I’m a beginner and started in high top Chucks. I like the shoes a lot, but for me there were some deal breakers after lifting in them for 3+ months.
First, I simply could not get a tight secure fit. Specifically, when squatting and attempting to crank my feet into position, and push my knees out, my feet would slip in the shoe especially in the heel area.
Second, I have flat feet and there is zero arch support. For me, no arch support translates to immediate back pain. Not just lifting, but walking around barefoot, running in non fitted shoes, wearing plain flip flops etc. Could just be unique to me, but it’s an issue Chucks don’t address.
Last, I wish I would have gotten the low tops. I assumed the high tops would provide more ankle support, but they don’t. Also, when trying to get the shoes tight due to the slippage, the shoes gave me a rug burn on my shins where I laced them up.
After a few months I picked up a pair of Addias Addipowers, which you can find for not much more than the Powerlifts if you look around. Immediate improvement across the board. Super secure fit, I feel completely anchored to the floor, foot is fully supported etc, and I no longer have back pain, which is a huge plus for me.
Also, I feel much tighter in all my lifts, and I believe they helped me achieve better form. Squat depth is consistent, overhead press is much more stable, bench is secure with no slipping and more glute engagement. This goes against conventional wisdom, and advice from many respected experienced lifters on these forums, but I also prefer them when deadlifting and rowing. I feel my heel much better and it provides me with an instant cue to drive through the ground. Maybe at heavier weights it could be an issue as the ROM is a fraction of an inch longer, one could be pulled forward if not tight, but as of yet I’ve experienced no downside yet.
Remember, I’m a beginner so take what I say with a grain of salt. This is just my current perspective, and I’m sure like most things in life, my perspective will change as I gain more knowledge and experience.
Hope this helps.