shoes

Pendlay Elite Black Bumper Set

Pendlay also produced weights and barbells

A great benefit of buying shoes from them was their customer service.

Their shoes came with a 90 day warranty, which is very unusual and says a lot about how much they believe in their product.

If an incorrect size is ordered they would also ship you a new pair free of charge after you sent the ill-fitting pair back.

Customer service is something few companies get right, and it gave me a lot of confidence to recommend them for that reason alone.

 

Conclusion

To sum it up, for a brand that lacked much of an online presence, Pendlay lifting shoes seem to offer some of the more solid weightlifting products on the market.

The Pendlay Do-wins have a well-deserved reputation for quality, and the company backs it up with an emphasis on customer service that is not seen enough these days.

They are proof that you don’t have to go with a huge brand name to get an awesome shoe that will last you years in the gym. If you are interested in a pair, it might not hurt to seek them out because it isn’t clear whether more will be made in the future.

 

VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe Review

VS Athletics Review

The VS Athletics weightlifting shoe is designed for specifically for olympic lifts and might look a little bit rough around the edges. The real question is, how does it perform?

And the short answer is yes.

Function over form is the case here, and let’s be real: who cares how a shoe looks if it gets the job done. I guarantee no one cares what shoes you’re wearing, and if they do you’re better off without ’em.

Its low price relative to other lifting shoes makes it a compelling buy for that reason alone. If you’re on a budget and in the market for a dedicated olympic lifting shoe, you won’t find a better shoe for the money.

Let’s break it down and see how it holds up to the other olympic weightlifting shoes out there.

Let’s look at the defining features

VS Athletics Side View

  • Raised heel (3.3 cm or 1.29 inches)

This is probably one of the taller heels you’ll find in a weightlifting shoe. Heels with this height are made for olympic lifts such as the snatch and clean and jerk.

That makes it an excellent heel for squatting with too. The main drawback is a heel this tall will make deadlifting uncomfortable, because you are raised so high off the floor.

I would recommend a flat soled shoe for deadlifts or maybe even going barefoot. That is one of the only possible downsides to the VS Athletics in my opinion.

VS Athletics Top

  • Two support straps

I am a big fan of this feature simply because it ensures that your foot is not moving around in the shoe even more so than one strap does.

That always gets points from me, because the last thing you need doing a lift with a lot of movement is your foot moving around in the shoe.

There are a few shoes that do this as well such as the Romaleos 2, but it is still pretty rare to see. Not to mention, these do it for significantly less money.

  • Lower price point than most olympic weightlifting shoes

There are not as many affordable weightlifting shoes out there as a I would like. Especially when it comes to those ot the Olympic variety.

It’s probably because they are even more of a small market than average gym shoes already are.

This is one of the few that does a good job and isn’t skimping on the important weightlifting features an oly shoe needs.

You won’t find a comparably priced shoe that does as good of a job.

  • True to size fit

Weightlifting shoes typically are a little tricky to size, but the VS athletics seem to be one of the more reliable fitting pairs out on the market right now.

It’s not a huge deal, but it is definitely a nice thing when it saves you a little bit of hassle making sure you’re ordering the right size.

A lot of companies are known for having their shoes having a unique kind of sizing which can making choosing a lifting shoe harder than it needs to be.

You won’t have to check sizing charts obsessively, which should help to avoid having to deal with an ill-fitting pair.

 

Further thoughts

The most obvious thought that needs to be addressed because everyone is probably thinking it: yes, they aren’t lookers.

VS Athletics

 

In fact, they’re probably the plainest lifting shoe ever on this site. However, the look of your shoe is not going to increase your lifts or provide more stability. (Which is what actually matters here)

It’s a non-issue if you are looking for an affordable lifting shoe that excels in what it’s made for.

Especially when you stop to consider the low price compared to other lifting shoes on the market. You won’t find a better beginner shoe than this one if you’re interested in olympic lifts.

My gym shoes that look better haven’t landed me any girls in the gym yet! So it’s not a big deal when it’s a such a solid shoe for olympic lifting. Put the shoes on and get ready to move some weight.

Overall opinion of the VS Athletics Weightlifting shoe

VS Athletics Sole

This shoe has a very accurate fit, where as other brands can be a little bit harder to predict with their sizing. I hate the uncertainty with certain ones that shall remain unnamed for the sake of fairness.

These are often said to run a little wide, which is excellent for people with wider feet.

