[quote]old guy wrote:
I use a pair of Red Wing steel toe work shoes. They are comfortable with good support. How important are shoes
to someone like me that doesn’t move a lot of weight but wants to stay injury free?[/quote]
Running shoes or any shock-absorbing shoes suitable for the aerobics class are potentially unsafe in the gym…compression of any part of the sole during…deadlifts, standing presses and other standing exercises can cause general instability and consequent injury. Moreover, inappropriate height of the heel can shift the center of gravity of the body forward, therby increasing the stress on the knee joint and altering the optimal patterns of movement…these are major reasons why powerlifters often wear thin, heel-less shoes much like ballet pumps."
Also, the forcefulness of a muscular contraction is determined by the sum of the mental effort and various reflexes…this reflex causes the leg musculature to contract in response to the pressure on the sole of your foot - and shoes diminish the sensitivity of these receptors of the foot.
In a nutshell thick soled shoes with heels are not the best for performing lifts done in the standing position and are potentially unsafe.
In lieu of purchasing special powerlifting shoes from a specialty supplier, shoes like Chuck Taylors Converse with flat, non-giving soles helps your peformance and safety.