If your work out regime has a lot of weight training, you will want to make sure you don’t wear any old shoes, as many gym shoes have a lot of cushioning, and you need to create a stable base when lifting weights. Opting for shoes with a hard, dense sole will ensure that you keep your balance and use less energy when lifting. The pros of investing in the right pair of shoes will help you feel the weight better through your heels, you’ll develop a better technique, and most of all they will prevent injury to your feet.
A surprising choice, seeing as Converses are usually associated with basketball or trendy teens, but according to T Nation Converses have the perfect hard flat sole for squat lifting, and their stability means that your foot won’t roll around. Loads of high street retailers sell Converses so head to somewhere like Debenhams to get your hands on a pair of these trainers. These shoes are best suited to low-bar squats, and they also give you some good ankle mobility. Brands such as adidas and Nike also offer trainers that are suited to weightlifting, however Converses seem to be the shoe of choice for many weightlifters because of their durability, cheapness and good solid sole.
Keep it minimal
There’s a craze to go barefoot at the moment, meaning runners, joggers and other sports fan ditch the trainers and go au naturel when training. Some weightlifters do prefer ditching the shoes, but if you don’t like the idea of a huge weight crashing down on your unprotected feet, you could consider a pair of minimalist shoes such as Vibrams. They’re the shoes that look like gloves for your feet, and they provide all the benefit of going barefoot, but with extra grip on the bottom so your feet are keeping in a more natural position. This style of shoe is good if you’re doing a lot of deadlifting.
Olympic weightlifting shoes are available for non-Olympians to buy, however they can be expensive and are generally only useful if you’re doing complex weightlifting techniques. The heels of the shoe have wood or hard plastic stacked into them which make them more stable when lifting the really heavy weights. These shoes are generally heavier, which can make weightlifting even more cumbersome for you, so unless you’re a die-hard weight lifter it may be better opting for a slightly cheaper trainer.