Even if you don’t have wide feet, it’s a nice advantage to have from a lifting shoe that will provide you with a little more stability.

To sum it all up, the VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe is a great olympic lifting shoe. Just because they cost less than other offerings does not mean that they are of lesser quality.

They’re a great alternative to the more expensive olympic shoes like the Romaleo or Adipower.

The trade off between the looks and price of them is well worth it. It makes them a solid choice for a beginner on a budget looking for a shoe that will get the job done and last for years to come.

Ready to start doing olympic lifts? Check out what other people are saying about the VS Athletics.

Adidas Drehkraft Review

Adidas Drehkraft Review

The Adidas Drehkraft is a significant departure from most weight lifting shoes that I’ve seen. Instead of laces or a strap, It uses a unique”boa” lacing system to secure your feet in place. I’ve seen this in a few other shoes, but this was the shoe that exposed me to it.

But how does that hold up in practice, is it an innovation or just a gimmick? I think the sea of positive reviews really speak volumes about the shoe’s validity.

It’s more useful than you might think and makes tying shoes a thing of the past at the same time. It’s not going to keep your feet quite as secure as a strap would, but you won’t slip out of it by any means. It’s not an exclusively olympic weightlifting shoe by design, but I think you’ll find it more than capable of performing those exercises.

The boa system is surprisingly intuitive to use. It would be a huge miss by Adidas if the primary attention-grabber was a pain to use. Don’t get me wrong though, I still wouldn’t mind if they used straps just to put this shoe over the top!

The rest of shoe is pretty interesting as well. Adidas surprised me with a shoe that has some of their normal lifting shoe traits paired with some unusual ones, like the slightly taller heel.

 

Designed with a purpose in mind

It’s not designed for running or jumping, so if you’re looking for that out of a shoe you might want to go to the CrossFit section now!

The shoe’s heel and sole just don’t support movement necessary for that kind of exercise. They do however support some serious weightlifting potential.

To me this shoe is a perfect shoe to have more of a weightlifting vibe than the average lifting shoe. With a heel height of .75″ it is about .15-.25″ taller than the average shoe that is solely for compound lifts.

However, the lack of straps gives me a little bit of hesitation to recommend it as a full on olympic weightlifting shoe. I’m a big fan of oly shoes that have straps because of how secure they make your foot feels in them. It takes your mind off of what’s on your feet with the confidence they give.

If you’re looking for a more ‘active’ shoe I recommend looking at some of the cross-trainers by Reebok. For someone just interested in the big three (squat, deadlift and bench) I think they are an excellent shoe.

Adidas is a brand that has a lot of experience with lifting shoes and that definitely carries over to the Drehkraft. The look is very reminiscent of the Adidas Powerlift 2.

 

Adidas Drehkraft Side View

The Adidas Drehkraft hits the key points of a lifting shoe

  • Tall heel profile

The .75 inch heel makes it a great shoe for hitting depth on your squats, and not being too tall either. It’s even high enough you could probably dabble with some olympic lifting, but I would still recommend getting a dedicated shoe for it if that is your goal in the gym.

As mentioned above, straps would have made this the sleeper oly shoe hit in my book.

  • Wide toe box

The shoe is a little wider which helps the stability factor a lot, compared to narrow shoes. More surface area to distribute the weight across, and you won’t feel like you’re going to fall over with a ton of weight on your back.

People with wider feet will appreciate the fit of the Drehkraft.

  • Quality materials / build

Coming from Adidas, you know that the shoe is going to be solid. It’s one brand I am a big fan of when it comes to weight lifting shoes because everything they offer is so well made.

That and the fact there are virtually no complaints about the unique lacing system, which is the focal point of the shoe.Adidas Drehkraft

When it comes to the build of them, the shoes are mainly synthetic which is more or less normal for 95% of lifting shoes these days.

All of these key points make for what I consider the most important factor in having an effective squat or deadlift: stability.

If you don’t have that then you cant have good form to lift weight effectively or safely.

You have to be able to trust what is essentially the foundation of your lift! Many people lift in shoes that aren’t designed for weight lifting and end up having problems because of it.

Adidas Drehkraft Top View

Final thoughts on the Adidas Drehkraft

I’d consider this another great shoe for for someone interested in trying olympic lifts. If you are looking for a shoe that is good for crossfit, I recommend going with a cross-trainer and not the Drehkraft. It is strictly a shoe for compound lifts, as shown by the shape of the shoe and .75″ heel profile.

