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Lifting Shoes Under $60 ???

Any advice on lifting shoes under $60 ?

I was looking for shoes I can both lift and do cardio in.

Seems like shoes with thin soles are ideal.

Many like asics, puma, nike.

You can usually find Chuck Taylors under $60. I’m a big fan of Nike Frees, but unless you find them on sale, or on eBay, you’re likely going to pay more than $60 though. Still worth it even if you pay more though.

I’ve heard some good stuff about Chucks for squats and deads and stuff. But they don’t look like much of cardio shoes.

Walmart has plenty of shoes for under 60 bucks.

[quote]retailboy wrote:
I’ve heard some good stuff about Chucks for squats and deads and stuff. But they don’t look like much of cardio shoes.[/quote]

They’re great for lifting, but definitely not for running/sprinting/cardio.

I <3 my Nike Rejuven8s. They run about $100, but they’re comfy, portable, and I can lift and do cardio in them.

[quote]Nate Dogg wrote:
retailboy wrote:
I’ve heard some good stuff about Chucks for squats and deads and stuff. But they don’t look like much of cardio shoes.

They’re great for lifting, but definitely not for running/sprinting/cardio.

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An option could be a pair of chucks with some decent New balances or something.

You can get frees on sale, just look around. Go to big 5, or sports authority, or online.

Got mine for like under $30.

I hit up DWS warehouse, they had some decent deals but - I have a wide foot width: EEEE - so the shoes selection was a little limited to begin with. All they had were New balances that size at good price, but don’t think they are ideal for lifting.

People used to play basketball in Chuck’s all the time. Why can’t you run in them?

they had less ankle injuries back then too, because their ankle was allowed to be mobile (like it should be). I do cardio in my chuck’s often.

[quote]PozzSka wrote:
People used to play basketball in Chuck’s all the time. Why can’t you run in them?

they had less ankle injuries back then too, because their ankle was allowed to be mobile (like it should be). I do cardio in my chuck’s often.[/quote]

I’ll look into that PozzSka… this is why I love forums.

I use my Chucks for lifting, and wear Brooks for any cardio that may involve walking, jumping, or running. I have high arches and tend to get shin splints easily if I don’t have good support for cardio, but it isn’t an issue with lifting.

can’t go wrong with some Chuck Ts. I work the elliptical and the stair stepper though for cardio, meaning that if you jog on the treadmill they are a horrible choice, and they work fine all around.

can’t go wrong with some Chuck Ts. I work the elliptical and the stair stepper though for cardio, meaning that if you jog on the treadmill they are a horrible choice, and they work fine all around.

[quote]retailboy wrote:
I hit up DWS warehouse, they had some decent deals but - I have a wide foot width: EEEE - so the shoes selection was a little limited to begin with. All they had were New balances that size at good price, but don’t think they are ideal for lifting. [/quote]

Ooof, good luck dude. I’m a EEEE too, and after 2 years of scouring, New Balance is still the only company I can find that makes a wide athletic shoe. Some of their trail shoes have thinner, more flexible soles, maybe check on of those out?

[quote]atg410 wrote:
retailboy wrote:
I hit up DWS warehouse, they had some decent deals but - I have a wide foot width: EEEE - so the shoes selection was a little limited to begin with. All they had were New balances that size at good price, but don’t think they are ideal for lifting.

Ooof, good luck dude. I’m a EEEE too, and after 2 years of scouring, New Balance is still the only company I can find that makes a wide athletic shoe. Some of their trail shoes have thinner, more flexible soles, maybe check on of those out? [/quote]

Will do.

Yeah NB are great cause they are wide. Also DC’s (And other skater shoes) - but they aren’t gym shoes and not trying to look 16 anymore haha.

It’s always sucked I’ve always liked the look and design of nike, reebok, etc. But I had to get literally 16 size shoe for my 13 sized foot cause of the width(and I did once haha).

That is the problem I saw with NB is the thick soles - I’ll look more closely for thinner ones.

[quote]PozzSka wrote:
People used to play basketball in Chuck’s all the time. Why can’t you run in them?

they had less ankle injuries back then too, because their ankle was allowed to be mobile (like it should be). I do cardio in my chuck’s often.[/quote]

I wouldn’t recommend running in them unless you want problems with your knees and shins. I know from personal experience/preference.

I like to lift in my aisics wrestling shoes, but have a decent pair of new balances for any type of cardio that involves running/jumping etc. Granted I never wear em or do any form of cardio that isn’t bike,stair stepper, fast pace walking on a treadmil. lol

DG

[quote]Nate Dogg wrote:
retailboy wrote:
I’ve heard some good stuff about Chucks for squats and deads and stuff. But they don’t look like much of cardio shoes.

They’re great for lifting, but definitely not for running/sprinting/cardio.

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blasphemy! has no one seen the sandlot!!?? benny says they’re guaranteed to make you run faster!

[quote]retailboy wrote:
atg410 wrote:
retailboy wrote:
I hit up DWS warehouse, they had some decent deals but - I have a wide foot width: EEEE - so the shoes selection was a little limited to begin with. All they had were New balances that size at good price, but don’t think they are ideal for lifting.

Ooof, good luck dude. I’m a EEEE too, and after 2 years of scouring, New Balance is still the only company I can find that makes a wide athletic shoe. Some of their trail shoes have thinner, more flexible soles, maybe check on of those out?

Will do.

Yeah NB are great cause they are wide. Also DC’s (And other skater shoes) - but they aren’t gym shoes and not trying to look 16 anymore haha.

It’s always sucked I’ve always liked the look and design of nike, reebok, etc. But I had to get literally 16 size shoe for my 13 sized foot cause of the width(and I did once haha).

That is the problem I saw with NB is the thick soles - I’ll look more closely for thinner ones.[/quote]

If I can remember the specific model I’ll dig up a link for it, but they came out with a thin soled shoe built sort of like a trail running version of the nike free last year, at the time it was only available in medium width. At a NB store the other day I saw(I’m pretty sure) the same shoe in a EE. I didn’t have time to try it on, but I think I will shortly. Seems like it would be great for lifting as the sole is considerably less “squishy” than most NB’s.

I’m with you 100% on the nike, reebok etc. thing. I wore adidas sambas two sizes too big for me for years before I found my first wide soled shoe. If I had a million bucks I would start a company to manufacture wide soled legit athletic shoes; track spikes, wrestling shoes, indoor cletes, weight lifting shoes, neutral runners etc. but, you know, I don’t, hah.

barefoot…
for lifting that is