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6 of the best weightlifting shoes you’ll want to have right now

Feb 25, 2016
PictureNamePriceNumber of reviews% of 5 star reviewsOur Rating
adidas Performance Adipower Weightlifting Trainer Shoe Adidas Performance Adipower Weightlifting Trainer Shoe$$$Over 450Aprox: 80%4.7 / 5
best shoes for crossfitAdidas Performance Powerlift.2 Trainer Shoe$$$Over 590Aprox: 72%4.6 / 5
Inov-8 Men's FastLift 335 Cross-Training ShoeInov-8 FastLift 335 Cross-Training Shoe$$$Over 360Aprox: 69%4.5 / 5
Reebok Men's R Crossfit Nano 5 Training ShoeReebok R Crossfit Nano 5 Training Shoe$$Over 280Aprox: 69%4.5 / 5
Inov-8 F-lite 195 Cross-Training ShoeInov-8 F-lite 195 Cross-Training Shoe$$Over 180Aprox: 70%4.4 / 5
2013 Pendlay Do-Win Crossfit Weightlifting ShoesPendlay Do-Win Crossfit Weightlifting Shoes$$Over 120Aprox: 71%4.4 / 5

The best weightlifting shoes
If you’re looking for the best weightlifting shoes then I know exactly what you’re thinking.

You’ve probably been thinking that since you’ve been hitting the gym pretty regularly

And

Since your current shoes seem to be wearing out or they just aren’t cutting it anymore you should probably get some new shoes specifically for weight lifting.

Right?

I know that because I was in the exact same situation before.

I wanted better shoes so I could have better workouts…. Which means better gainz.

GAINZ!

See how I broke that down, simple math :p

So today I’m going to give you a simple guide that you can easily run through to know exactly what the best weight lifting shoes are to buy and more importantly…

Which weight lifting shoes are the best FOR YOU so you can have better workouts.

Let’s get started with a quick statistics video of the top shoes on the market:

A Video Breakdown of The Best Weightlifting Shoes on The Market

Here’s a super quick video showing the best and worst features of the best weightlifting shoes on the market.

As you saw from the video above there was some pretty unique information about the top weight lifting shoes out there.

 

So now that you were able to get a quick glimpse from the video and table above on the best weightlifting shoes on the market. Let’s do some individual breakdowns of each shoe so you can get specific information on the shoe you’re interested in.

If you’re looking for another video for some more options of the top weight training shoes check out this video and guide from muscle and fitness for another great video breakdown

Individual Breakdowns For The Best Weightlifting Shoes to Buy

Listed below are in-depth reviews of each individual shoe listed in the video and table above.

Each review below consists of showing you the most positive AND negative features to the shoe so you can really compare the differences and find the best weightlifting shoe that’s right for you.

Let’s start with #1

1.) Adidas Performance Adipower Weightlifting Trainer Shoe

 Adidas Performance Adipower Weightlifting Trainer Shoe

The best weightlifting shoes #1 and #2 are very similar shoes, just different versions.

They’re the top 2 best weightlifting shoes you could buy on the market today.

In my honest opinion if you’re going to buy a shoe for weight lifting then it should be #1 or #2.

However, this shoe receives the #1 spot for a very interesting reason.

Although it has a little less reviews than it’s brother in the #2 spot. It actually has an overall higher review rating.

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This shoe has roughly an 80% 5 star review rating where it’s brother in the #2 spots has roughly a 70% 5 star review rating.

Not a huge difference but enough to earn itself the #1 position in my books.

Let’s take a look at some of the top positive AND negative features to this weight lifting shoe

POSITIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • YOU FEEL COMPLETELY PLANTED TO THE GROUND:

Customers continuously report that these shoes “feel like your stuck to the ground” which is great for a lot of the compound exercises like squats and deadlifts when you need your feet as stable as possible.

  • PROVIDES BETTER FORM FOR SQUATS:

Another major benefit to these shoes is that the design is built to provide the most optimal form for squatting. The biggest injury from squats is because of bad form. With these shoes your form is practically taken care of.

  • THEY BREAK IN NICELY:

Although these shoes will look and feel very “snug” when you first get them everyone talks about how fast and easy they break in which is a nice perk for comfortability.

  • VERY LIGHT WEIGHT:

Something nice about these shoes is that although they look extremely heavy duty they aren’t actually that heavy at all. It’s a nice feeling when you have shoes that are durable but don’t feel like you’re walking around with 5 lbs of weight in them

  • ONE OF THE BEST WEIGHTLIFTING SHOES FOR SQUATS AND DEADLIFTS:

One last major perk to the design of these shoes is that they are really designed for the major compound exercises. The entire build of these shoes is focused on giving you the best performance while doing the compound exercises and tons of customers have agreed that they work amazingly for exercises like squats and deadlifts.

NEGATIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • THEY ARE NARROW:

Every customer of this shoe can confirm that this shoe is narrow. But this is only an issue if you have wider feet. If you’re a person who typically needs wider shoes then it’s probably best to check out #3 0r #6 on this list

  • IT’S NOT A SHOE YOU CAN CASUALLY WEAR AROUND:

The design of this shoe is specifically focused for lifting. The raised heel makes walking around a little bit weird when you’re not lifting so it’s not a shoe that you will be wearing when you’re not lifting…

Unless walking around in heels is something you’re into….. Hey I’m not judging you, do whatever makes you happy :p

  • THE “TOE BOX” IS A TIGHT FIT:

This kind of plays on the fact that the overall shoe is a little bit more of a narrow shoe but the space that your toes occupy (“the toe box”) is also pretty compact so it will take a little breaking in or getting used to if your feet are a little wider

2.) Adidas Performance Powerlift.2 Trainer Shoe

Adidas Performance Powerlift.2 Trainer Shoe

best shoes for crossfitThis is the infamous twin to the weight lifting shoe above in the #1 spot.

One of the biggest things to mention about this weight lifting shoe is that it’s one of the shoes with THE MOST reviews on the market.

And not only does it have one of the highest review counts. They’re also almost all positive.

Coming in at roughly a 70% positive review rating this shoe is one of the better ranking shoes you could buy for weightlifting.

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Personally my heart is sold on #1 but if those were sold out I definitely wouldn’t be heart broken by having to buy a pair of these bad boys.

Hey it’s kind of like my last relationship. When I’m not available my girlfriend runs off with……

ANYWAYS

Only joking around :p

Let’s check out the positives and negatives to these shoes.

POSITIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHTLIFTING SHOES:

  • AMAZINGLY COMFORTABLE:

Tons of customers describe these shoes as being so comfortable to wear and even helping them with pain that they were having from wearing other shoes. Although you will only be wearing these in the gym while lifting, If absolutely need comfortable shoes when lifting then these are the ticket.

  • NOT AS NARROW AS #1:

These shoes and the shoes in the #1 spot are very similar, they are just different versions. But even though they are similar they still do have a lot of differences. One of the major differences is that these shoes can fit people with a little wider feet while the shoes in the #1 spot are pretty narrow fitting shoes.

  • THEY FIT PERFECTLY:

If you measure your foot correctly then these shoes fit to the ” T “. To measure correctly, measure your foot using a ruler with your heel against the wall. whatever number you come up with compare it with this foot measuring chart at Zappos.com and you’ll be in pretty good shape for ordering the correct size.

  • THE HEEL IS A PERFECT HEIGHT FOR COMFORT:

Several customers have complained about other weight lifting shoes have too high of a heel and actually causing pain in their knees and other joints. But with these shoes tons of customer continually say that the heel is a perfect height at 0.60 inches high and they don’t feel any pain when lifting with these.

NEGATIVES ABOUT THE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • STILL “A LITTLE” NARROW OF A FIT:

Although these shoes are not as narrow as the shoes in the #1 spot and the fit a little better for people with wider feet, they still are a little bit narrow. So if you have extremely wide feet or have issues with shoes being too narrow then these shoes are probably still to narrow for you and you should default to using the shoes in the #3 or #6 spot

  • SIZING CAN BE OFF IF YOU DON’T MEASURE CORRECTLY:

This kind of plays in part with one of the positives to this weight lifting shoe. These shoe do fit perfectly….Only IF YOU MEASURE CORRECTLY. If you don’t measure correctly or you try to gauge what shoe size you need then you might find that the sizing is off. Check above in the positives about this shoe to see how to measure your size correctly.

  • THE “TOE BOX” IS A TIGHT FIT:

Similar to the shoe in the #1 spot, since the overall shoe is a little bit more of a narrow shoe the space that your toes occupy (“the toe box”) can feel a little compact so it will take a little breaking in or getting used to if your feet are a little wider

3.) Inov-8 FastLift 335 Cross-Training Shoe

 Inov-8  FastLift 335 Cross-Training Shoe

Inov-8 Men's FastLift 335 Cross-Training ShoeThis shoe earns the #3 spot for a specific reason.

This is specifically one of the best weightlifting shoes for squats and deadlifts for people with wider feet.

You can really feel the difference with these when your driving the weight upwards.

Several people have claimed that when they use these shoes they feel cemented to the ground when doing lifts and are able to perform better because of it.

They allow your heels to stay planted on the ground, but put your soles where they should be and provide max support for those compound lifts.