It has a nice light weight, an effective alternative to normal lacing / straps, and comes from Adidas so you know it’s a quality brand that you can trust. On top of that it’s reasonably priced, making it a good buy for pretty much anyone that is hard to go wrong with.

The shoes success even paved the way for another model

Perhaps what I find the most interesting though is how Adidas used this shoe to test out the lacing system before unveiling the Leistung. Logically I guess we can assume the Drehkraft paved the way for a more “official” olympic lifting shoe.

The down side to the Leistung being the front runner is that you are going to pay significantly more for it. There is an argument to be made though that this shoe isn’t as specialized as the Leistung is when it comes to Olympic lifting though.

If you needed any proof that the lacing system is effective, that is it. They would not have introduced a flagship weightlifting shoe if it didn’t work!

Not having to deal with shoe laces is a pretty tempting selling point by itself. You owe it to yourself to check this one out.

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Inov 8 FastLift 335 Review

Inov 8 Fastlift 335

The Inov-8 FastLift 335  is the British company’s entry into the weightlifting shoe market. I have not heard much about this company prior to checking out the shoe so it was very interesting to research.

It seems to fit the bill for most people who have ordered it with a lot of favorable reviews, so how does it stack up for an intense CrossFit work out? Let’s find out!

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Digging into the details

This shoe is going to be more flexible in the fore-foot than a standard shoe for weightlifting because of its design. It has a a great heel ‘truss’ design normally seen in more expensive shoes for stability so it will not compress under heavy loads and provide the support you need for squatting and deadlifts.

With a heel height of .75 inches, it is even more designed for weightlifting movements than some shoes purely designed for it!

What is essential about this shoe to me is that it has a forefoot strap for that extra tight fit that some cross-training shoes tend to lack. I am always a fan of the forefoot strap, and if a shoe has two it’s even better!

The stability the strap adds while doing high movement workouts gives you confidence that you won’t lose your footing or slide around, which is all too common in shoes not designed for weightlifting.

Inov 8 Fastlift 335 top

It’s got that X-factor going for it because of the combination of features it has that I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Which is important because it needs to do a good job at a lot of things to be considered a good buy with how diverse the needs are that CrossFit can demand.

I want to talk about build quality too. Inov 8 uses top of the line synthetic materials to produce a top of the line shoe. The heel is made of TPU, the same as more expensive lifting shoes like the Romaleos or the Adipower.

It is very light compared to most lifting shoes out there. However, being made for movement it sacrifices a little bit of the stability you would get with a shoe dedicated purely to weightlifting.

The flexible nature of it also lends itself well to CrossFit workouts with a lot of movement. It is interesting because most other shoes that are popular for CrossFit have a raised heel too, but not to the same degree as the Fastlift. It’s a very defining feature of this shoe that sets it apart from the competition

I wouldn’t recommend a shoe like this for extended running though, as it’s not the designed purpose of the shoe to provide that kind of support. But for box jumps, burpees, and quick sprints? It can handle those and more with ease.

Overall opinion of the Inov 8 Fastlift 335

Inov 8 Fastlift 335 sole

The Inov 8 Fastlift 335 has a good variety of different color selections to choose from with a solid sole pattern to give you traction on the concrete/rubber floors that most gyms have. Take a look at the sole and you will see what I mean, grip will definitely not be an issue! There is also plenty of toe space so they are comfortable to wear, compared to more narrow lifting shoes.

Always be aware of the toe profile of any weight lifting shoe that you are looking into buying. My personal preference is for a wider toe space because my foot is wider than it is narrow and that shape provides me more stability and comfort when I am lifting. Generally speaking the toe box is going to be wide for stability purposes on most of them.

The Fastlift 335 is the go to choice if you are looking for versatility in what a pair of weightlifting shoes can do. These are designed for action and not just compound or olympic lifts. You will crush fast paced exercises like box jumps, and still squat like a champ. The .75″ heel is a great height if your ankle mobility isn’t quite up to par and provides the stability you need during heavy lifts.

If you are looking for a great shoe capable of handling almost anything, go with the Fastlift 335.

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ASICS Weightlifting Shoes

ASICS 727

ASICS is a Japanese athletic gear company that is mainly known for their top of the line running shoes. They have also made weightlifting shoes, such as the 727 TOW (Pictured above), that is not available outside of Japan.

They have gained a reputation over the years being used by world-renowned lifters, but are very expensive. One site I found listed them as $275, and sold out. The next site I found them on did not list the price was only $215 and was also sold out!

