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Right Shoes for 5/3/1?


#1

Hey guys, New to the forums so please don’t eat me alive here. I was wondering what kind of shoes you guys recommend. I’m going to be starting the 5 3 1. So I don’t intend to do any Olympic lifting or getting on a platform any time soon! Just basic bench squat military press and deadlift. Thanks in advance guys!


#2

Whichever ones you want.


#3

I do deadlifts and presses in socks. I have chucks for squats, but anything that isn’t a running shoes or cross trainer will work. We have a stud in our gym who uses lace-up vans. I do keep my running shoes on for bench pressing, because I’m a fucking rebel. I don’t use them for running.


#4

Are there shoes that people prefer?


#5

Wendler NOV Springboks are the prescribed 5/3/1 shoes.

You can also get the Pump Extremes if you want to push a 95% TM

Not a serious post


#6

Bench shoes?


#7

Something solid stable comfy and a little bit sexy.

If you want to be generic wear chucks which are decently cheap.

There’s also cheapish options (vs the $200+ oly shoes) running around $100 e.g. from Sabo, Adidas, Reebok etc.

Heel raise/not is personal preference but probably should start with no heel. Maybe when you’re more advanced. I was able to try out a couple of different heeled lifting shoes between all my buddies and liked it. Took the plunge and damage to my bank account and never looked back.


#8

Haha They do make shoes with ridiculous high heels for feds that require heels on the floor.


#9

Lol thanks for the response big Jeff. If I wanted to do a little cardio afterwards do you suggest bringing a second pair of shoes?


#10

I wear chucks for most of my lifts, but also use a pair of adidas adipowers for high bar and front squats, and cleans, and then change into running shoes for cardio. If you want one pair of shoes then just get a pair of chucks. They have a low, flat sole so they provide a stable platform for lifts. And they’re cheap. Just don’t deadlift in a heel and you should be fine.


#11

The only rule of thumb is make sure if you have a brown belt, wear brown shoes. Black belt, black shoes.


#12

“I go to the gym to look good and I look good going to the gym,” Dom Mazetti, the Brofessor, PhD in Broscience.


#13

I either wear Olympic lifting shoes or wrestling shoes.

Squats - Olympic lifting shoes
Deadlifts and Presses - wrestling shoes
Bench - Usually my Oly shoes so that I have a solid base when I drive my heels into the floor


#14

Same as las post, but sambas now not wrestling shoes. Which I have used and liked.


#15

I tried using Olympic shoes for squatting but I ended up with ferocious knee pain. I need a flat soled shoe for squatting. But I will use Olympic shoes for benching once I am 3-5 weeks out from a meet and my intensity ramps up.

Bench and Deadlift: Sabo Goodlifts. Really good shoes if you want a flat soled all purpose powerlifting shoe.

Bench: Olympic lifting shoes. Get really good heel drive.

Press: Whatever I feel like. Shoes make very little difference on this lift for me.

Before I bought dedicated powerlifting shoes I lifted in Reebok Crossfit Nano’s (and still sometimes do if I forget to change shoes after jumps and throws). They are minimal but sturdy and work well, but I found my feet tended to shift a bit when wearing them. When the intensity ramps up I feel like I needed something significantly more secure and decided to purchase dedicated lifting shoes.


#16

+1 for wrestling shoes, for deadlifts and power cleans.


#17

Vans are my favourite but I’ve got some Reebok JJ ones that are (surprisingly) very awesome if I’m doing conditioning right after the weights