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Your Footwear for Squats/Deads?


#1

As of right now I go barefoot for both while training and wear wrestling shoes while competing. I was just wondering what opinions are out there about other footwear


#2

I understand a lot of people use the Vibram Five Fingers. I myself use a poor mans version. It is a "water sock" or "pool sock" from a company called Body Glove. They cost around $10 at Academy sporting goods in the flip flop section. The sole is very thin and the upper is very stretchy which is good if you have wide feet like I do.


#3

I've got an old pair of puma's that have a real flat/thin sole


#4

Tough to go wrong with a pair of high top Chuck's for both (laced up for the squat, don't lace the top 1-2 holes for deadlift). Looking at Olympic shoes/PL boots for squats, though. From what I hear, not good for medium to wide stance squatters though, so that might be out depending on your stance (unless somebody who squats wide with Oly shoes cares to weigh in).


#5

Risto "White Thunder II" for squats and Samba's for deadlifts.


#6

I wear these moccasin slipper things that I got on sale a while ago. the sole is just a thin peice of material, but it's very grippy on the bottom, kind of like hospital socks.

people tend to look at me a little wierd when I enter the gym in my slipper, but then look different when they see a lean dude pulling 450 for reps on deads.

I hate to see people trying to squat low-bar in Asics or whatever running shoe, but hey, at least they're squatting, which is better than most of the people in the gym...


#7

converse high tops --- for coolness


#8

Chuck Taylor, classic.


#9

I've worn wrestling shoes before for the deadlift, was wearing chucks for the longest and I still wear them for the squat but I just started going DL socks for pulling conventional because I don't need much traction. In the sumo I'm pushing outwards and I don't want to do the splits.


#10

Chuck's


#11

I wear Chuck's because shoes are required in the weight room and I like their look so I can wear them all the time. Course, I also deadlift in cargo shorts so comfort is kinda a big thing for me.

k, I'm just lazy.


#12

Oly shoes FTMFW on squat. Even Wendler recommended them recently. I like Wrestling shoes for DL though.


#13

Vibrams or barefoot. But Im am contemplating purchasing some Chucks just for the hell of it to try.


#14


BadAss


#15

high top chucks for squats and vibrams for deads


#16

I deadlift barefoot and squat in an old pair of Timberlands. The Timberlands have almost no give so my feet never move around and they stay in the same place. And I like the raised heel, they're just comfortable.

Luke


#17

BAREFOOT!!!!!!!!!!!


#18

I hate vibrams. Maybe they have some amazing grip/use/whatever, but at my university gym theres always 3-5 douchebags wearing them doing curls talking about how AMAZING the shoes are. Maybe these dicks just ruined them for me, but I can't take them seriously.


#19

I agree about the vibrams. I was reading an article by Dan John where he talked about how awesome the vibrams were which made me think about buying them, but every time I step into the gym, there's a bunch of idiots wearing them who don't squat, deadlift, or run and I tell myself I will never buy them.


#20

Thats exactly why I dont like wearing them now. I feel like a douchebag when I do. The only time I give it a thought is during squats or deads. Upper body training, I use some underarmour shoes I was given.