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Squat Shoes?


#1

So I was thinking of going out and getting a legit pair of squat shoes and was thinking about the adidas adistars. I know they're weightlifting shoes, I'm just curious how well they'd transition over to powerlifting for squatting?


#2

If you squat with a narrow stance, the heel will help you hit depth. For any stance wider than about shoulder width, I wouldnt change my Chuck taylors


#3

I used to squat in oly shoes and recently switched to a pair of low cut chukka boots that I squatted in one day and liked. They are pretty much like dress shoes, but more sturdily boot, with maybe a 1/4" heel rise. Not sure what my oly shoes are, but it is significantly larger. They are the older DoWin Rogues.

My stance is medium, about shoulder width, and I think the extra heel on the oly shoes slacks my hamstrings a bit. Whenever I squat in the oly shoes now, I have a harder time arching my low back hard, my chest tends to cave, and I get bent over a bit too much. I'm thinking this is due to having less of an anchor in my hamstrings.


#4

I was thinking about getting a pair as well, I prefer a arch in my shoes as I have a narrow stance. How about this pair, not a bad price either:

http://www.roguefitness.com/adidas-weightlifting-shoes.php

Also, would you see a problem doing jump/plyo movements in these shoes? As I usually do some sort of jumping movements before I hit the weights.


#5

I know a few guys that use Risto weightlifting shoes and love them. Plus they look pretty badass. If you are going to dish out the money anyway, why not just go with a pair of Inzer's or Metal's.

I have honestly yet to find anything better than a pair of 20 dollar skateboarding shoes I got about 10 years ago. Chucks are ok too.

I wouldn't use them for jumps and plyos. The raised heel might take away from some of the reactive forces from taking off and landing.


#6

Hmm.... you and me both. If I do rock bottom oly squats though, I need at least a little heel and have to flare my feet quite a bit. But that's just assistance for me. I do find that the more flexible I get, the less heel I want/need and the less I have to flare my feet. I now squat with a medium stance and low bar for my power squat.


#7

As soon as you try weightlifting shoes on, you'll realise that doing jumps/plyos in them is probably not a good idea. They aren't "athletic" shoes and have really stiff soles (the sole on mine is a chunk of wood).

One good thing to try is squatting with your heels raised on a couple of plates (maybe 5lb plates) to see how you like the feel. This isn't all that safe, so I wouldn't make a habit out of it but can be worth it to get an idea for how it is before you shell out the money.


#8

I bought a pair of Ristos at the Arnold this year and love them, but I think the heel lift may be a bit excessive. I think mine are at least 1.25 inches of raised heel, and I could probably get away with half that.

Agree on jumping, especially when you are first getting used to them. They aren't the shoe for that.


#9

The adidas "power lift" shoes sold by rogue have compressible heels, noticeably so around 400+ lb according to a comment left here:

http://wlshoes.com/review/adidas-power-lift-trainers/

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