The Otomix weightlifting shoes are one of the more interesting shoes that I have ever reviewed. They are made of leather, which is uncommon for lifting shoes and I like that a lot.
Leather really steps up the quality of a gym shoe to the next level.
They’re also promoted for MMA, but I’m not sure I’m following on that one. Especially since MMA training is mostly barefoot…
I’ll stick to the weightlifting aspects for this one.
Getting down to the features
The leather is one of the defining aspects of the shoe as mentioned above. The flexibility lends itself well to having a full range of motion during 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 bad boys.
But do they hold up to the competition to provide you with the best foundation for heavy lifts? That is 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. WHAT!?
To me, this is a no-go for a weightlifting 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. I’m a little bit skeptical that they’re doing heavy lifting with these, though.
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?
The verdict on Otomix lifting shoes
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, you might be surprised.