About Pendlay weightlifting shoes and the company that makes them
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. If you’re looking for a comparable shoe with a weightlifting focus, I highly recommend the VS Athletics Weightlifting shoe 2.
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
- Jerk Blocks
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
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.
Other pros about Pendlay weightlifting shoes
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.
To sum it up, for a brand that lacked much of an online presence, Pendlay lifting shoes used 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.