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Choosing the right weightlifting shoes for you

In weightlifting, training techniques from compound exercises to isolation exercises often heavily depend on your footwear. To maximise your concentric phase and support yourself during the eccentric phase be sure to have the most reliable, stable footwear to fully support your end goal. Check out the combination of features adidas have to offer and find the best weightlifting footwear fit for you.

adidas Weightlifting footwear components

When you’re engaging in power pulls and dips you’ll be looking for a strong midsole to allow for the perfect foothold. Think about a weightlifting-engineered chassis featuring lightweight injected polymer that adds structural strength to your footwear. The rearfoot cradle feature will ensure superior lockdown stability while the adidas micro-adjusting Boa® Closure System protects the foot with a consistent hold. For high-wear durability, look to the adiWEAR™ outsole for long-lasting use in the gym.

Most weightlifting styles feature an extra wide fit, which helps the foot spread and enhances stability, for a more balanced start position. As a close, smooth fit is of the essence; almost all footwear comes with sock-like lining while Flex Grooves at the forefront of the shoe allow for natural movement. Anti-slip rubber material features in full-length outsoles for consistent ground contact, we refer to this as an Anatomically Shaped Outsole, and it works for those that need lightweight grip and support. Vent Flow openings in the outsole ensure a comfortable foot climate while the essential instep strap ensures a locked down fit – every time.

Men Weightlifting Shoes Frequently Asked Questions

It’s generally advised not to perform deadlifts in weightlifting shoes that are intended for squats, as the raised heel will increase the range of motion and the load on your quads. Specialist deadlifting shoes are available.
You should not run in weightlifting shoes, because they don’t have the necessary cushioning or grip, and will also wear out quickly.
A raised heel provides a deeper squatting position, improves ankle mobility, and helps your torso remain more upright during lifts.