Also if you’re looking for weight lifting shoe specifically for squats and deadlifts definitely check out this article from stronglifts.com

Let’s check out some of the positives and negatives to these shoes

check-price POSITIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • A GREAT OPTION FOR PEOPLE WITH WIDE FEET:

If you’re a person who has to deal with finding shoes that will wider feet then you were probably a little uninterested in the first 2 options on this list. However customers have said that this is a great option for people with wider feet. And with all the positive reviews it’s a quality choice to purchase.

  • THEY’RE PRETTY LIGHT WEIGHT:

These shoes actually give off the look that they are very light and it’s a good thing because they actually are very light weight. It’s a nice comfortable feel when you’re walking around in light weight shoes.

  • THEY HAVE A WIDER “TOE BOX”:

This is another huge benefit to anybody who has wider feet or deals with their toes always being scrunched up. The toe box on these shoes is a lot wider compared to the first 2 choices above so your toes have plenty of room and don’t feel pinched at all.

  • ALLOWS YOU TO SQUAT DEEPER:

A lot of customers report that when they squat with these weight lifting shoes it allows them to squat a lot deeper compared to other weight lifting shoes or even regular gym shoes.

  • ABOUT 2/3 THE PRICE COMPARED TO ABOVE CHOICES:

You may have noticed by checking out some of the weight lifting shoes that price is definitely on the more expensive side for these types of shoes. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to “make it rain” just to purchase a pair of shoes then these weight lifting shoes are probably a better purchase since they are about 2/3 the price of what the first 2 options on the list are.

NEGATIVES ABOUT THIS WEIGHT LIFTING BELT:

  • THE QUALITY CAN BE HIT OR MISS:

A lot of customers love these shoes but there are also a handful of customers who report the shoe falls apart relatively fast. Most complaints are about the velcro strap falling apart. Could be that they just received a “bad egg” but it’s something to think about.

  • NOT GOOD FOR A LOT OF RUNNING:

Although these are a decent match for weightlifting and crossfit, they aren’t a great option for heavy doses of running or even for everyday use. They’re great for your lifting or crossfit sessions and that’s about it.

  • RUNS A LITTLE SMALL ON SIZE:

A lot of customers having sizing complaints when it comes to these shoes and say that the shoe is a bit smaller than what they normally fit. If you measure your feet correctly this may solve that issue but you may also want to buy a 1/2 size bigger just to be safe.

4.) Reebok R Crossfit Nan0 5 Training Shoe

Reebok  R Crossfit Nano 5 Training Shoe

The best weight lifting shoes for squats and deadliftsThis is another weight lifting / cross fit shoe that also has great reviews but it also has a really great benefit.

It’s not only a great weight lifting shoe, but it’s also the best option for crossfit.

So if you do a bit of crossfit as well as weightlifting then this shoe is a great versatile match to meet your goals with both.

 

I personally like the black and blue color that I have above but they literally have about 20 colors to choose from so definitely take your pick.

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POSITIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • THEY ARE A GREAT “ALL AROUND” FITNESS SHOE:

One of the major downsides to me for the options already listed above is that those shoes are primarily designed for only weight lifting and not really anything else. With these shoes they’re pretty versatile. Not only can you use them for weight lifting but they’re also a great choice for crossfit and just normal fitness exercises in general.

  • THEY HAVE A WIDE “TOE BOX”:

Making sure you have enough room for your toes continues to be one of the major fitting issues with most shoes. So if you’re a person who has to worry about whether their toes will be scrunched or not then you won’t have to worry with these shoes because there’s plenty of room in the toe box with these shoes.

  • EXTREMELY LIGHT WEIGHT AND DURABLE:

A lot of customers have continued to say that these shoes feel weightless when wearing them but also extremely durable which is great because it’s hard to find a light weight shoe that is also very strong as well. This shoe offers both benefits very nicely.

NEGATIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • RUBBING ISSUES:

Some customers complain that they get constant rubbing on their ankles from these shoes. Definitely depends on the person but if you have ever had issues with your shoes rubbing your ankles then these may be a shoe to keep off your list of potential options

  • CONSTANT SIZING ISSUES:

For these shoes it seems to be a mixed issue. A lot of customers complain that the sizes are too small and the others complain that the sizes are to big. Make it really difficult when trying to measure your size. If it were me I would go with a half size larger.

  • SEEMS A LITTLE OVER PRICED FOR THE QUALITY:

Although these are a great shoe, they still don’t seem to be able to justify the price tag that comes along with them. A lot of customers complain that they don’t feel the quality is up to par with how expensive the shoe cost overall.

 

5.) Inov-8 F-lite 195 Cross-Training Shoe

Inov-8 F-lite 195 Cross-Training Shoe

Inov-8 F-lite 195 Cross-Training ShoeA great perk to this shoe is that it’s not only a solid choice for weightlifting but it’s also just as good and if not better to be used as a running shoe.

