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Squat Shoes- Low or High Top?

I am getting ready to buy the Converse all star shoes recommended by many on this site for squatting. I like low tops better than high tops but want to know if there is a distinct advantage with the high top? What do T-Nation members prefer?

I have both, I like high-tops better. I feel a bit more secure in them.

I bought high-tops but regretted it, as it limited my ankle flexibility on the squat. I have them tied at a lower lace and it helps, but still…

If your squatting wide go with the hi-tops. If not then you should probably not even bother with chucks, just grab some shoes with a heel lift (i.e. Olympic shoes).

Thanks. I guess anything is better than my current cross trainers.

Hitops have the option of rolling down the top if you want. They’re more versatile and don’t look as douchey/hipster feminine/seasme street. Go with black on black.

lol.

how much are you currently squatting?

My current max is 350. Using 531 to hopefully get to 400 by end of next year. I won’t blow anyone on this site away but this is pretty good for me. I am getting the chucks and hoep they may give a little extra boost.