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This model is primarily used by olympic lifters in eastern countries.

It seems like the only option to get a pair is to import them, from a site like Rakuten. (Disclaimer: I have not used this site to purchase from before, so be cautious)

The defining feature of the 727s would probably have to be the high quality of materials used, and the wooden heel. The design has remained relatively unchanged for many years which says a lot about the quality of it. The wooden heel isn’t the deciding factor that it can seem like, with top of the line shoes by Nike and Adidas performing just as well if not better.

 

Asics Lift Trainer

Don’t worry though, if you aren’t wild about importing there is ONE other option. Yes, only one. ASICS also makes the  Lift Trainer, which is more globally available.

You can tell from the pictures on this page alone that these two shoes are VERY different in terms of what they are looking to achieve, with one being a dedicated weightlifting shoe and the other being a cross trainer. So it’s not a fair comparison in that regard. Click here to see my review of them

It’s a shame that it gets overlooked so much. While it’s not a weightlifting specific shoe like the 727 TOW, it performs better than a lot of cross trainers that I’ve reviewed, making it a great choice for CrossFit and other general gym use.

I would highly recommend them for someone who isn’t only focusing on weightlifting exclusively.

My best guess is that ASICS do not see the market for an expensive weightlifting shoe for people in the West and may be testing the market with the cross trainer.

It’s pretty hard to deny that a cross-trainer should reach a wider market than a shoe strictly meant for lifting weights. Maybe we will see them selling them directly in the future, with weightlifting shoes having an overall upward trend in interest as shown in Google Trends.

 

weightlifting shoe trend

 

The bottom line is that if you are a serious lifter, you can import the 727 TOWs (Also referred to as the 727 Tiger) from various online sites. I’d advise using caution when choosing a site, as I have seen some with middlemen trying to charge a much higher price than the shoe’s actual cost to make a profit. If you are going that route, here is a sizing chart to convert your shoe size:

Shoe size conversion chart

There are so many good shoes for weightlifting out there these days. Amazon has a ton of great shoes that you can check out to get an idea of what is on the market, as well as my reviews here. I only see importing as an option if you are highly determined to get a pair of these shoes, because you’re going to have to pay extra to get them.

If you’re not stuck on having a wooden heel, you can find shoes with similar heel profiles that are great for olympic lifts such as the Nike Romaleo 2 or the Adidas Adipower. Being perfectly honest, I see no reason to pay the premium for the 727s when there other great weightlifting shoes out there.

I have no doubt they are great, but the wooden heel really doesn’t have any advantages compared to the TPU used by modern weightlifting shoes. If anything it’s unnecessarily heavy and even if it just adds a fraction of a second to moving your feet, that can make a difference when you’re attempting a PR

When it comes to ASICS lifting shoes

While ASICS weightlifting shoes might be hard to find, if you do a lot of CrossFit I highly recommend the Lift cross trainers. While not being meant for strictly weightlifting, they have received a ton of great press that ASICS of all types are known for.

Unfortunately, it seems like getting the strictly weightlifting shoes by ASICS will remain a difficult task for a while!

If you’re determined enough though you DO have options to import the 727. Just be careful and don’t get ripped off.

 

Pendlay Do-Win Review

Pendlay Do Win Review

The Pendlay Do Win is one of the most standout lifting shoes on the market. The Do-win is built for weightlifting performance, and great for any kind of lifting from squats to olympic lifts.

Pendlay is an established weightlifting company that also manufactures weights and other lifting equipment, giving them a very unique presence when it comes to weightlifting.

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Defining features of the Pendlay Do Win

Pendlay Do Win

  • Leather with heavy duty black nylon mesh construction

This is an unusual quality for a lifting shoe to have, and I like it a lot. High quality materials makes for a better shoe, and shows that they are putting some effort into having the shoe strong as well as flexible. Leather definitely is not a common material among lifting shoes, which is a nice point in the favor of the do-win. I could see this pair of shoes outlasting a lot of what is out there on the market because they just don’t offer the same leather construction as these.

  • ¾ inch heel

A little bit taller than the standard height of a raised heel for a lifting shoe, and a nice height to help deal with poor ankle mobility and a solid base to drive from. When looking for a shoe for for the gym you probably want a raised heel over a flat one to help you achieve squat depth and help form on olympic lifts. If you struggle with ankle flexibility it is always a good idea to work on that separately as well.

