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.