I need some advice on the best shoes to use for competition squatting. I’ve got a meet coming up in about a month and have basically just been training in a pair of basic running sneakers. I’m lifting raw and squatting in the hign 400s.
What type of shoes is the best depends on your chosen style of squat.[/quote]
If you squat wide, chucks or some type of flat shoe. Narrow olympic shoes IMO.[/quote]
I think it is more a function of whether or not you are required to break parallel.
There are fundamentally two ways to accomplish this from a last inch standpoint. Squat deeper or elevate the heel. Not to mention an elevated heel helps address any ankle flexibility issues as it require a shorter range of motion.
I have a pair of Adidas that are 8 or 9 years old and still look like I just bought them despite basically being used at least weekly that entire time frame.
The key is only wear them in the gym and put shoe trees in them when you take them off. This will help pull sweat out and retain the shape of the shoe.
Vans, the soles are flatter than chucks. There’s more surface area of your foot in contact with the ground. The material is basically the same as chucks in the sense that you can roll onto the outside of your foot with barely any resistance from the shoe.
Or instead of worrying about what shoe to use, you could go get really fucking strong and then it won’t matter.
[quote]StormTheBeach wrote:Or instead of worrying about what shoe to use, you could go get really fucking strong and then it won’t matter.[/quote]No thanks!Â I was expecting that I could add about 100 pounds to my squat with a new pair of shoes.Â But thanks for your comment anyway.Â It always brightens my day when dumb people make snide remarks.
lol…I find the oly shoes gives more quad recruitment because I do an olympic style squat when I wear oly shoes…when I wear flat shoes I really try to sit back and hammer posterior chain. I’m pretty much the same for my squat strength both ways so I don’t think it really matters…just whatever is more comfortable.
both shoes are good…for your sake I would just invest in any shoe right now that you will feel STABLE in. I was squatting in regular shoes and it wasn’t very stable. When I put my oly shoes on the first time and squatted it was incredibly stable and I could REALLY tell a difference. I feel stable with flat shoes as well obviously…I think that’s an important part.
If I were you I’d buy some oly shoes, they are quite nice to squat in and you don’t always have to squat in them you can change it up!
Well StormTheBeach I have to partially agree, I think to many people worry about the small things looking for a magical solution to lift more weights. However it does matter unless you only squat like 300lbs, which I’m hoping you don’t but I don’t know, in fact I would say that the more you lift the more it does matter.
Anyway, I know oly shoes and chucks were mentioned but I didn’t see wrestling shoes. I have a pair of oly shoes but don’t really care for them, and nobody should ever squat in running shoes, it’s horrible, I don’t even warm up in my running shoes anymore because you can’t get any drive to the ground, you just sink in your shoes. But back on track, I love squatting and deadlifting in my wrestling shoes, I am a wide stance raw squatter and even wider with my equipped work. I can use them with a narrow stance and it works fine(but you may have to work on hip flexibility), and have never had a problem with stability. That is what I use and think my numbers in my training log are are more than adequate for me to make that recomendation, but it does all come down to personal preference.