The VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe 2 – the most deserved shoe sequel of all time?
TLDR? A huge upgrade to an already solid weightlifting shoe.
Recently the VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe 2 was released and I gotta say…wow.
I haven’t seen much about them online and they definitely deserve some buzz on this one.
The scoop is that they kept the fundamentals that made the first shoe great (heel height, double straps), while giving them a sleek modern look with an excellent sole.
They probably got tired of people like me ragging on the looks of the old ones!
Just take a look at this side by side comparison, it’s like night and day comparing the two.
Looking more in-depth at the features
While being remarkably similar to the first model, these do have an ever so slightly lower heel coming in at 3.2 cm compared to the 3.3 cm of the original.
I’ve always been a fan of lifting shoes that have straps, and the two hook and loop straps on these are the perfect mechanism to ensure a snug fit on your foot with no movement.
Straps are crucial for Olympic weightlifting as they secure your foot more than laces alone. When you’re throwing weight around and jumping, there can’t be wiggle room when you land.
They are better positioned than the original as you can see in the comparison. The original’s straps worked, but these are much better. By being further apart, they cover a larger area of your upper foot.
Somewhat surprisingly, one of the most dramatic changes aside from the construction of the shoe is the new and improved sole.
It’s no longer a “fuzzy” textured rubber, but a ridged sole designed to keep your foot from sliding forward shown by the ridges on the front.
I’m sure the old design served its purpose well enough, but it is hard to deny that this is better. Not only in how it looks, but also how it performs.
The attention to detail shown by VS Athletics is really what impresses me. You can tell that they took everything that made the first shoe great and made it even better.
It’s rare to see such a dramatic change in a shoe. And to actually like the changes? That’s even rarer.
An interesting thing to note about the new construction of the VS Athletics 2 is that it is much “cleaner”. It lacks a lot of the seemingly excessive stitching the first version had, which I like a lot.
It’s difficult to say how that will impact long-term durability. I don’t see it being an issue though as lifting shoes tend to last for years as long as they’re used for…you guessed it, lifting.
They kept a lot of the mesh (around the upper heel, over the toes/tongue), but got rid of a small amount on the sides that probably added some breath-ability to the shoe.
It’s a negligible difference that I would give up every time for the enhanced looks alone.
Price-wise they are still lower than competing weightlifting shoes which is a steal. To find a comparable weightlifting shoe will have you spending near two hundred dollars at the least.
If you’re on any kind of budget, they will work with it!
Wrapping up this VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe II review
When something is too cheap I feel like it’s a natural urge to skip past it because people (myself included) tend to think that lower priced = inferior quality.
That wasn’t the case with their last shoe, however, it might have turned some people away because of the price.
They are now more in line with the prices of mid-range shoes like the Adidas Powerlift 3s/Drehkraft/Inov8 or various Reebok models.
However, since they are weightlifting focused they are an even better deal than those shoes.
And for all the improvements they made to the design and quality, they deserve every penny. They took the Model T version of the shoe and transformed it into a Corvette.
I would highly recommend this shoe to anyone interested in getting into oly weightlifting (clean and jerk, snatch).
From beginners to advanced lifters, you will appreciate this VS Athletics Weightlifting Shoe – they have clearly shown they understand what makes a good shoe.