Me personally I don’t do cardio…. Hate it and I’m not much of a runner.

But, if you are a runner or you like to mix in some running into your weight lifting routines. then these are a great choice for that.

And since they are a great option for weightlifting and cardio that means they do very well at being one of the best shoes for crossfit as well.

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  • THEY’RE A GREAT OPTION FOR “ALL AROUND” SHOES:

As a general workout shoe these are great. Fairly flat sole, locked in foot, low to the ground for stability, good cushioning. As you can run in them, moving from treadmill to free weights is no problem

  • VERY COMFORTABLE:

Very light and comfortable. you’re able to wear them all day without issues. Great for lifting, good for running. Your feet stay stable, even with weight overhead or in the bottom of the squat. Also a comfortable choice for crossfit or other activities.

  • YOU CAN RUN A LOT IN THEM:

This plays off of the first point of being an all around shoe but because these shoes don’t have the typical lifted heel like most standard weight lifting shoes you’re able to run in these which is a great benefit for anyone who likes to mx in the treadmill with their weight lifting routines.

….. Although you’ll never see me on the treadmill or anywhere near running shoes sooooo *cough*

NEGATIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

  • THEY’RE ONLY “OK” AS WEIGHT LIFTING SHOES:

I think the biggest upside to these is also their biggest downside. If you’re looking for an all around shoe that you can do weight lifting AND everything else then these are a good shoe. But if you’re looking for the best weightlifting shoe designed SPECIFICALLY for weightlifting to improve your performance then this doesn’t really provide where you need it.

  • LACKS A LITTLE BIT OF FLEXIBILITY AND SUPPORT:

Since this isn’t ONLY a weight lifting shoe, it doesn’t have the added flexibility and support that comes with a shoes that’s only designed for weight lifting which can be a big downside if you’re lifting extremely heavy.

Side Note *

If you like this style of workout shoe and don’t want shoes specifically for weight lifting only then Bodybuilding.com has a nice guide for the best minimalist shoes which is a good read

6.) Pendlay Do-Win Crossfit Weightlifting Shoes

Pendlay Do-Win Crossfit Weightlifting Shoes

2013 Pendlay Do-Win Crossfit Weightlifting ShoesOne of the bigger benefits to these weight lifting shoes is that they are “wider”

They’re not such a great shoe for people with narrow and arched feet but if you’re the opposite then this may be the perfect weight lifting shoe for you

So if you’re one of those cavemen with huge wide flat feet… then these might be a perfect fit for you.

Some users have also stated that these are a great alternative to the #1’s on this list – The adipower’s

They’re also about 2/3 the price of the adipower’s

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  • GREAT FOR WIDER FEET:

This is one of the other best options for people who naturally have wide feet. If you struggle trying to find a great weight lifting shoe for wider feet and you didn’t like the option in #2 then this will be the next best option

  • A GREAT SUBSTITUTE TO THE TOP 2 CHOICES:

I Would personally suggest purchasing either #1 or #2 front this list, but If you like the top 2 choices to this guide but you don’t fit narrow shoes or the price is a little too high for you then this is a great substitute as the quality is still high and it’s a similar shoe but made for wider feet and is cheaper.

  • CONSTRUCTED OF LEATHER:

This is one of the only shoes that is actually made of thin and supple leather to add to the durable quality of the shoes.

NEGATIVES ABOUT THESE WEIGHTLIFTING SHOES

  • IT HAS A LOWER AMOUNT OF REVIEWS:

Out of all the options in this list this is the option with the least amount of reviews. Although it has a lower number of reviews it doesn’t lack in quality but if you prefer to buy a product that has the social proof of a high review count then you may not like this choice

  • IT’S NOT A SHOE YOU CAN CASUALLY WEAR AROUND:

The design of this shoe is specifically focused for lifting. The raised heel makes walking around a little bit weird when you’re not lifting so it’s not a shoe that you will be wearing when you’re not lifting

  • TYPICALLY IS 1/2 SIZE SMALLER:

For these weight lifting shoes they actually suggest that you choose a size that fits 1/2 size down from your normal running / training shoe size.

Conclusion for The Best Weightlifting Shoes

So there you have it.

A complete breakdown of the best weight lifting shoes to buy.

For me I’m personally sold on #1 and #2 however if you have wider feet then I would fall back to #3 or #6.

They’re all great shoes which is why they make the list but of course they’re listed in order for the best quality.

If you own a pair of one of these shoes above or you end up buying one, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of them.

But that’s it for the breakdown of the best weightlifting shoes, Make sure to sign up to the VIP list by clicking on the picture to the right to get some great discount codes.

Until then talk to you soon,

– Alan