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.
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.