  • Dual strap design

I am always a fan of the two straps for a lifting shoe to totally secure your foot in place so you don’t have to worry about movement of any kind within the shoe. It’s a less common feature in shoes and I’m surprised by that because it seems so obvious to improve. But maybe that’s just my personal preference speaking. Your feet will not be going anywhere in these!

Fit

Most people report that the shoe is wide, which is a good thing for weightlifting of any kind. However, the manufacturer even reports on the Amazon page that the recommended fit is a ½ size down from your normal shoe size. Which is probably to ensure that it’s a snug fit as most lifting shoes want to minimize your foot moving within the shoe. However, if your feet are really wide you might want to keep it at your regular shoe size. Also good to note, is this a re-design of the 2007 model, with significant improvements to the flexibility of the sole and construction of the shoe.

Pendlay Do Win Sole

As you can see they have a very wide toe box. Possibly one of the widest I’ve seen and I like it a lot because of that. You are probably wondering why it looks like a monstrosity compared to most lifting shoes, aren’t you? The purpose of it is to distribute the weight over a larger surface to “spread the floor” so to speak and really goes to show the knowledge that was put into the design of the shoe.

Further thoughts

This is an excellent weightlifting shoe. If you are looking to get serious about your training and want a solid shoe, I highly recommend them. The materials they use are higher quality than most lifting shoes and the features are everything I would expect a lifting shoe to have.

I think the Pendlay Do Win makes for a great choice for pretty much anyone. The price is right, and Pendlay is a well-known reputable brand. They will even ship you a replacement at no cost if your sizing is wrong and you send the shoes back, which is always great and a solid sign of good customer service.

That kind of support is very hard to come by these days and speaks a lot to the company’s focus on keeping customers happy.

You would find it hard to find another company with such nice return policies, however if ordering from Amazon that is even less of an issue.

It’s hard to go wrong with the Do Win!

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Otomix Shoes Review

Otomix Shoes Review

The Otomix weightlifting shoes are one of the more interesting shoes that I have come across. They are made of leather, which is unusual for lifting shoes and I like that a lot.

Leather adds a lot of flexibility in a shoe, while retaining some strength.

Also interesting to note is that they aren’t just designed for lifting, but also MMA and martial arts as well. They only come in two colors, black and white.

Getting down to the features of the Otomix weightlifting shoes

Mark Wahlberg Otomix Weightlifting Shoes

Even Mark Wahlberg wore these, are you sold yet?

The leather is one of the defining aspects of the shoe. The flexibility as mentioned above lends itself well to having a full range of motion of exercises like calf raises/extensions.

Not only that, but comfort walking around in them as well. Some lifting shoes sacrifice the comfort for a more rigid, performance based shoe. That definitely is not the case with these.

But do they hold up to the competition to provide you the best foundation for heavy lifts? Probably the most important thing when it comes to a shoe for weightlifting is the sole and heel.

Shoes that have raised heels will help more on squats than flats, and flatter shoes tend to help more with deadlifts. The Otomix weightlifting shoes have a flat rubber sole (which isn’t a big deal, most if not all shoes do), but the heel is actually NOT a part of the sole.

What provides the raised heel in these is a foam insert underneath the insole.

To me this is a no-go for a weight lifting shoe. I’m sure that the foam heel adds a lot of comfort and spring to the shoe while it’s new, but will compress a LOT under heavy loads.

That means instability where it matters on a squat. When I look at a shoe’s heel, I want it to be part of the sole. Not a piece of foam on top of it.

Interestingly enough, most people did not find this to be an issue other than one review on Amazon, with the shoe having glowing reviews and a great rating.

Obviously I can’t really comment on these folk’s level of experience in the gym, and that makes me wonder if I’m being too harsh on these shoes.

And perhaps maybe that’s why they are labeled as “Bodybuilding” shoes and not powerlifting shoes, which would make my critique look a bit silly.

They DO say that they are designed for weight training as well in their description, so I don’t think I am being unfair to look at them with that focus. It is what the site is all about, is it not?

Otomix USA Pants

Otomix even makes these USA pants, no, I’m not kidding!

The verdict

Overall, despite them not being my first choice for a weightlifting shoe, I would recommend these for someone who isn’t as focused on the big three lifts (Squat, Deadlift, Bench) as much as I am and just wants a pair of shoes for the gym.

They are made of leather which is always a plus, and have a pretty cool look to them. They kind of look wrestling shoes to me.

As with any pair of shoes, it’s up to you to decide what fits your needs in the gym, not me. And despite my criticism of them, they seem to have a good reputation. So don’t hesitate to do your own research and check them out on Amazon to see what others have to say about them.

