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 much harder to get ahold of.
They have gained a reputation over the years being used by world-renowned lifters, but are very expensive.
One site I found listed them for $275 and sold out. The next site I found them on did not list the price was only $215 and was also sold out!
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, use caution if going this route)
The defining feature of the 727s would probably have to be the high quality of materials used, and design has remained relatively unchanged for many years.
With such limited choices, I would honestly recommend a pair of Adidas lifting shoes or Nike Romaleo as viable alternatives. They’ll save you a lot of money and time trying to get a pair of ASICS.
Do I have to import my gym shoes of choice from Japan though?
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 was recently DISCONTINUED!
You can tell from the pictures on this page alone that these two shoes were 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. You’re definitely not going to be a fan if you were looking for the 727s, though.
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.
Apparently they weren’t selling so great!
Still considering importing the 727s?
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:
There are so many good shoes for weightlifting out there these days. I’ve covered many in my reviews on here that are great. I only see importing as an option if you are highly determined to get a pair of these shoes. For anyone but an elite lifter, the trouble isn’t worth it in my opinion.
You can find shoes with similar heel profiles that are great for olympic lifts such as the Nike Romaleo 3 or the Adidas Adipower. Being perfectly honest, I see no reason to pay the premium for the 727’s when there other viable alternatives out there that don’t run the risk of getting scammed.
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. It might have held some advantage in the past prior to synthetics being as quality as they are today, but it’s negligible today.
When it comes to ASICS lifting shoes
ASICS weightlifting shoes might be hard to find. However, 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 strict 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.