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Weightlifting Shoes

I saw these shoes online:

http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=1301&xSec=9

I want to ask if they are worth the money to do all my lifts in or should I just stick with my Chuck Taylors?

Also, should I keep my eyes looking straight ahead when I squat instead of looking at a spot on the floor 10 feet ahead of me?

I have a pair of Adidas Oly shoes and I love them. The only thing I don’t use them for is deadlifts.

I have never heard of that brand or their quality but that price can’t be beat if they are legit.

[quote]GLB wrote:
I saw these shoes online:

http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=1301&xSec=9

I want to ask if they are worth the money to do all my lifts in or should I just stick with my Chuck Taylors?

Also, should I keep my eyes looking straight ahead when I squat instead of looking at a spot on the floor 10 feet ahead of me?[/quote]

they are a very good pair for the price. i know a few lifters who use them.
One thing to keep in mind is that their heel is taller than most other oly shoes, so you might consider doing the oly lifts in the shoes, but do some of your squatting with other shoes.

you should look straight ahead or even slightly up when you squat.

Don’t look down when you squat, your body will follow your eyes and looking down will often lead to falling forward on the squat.

I personally find a spot on the wall in front of me about ten feet high and focus on it.

I have a pair of Adidas shoes and I love them. I compete in powerlifting - not weightlifting and they have helped me a great deal especially in squatting. For me, I really like the firm heel support that I get. I use these shoes for all of my lifting. The Adidas are expensive, but they are worth it. A good pair should last for years if not a lifetime depending on what you do with them.

I have those VS athletics shoes.
well made and comfortable. nice and wide too.

good for front and overhead squats, I find the heel a bit too high for back squats though.
Also good for overhead presses for some reason.

worth the $$ as a first pair of weightlifting shoes, considering they are about a third the price of adidas

I use the WalMart Chuck Taylor knock offs or $10

I have a pair of adidas adistar weightlifting shoes and would highly recommend them for squatting in. They were very pricey but the feel of security and stabilty they give is unparralled.

I used to squat in chucks but since most of my lifting is done raw (and single ply ala IPF) I squat alot closer than the guys that are competiting in feds like the APF/IPA/WPO, thus a narrower stance is more optimal squatting and healed shoes really do help here.

Go with the shoes you’re looking at. they seem to be getting good reviews!

I always disagreed with that “look at a spot on the ground 10 feet away” advice in Starting Strength. You really need to be leading back and up with the head and driving your elbows forward to keep your upper back arched to prevent your hips shooting up and a dogfight of a GM ensuing…

[quote]GLB wrote:
I saw these shoes online:

http://www.vsathletics.com/product.php?xProd=1301&xSec=9

I want to ask if they are worth the money to do all my lifts in or should I just stick with my Chuck Taylors?

Also, should I keep my eyes looking straight ahead when I squat instead of looking at a spot on the floor 10 feet ahead of me?[/quote]

i have the Adistar weightlifting shoes which are great - i throw shot put so i do a more athletic squat. I find the wooden bit in the heels works and makes me feel stable.

Do you think they work for barbell back squats? Should I only use them for squats and what are some other shoes I should look into for cardio, squats, bench presses, military presses, deadlifts, etc.?

Don’t do cardio in them. There’s ZERO cushioning and threadmills destroy the sole on most oly shoes.

On the other hand, typical runners don’t have enough support t squat heavy in. Catch 22 if you will…

Just deadlift in your socks. Oly shoes suck for deadlifts. Other than that you can wear the heeled shoes on most anything!

Will they work for back squats? I am thinking of wearing them for all lifts except for deadlifts and go barefoot or wear Chuck Taylors for that. Cardio I am thinking of buying either Saucony or Nike Shox.

[quote]GLB wrote:
Will they work for back squats? I am thinking of wearing them for all lifts except for deadlifts and go barefoot or wear Chuck Taylors for that. Cardio I am thinking of buying either Saucony or Nike Shox.[/quote]

Yes, they will work for back squats especially if you are a narrow stance squatter. I am and I have found that they give excellent heel support for the way that I squat. For wide stance squatters I think Chuck Taylor’s would be better in my opinion.

A lot of people say not to deadlift in these shoes. I do and they work great for me. I deadlift conventional style. Again, I like the heel support and the stability that they give me. I wore wrestling shoes for years and then recently started using my weightlifting shoes and my weights have gone up.

In my opinion, you’d be better off deadlifting in weightlifting shoes rather than Chuck Taylor’s. The weightlifting shoes give heel support but are flat for half the shoe. Chuck Taylor’s are elevated the whole way which creates farther bar travel.

Olympic lifters have to bring the weight up to their hips from the ground for every lift and they do it incredibly well with weightlifting shoes. I don’t understand why it’s “no-no” for powerlifting.

To each his own.

[quote]Raw Power wrote:

Olympic lifters have to bring the weight up to their hips from the ground for every lift and they do it incredibly well with weightlifting shoes. I don’t understand why it’s “no-no” for powerlifting.

To each his own.[/quote]

Olympic lifts start with the chest/shoulders OVER the bar, and having the heel helps with it imo. The heel also helps with squatting, so it serves both purposes. A PL deadlift, the chest/shoulders are BEHIND the bar. Heeled shoes make it harder imo.

Yes, these are good shoes…they are the older model Do-Win shoes which are a great value, IMO. The heel is slightly larger than he Adidas shoes which may be better for some, but it isn’t more than 1/16 higher.

I’d take these shoes over Adidas any day…Adidas has gotten ridiculously expensive now, and they last maybe a year at best. Not exactly what I’m looking for when I decide to fork over $200!