Why You Need Weightlifting Shoes

Special shoes manufactured for weightlifting sports can generally be seen to be worn during contests and training centers across the world. Lots of lifters as the question, “Is it actually worth getting weightlifting shoes?”

As an athlete and coach, 100% of the time I would tell someone seeking to become more proficient and competent in Olympic weightlifting to get a good pair of lifting shoes. As a faculty strength trainer and student of human physiology, my response might not be quite as definite. Therefore, I am frequently inform my students of the advantages and disadvantages of using weightlifting shoes.

People often ask me “do weightlifting shoes help with squats?”. Usually lifting shoes will have been manufactured to improve the performance in weightlifting or Olympic powerlifting (the snatch plus clean & jerk). Weightlifting shoes possess raised heels, which allow for a greater range of movement, They also improve the upper torso position and angles of shins, along with motion that is unique to a lifter’s movement.

Good quality, weightlifting shoes are usually manufactured from sturdy leather or another tough material. Women can obtain shoes that are designed for narrower feet. It can often be difficult to decide which Olympic weightlifting shoes are best for ladies. But they have the same concept as those for makes. They usually also have a non-absorbent material in the vicinity of the foot and sole of the shoes. This is to lessen foot motion and boost overall sturdiness and grip on the ground during high pressure and or higher power motions.  There are actually many weightlifting shoe advantages that people do not realize.




Most standard shoes will feature padding, with lavish foam soles and a thicker shoe structure. This is a big difference when compared to weightlifting shoes. While  cushioned footwear can be useful for many tasks, explosive and heavy lifting (squats, snatches, cleans & deadlifts) ought to be performed with sturdy shoes which don’t allow for excess motion of somebody’s foot inside a shoe i.e minimal cushioning.

Weightlifting shoes have been created specially to have inflexible, stiff heels (frequently made from solid wood or tough non-compressible plastic) that don’t allow for force absorption. So no force is lost in the sole of this shoe when a lifter pushes into the ground. The extra mass in many weightlifting shoe types helps radically increase general sturdiness and grip. My brand new shoes allow me to feel so planted, almost like I’m wearing shoes made from cement.

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Stability Laterally

Weightlifting shoes frequently are made with a couple of  straps to keep the foot in its correct place during lifts, so there is quite minimal lateral motion. When squatting explosively with the toes outwards during power and strength lifts, we need the foot to keep in place inside the shoe, not permitting it to slip.

Most non-weightlifting shoes lack the required lateral aid which may impede maximum strength and power operation, or worse, cause harm because of excessive lateral foot motion inside the shoe.

Correct Lift Position

Though a lot of people aren’t aggressive weightlifters; squats, pulls, snatches, and cleans (or their variants) are foundation power and strength movements in many sports.

Coaches, athletes, strength and conditioning instructors, strongmen and powerlifters can perform lifts which need the appropriate placement to target specific muscle groups (bodybuilders doing large bar squats to complete depth in order to enhance the strain on the quads) and/or improve performance. Weightlifting shoes have the ability to help an athlete obtain an improved posture and motion for the majority of their power and strength lifts.

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We will be adding more to our site as we progress. We are proud to announce the Cayman Island National Powerlifting Championships will be held in October of this year. Start training now and look for info on this monumental event very soon!