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Adidas Lifting Shoes

Adidas Weightlifting Shoes

Adidas lifting shoes are some of the most popular when it comes to lifting shoes, doing extremely well with pretty much every shoe they put out.

Most of their shoes are for men, however there is a women’s version of the Powerlift 2.0 which is a great shoe.

I think the main difference between the models for the genders is just sizing and maybe marketing, as the women’s Powerlift 2.0s offer different colors not available in the men’s. Otherwise they are the same.

I’m going to give summaries of each of these excellent shoes, but if you are looking for more details I have also reviewed each one! I will include links to these with each shoe so you can check it out if you want to know more.

Adidas lifting shoes

Before I jump into describing each shoe though, I want to start with what they have in common.

  • Quality

Adidas lifting shoes are the kind of quality you would expect from such a large brand name. Even though they use synthetic materials over more expensive ones like leather, the construction of each pair is excellent. Good construction means good performance, leading to better lifts and lasting you a long time before they need to be replaced. They aren’t a heavy shoe, they are fairly lightweight as a result of the synthetic materials. It’s nice not to feel like you’re clunking around in bricks while you’re at the gym. All Adidas shoes feature a rubber sole that is extremely tough and designed to grip the floor. They have been in the shoe game for a while and their products reflect that.

  • Color selection

Even though it’s not the most important factor of a lifting shoe, I like the amount of color choices you have with Adidas weightlifting shoes. A lot of brands just have one to two colors to choose from and that’s it. The men’s Powerlift 2.0’s in particular offer a TON of different colors, which is pretty cool in my opinion. One of the main reasons for this is the size of the audience. The larger the target audience, generally the more options a company will provide.

  • Purpose

I feel like it’s an important distinction to make when there are so many shoes out there, that these are strictly for weightlifting. I would not use them to walk around in, or even use for CrossFit. Now, could you use them for these activities? Of course, but they are not designed for them. You really need a shoe with a more flexible sole when it comes to these types of activities. It will be uncomfortable and wear them down much faster than if they are strictly used for compound lifts.

The Adidas Powerlift 2.0

Adidas Men's Powerlift 2.0 Weightlifting Shoe

The Powerlift 2.0s’ are their mid-range shoe, available for less than $100. They provide an excellent choice for someone who is getting more serious about lifting and wants a pair of shoes without breaking the bank and still getting a quality shoe. If I were to recommend anyone new to lifting a pair of shoes, these would be the ones.

You would have a tough time finding a comparable shoe at that price, and they often go on sale at Amazon. The heel profile (how high the heel goes) is great for squatting, and isn’t so high that it would be an issue for deadlifts either. The rubber sole also provides a great grip for the floor on squats and bench press.

The main difference between these and the adiPowers is that the heel construction is a little bit different. The adiPowers heel is slightly less compressible, and that’s really it. With that being said, the Powerlift 2.0’s heel is not going to give you ANY issues at all. It’s just an upgrade for those who want it. Click here to see my Adidas Men’s Powerlift 2.0 Review

Adidas Powerlift 2.0 Sole

The sole is designed to grip the floor

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The women’s Powerlift 2.0

Adidas Women's Powerlift 2.0

The women’s version of the Powerlift 2.0 is only different when it comes to the colors offered, and the size of the shoe itself.

That’s the only real difference between the two versions. The materials and features are exactly the same.

It’s the same excellent shoe in a slightly different form. For more details look at my Women’s Powerlift 2.0 Review

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The Adidas adiPower

adidas Adipower weightlifting shoe

And for the next shoe in the Adidas lifting shoe line up, we have the adiPower. This shoe has an amazing reputation, and it’s no surprise why. It performs excellently to provide some of the best stability a lifting shoe can provide.

With a slightly higher heel than the Powerlift 2.0 it makes squatting much easier, without compromising on stability. The shoe is typically reported to be narrow, which is the norm for a weightlifting shoe.

You want them to be snug so there is no movement while you are doing a heavy lift with weight on your back. However, if you have a wide foot you may want to go with a shoe with a wider toe box for comfort. There’s no reason a lifting shoe should be uncomfortable!

