Inov 8 lifting shoes are some of the best cross-trainers on the market. If I had to guess I would say it’s because their background is in running shoes more so than lifting. Inov 8 has great reviews on Amazon and a reputation for quality.
They only have one weightlifting shoe line for both men and women, the Inov8 Fastlift 335. I guess that means this is going to be a short page! It is probably unlikely, but I hope they add some more shoes to their line up in the future so I have more to write about. The design of this shoe is fantastic and a more lifting oriented shoe would probably be one of the best on the market.
Looking at the Fastlift 335
The Fastlift has a great design for lifting. Namely the raised heel with a height of .75″ and forefoot strap. The raised heel will really allow you to get into position for squatting, as well as olympic lifts like the clean or snatch.
The strap is also crucial to stopping your foot from moving in the shoe while completing a lift. Stability is by far the most important thing to have when you’re doing heavy compounds!
The synthetic material also gives the shoe a lot of flexibility, which is great for CrossFit and other high movement exercises like box jumps, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t use them for running because they aren’t made for it. But for bursts of movement? Definitely. If you want to read my in-depth review on the fastlift 335 you can see it here
On a less important note, I also like the variety of colors they offer. You’re not limited to black or white. You can go to the gym in style!
If you are looking for a shoe that isn’t strictly for compound lifts, I think they are a great choice. You can see more pictures and the user reviews on Amazon here