The only drawback to the adiPower is the price tag that comes along with it. For top of the line performance, you pay top of the line price. That is why I would usually point a beginner or even someone with a little experience to the Powerlift 2.0 because that would probably meet or exceed their needs. However, they are significantly cheaper than the Nike Romaleo which is Nike’s comparable lifting shoe. Click here to view my Adidas adiPower review

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Here’s a great video review of the Adipower and Powerlift 2:

The LeistungAdidas Leistung Lifting Shoe

The Adidas Leistung is the latest addition to the Adidas weightlifting shoe line up. It’s primarily designed for olympic lifting because it has a 1″ heel, and makes some drastic changes from previous shoes in the Adidas line up.

It probably shares more similarities with the lesser known Drehkraft because of the unique boa lacing system it uses instead of laces and straps.

The design is also very different despite using most of the same materials as the Adipower. It is still primarily made of TPU which is standard for most weightlifting shoes. The look is often a pretty polarizing topic with some people loving it and some hating it. One thing is for sure, it gets some attention!

This shoe is a top of the line weightlifting shoe. It can be worn for any compound lift, but olympic lifts are where it really shines the most. That specialty comes at a price above what the Adipowers cost and for the Leistung I feel like that’s fair for how specialized they are.

The lacing system it uses is one of the most stand out features to me because frankly, it looks like a gimmick at first glance. Thing is, it really isn’t a gimmick at all. It’s easy to use and very innovative. For more details read the full review here

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To sum up Adidas squat shoes

Adidas weightlifting shoes are some of the best out there if not the best. I highly recommend them for anyone, because it would be hard to go wrong with what they are offering.

They provide a high quality, affordable, and excellent performing shoe for anyone looking to get more out of their workouts at the gym. They have a decent sized line-up that reaches everyone’s potential needs.

And just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you HAVE to go with the women’s version of the Powerlifts or any of these for that matter. It just makes figuring out the sizing a little more difficult. If you have any Adidas shoes they can be used to help figure it out as their running shoes fit closely to these.

I hope this article has been informative and helps you make a decision that’s right for you!

adidas Women’s Powerlift.2 Review

The adidas Performance Women’s Powerlift 2 W Weightlifting Shoe is the women’s version of the adidas Men’s Powerlift 2 Trainer Review. (I guess that was pretty obvious from the name, right?) But is it as good as its male counterpart that has received a ton of praise for its performance and price? Follow my riveting review to find out out if they make the cut for your gym bag!

The short version: Yes. You can take a look at the shoe and tell they are virtually the same, with the exception of sizing. The same qualities that I loved about the Powerlift.2s are present with these. Except in more colors this time!

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The Goodadidas Women’s Powerlift 2

  • Great design

The materials used for these are excellent, the shape of the shoe lends itself to stability like you would expect from a weightlifting shoe.

The strap will keep your foot secure and keep it from moving during those heavy lifts.

  • Good heel height

If you’re coming from a running shoe, or a flat shoe this will be the biggest help to your squats, and even deadlifts. Most of us (myself included) lack ankle mobility, so this helps prevent your heels from coming up during a lift and letting you drive from them instead. Old school body builders used to squat on pieces of wood for the same reason: leverage.

 

Arnold himself!

Arnold himself!

  • Light weight

From a comfort perspective, it’s nice to not feel like you’re trudging around the gym in a clunky pair of shoes. Super light and comfortable.

Things to be aware of

Lifting shoe for women

However, there are a few less appealing qualities from the Powerlift.2s that are still there and need to be pointed out. I don’t really consider them REAL negatives, but they are things to be aware of all the same.

If you are purchasing your first pair of shoes for lifting it’s good to know in advance before you make a purchase.

These are weightlifting shoes, not cross-trainers. This means that they will not be the best choice for you if you’re doing high movement exercises. CrossFit for example.

They are pretty much single purpose in that regard. If you plan on doing sprints/box jumps etc., look into a cross trainer. Using a shoe for a purpose that it was not designed for can lead to injuries that take you out of the gym.

Adidas sizing is unique, and some people report having sizing issues when they buy. A lot of people report buying a half size smaller for this shoe in particular. This is all relative to your foot size, so be aware of that too.

In other words

They are a great shoe. If you are just getting into weightlifting I highly recommend them as an entry level shoe because the price is right and the quality is outstanding. Adidas really knocked this one out of the park and it would be hard to go wrong with these.

They are laser focused on one task: lifting, and because of that they perform it well. One dimensional, but it is all up to you and your personal goals in the gym.

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New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus Review

Does the minimal cross-trainer make the cut for a squatting shoe?

New Balance Men's Cross-Training Shoe

The New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus Cross-Training shoe has rave reviews on Amazon for being a great lightweight shoe that is not only a good shoe for weight training, but also faster paced cardio activities.

But how does it hold up for squats and deadlifts? I mean, that IS why you’re here, right!?

The heel is low, which is good for weight lifting. But the material looks like the kind that will compress under heavy loads, which to me is less than ideal.

If it had a higher heel that would be a deal breaker for me as that would be too unstable to depend on for a heavy lift (because of that material). That said, I’m sure they are fine to squat in, but for a dedicated squatting shoe? I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars based on that specific purpose.

To be fair though, it is a cross-training shoe. It isn’t trying to be a power lifter’s shoe by its design. And for that I think it makes for a great all around gym shoe. Whether you are playing basketball or doing CrossFit, it provides a little more support than a dedicated weightlifting shoe will.

The way the shoe is shaped with the wider toe, and the sole not being STRICTLY flat is a good thing for cross training purposes.

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What are your gym goals

New Balance Minimus

So as with any shoe, it really depends on your goals. I don’t mean to be too harsh on it for deadlifting and squats because they WILL get the job done. It’s just that a shoe meant for those lifts will perform better than this one.

Kind of hard to judge a cross-training shoe harshly for being diverse, right? And for a diverse activity at the gym like CrossFit where there is a combination of running/jumping/lifting, I think these would be the perfect combination of a minimal shoe, but still enough support to be better than a single purpose shoe.

The only thing that I am not particularly wild about it when it comes to weight lifting is the shape of the sole. It’s got the curve in it as you can see above, which takes away from stability in squatting or deadlifting.

It’s shaped that way to handle running / absorb impact from those kinds of movements. So as far as weight lifting goes that’s my main knock against the Minimus.

 

CrossFit

 

Final thoughts on the Minimus

The New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus Cross-Training shoes are definitely high quality. They may not be the number one pair for squats, but it is hard to go wrong with New Balance, and a lot of people swear by them for their running and walking shoes.

And if my other reviews are anything to go by, I definitely put a lot of value in a brand’s reputation even if it isn’t my first choice. These are also very inexpensive for a quality cross training shoe. So if you’re looking for a pair of shoes that can do everything, I would go with this one.

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Reebok Crossfit Lite Review

Crossfit Lite Review

The Reebok Crossfit Lite are weight lifting shoes geared towards normal lifting and CrossFit lifters alike. The first thing I noticed about them was their striking resemblance to Chuck Taylor’s.

But how do they hold up against those, and are they good shoes for squatting? Where a flat sole shoe really excels is the deadlift. A raised heel won’t really affect your deadlift ability, but when you have a flat connection to the ground it helps your leverage a little bit.

They were built for lifting, so they’re going to have an edge by default! The mesh tongue helps a lot with the ‘breath-ability’ if that’s a word, the heel and toe are perhaps a bit more durable for lifting and provide an excellent grip.

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Characteristics of the Reebok CrossFit Lite

Reebok Crossfit Lite

But do they make for good lifting shoes? That’s going to be a matter of personal preference, and why I started off by comparing them to Chucks. If you are used to a flat heel and have the ankle mobility, then I’d say yes.

However, if your ankle mobility is lacking, they probably aren’t the best choice for you. A quick way you can get a feel for how mobile your ankles are, is just do a body weight squat barefoot and see how deep you can go comfortably.

If you can go to parallel or below (even better) then that is probably not a factor for you. I can hit pretty good depth on mine, but I still prefer a slightly raised heel. The cool thing about them though which kind of balances this out is the wide toe profile they have, which may be beneficial depending on the stance you use for squats.

 

Where do they really excel?

The lift these shoes really shine for in my opinion, is the deadlift. They provide the stability you’d expect from a weight lifting shoe and with that low heel profile it really helps you push from your heels. If you have bad ankle mobility they may not be ideal for squatting, but that’s the trade off with these!

And I guess that’s to be expected when they’re endorsed by Mark Bell (Famous powerlifter) Below is a promotional video where they talk about them. Obviously they are trying to sell them, but they also talk about the shoe’s features and you can see them in action:

 

 

I think you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with the Reebok Men’s Crossfit Lite for any kind of weight lifting. There are zero issues with build quality and are proven to have a good reputation. I feel like they are a great choice based on the low price alone.

Objectively they will get the job done and it just depends on your preference in what you’re looking for with a heel profile on a lifting shoe. A lot of people report them running half a size too large, so consider that if you are buying online.

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