A lot of people in the paleo community are going to say vibrams (which i have) but i feel like these might be sub optimal for a lot of lifts and exercises.
What are your thoughts on vibrams and what are your preferred lifting shoes?
If I had to tell someone to pick one shoe to work out in for everything I would go with Converse. Pretty universal shoe for lifting, running, everything.
Now, when people lift I tell them to go barefoot if they are coming close to any kind of heavy lift (back squat, Deadlift etc) If they do not have converse, vibrams or lifting shoes.
I don't recommend people to go barefoot with any kind of Olympic lifting, I've done it. It is slightly uncomfortable. Vibrams work, and converse do as well, but you can't just can't beat oly shoes for Olympic lifting.
I guess it really depends on your goals, I've set my personal records in almost all my lifts up to the last 2 months without lifting shoes.
BackSquat 405 with shoes did 405 a lot easier
Front Squat 305, with shoes did 315
Jerk 205, with shoes 235
I'm going to a powerlifting competition tomorrow, so we will see if the Deadlift and Backsquat PR's will change with shoes and a belt. Kind of on the fence about trying the DL in shoes, but well will see how it feels.
Now did the shoes really make a difference? It made me feel much more stable under load with lifting shoes and my squat is much more stable (noticed the most difference under heavy front and back squats)
So if you want to lift heavy stuff, I highly recommend lifting shoes, if you want to sort of lift heavy stuff once in a while then you can get by with vibrams.
Super thin soles, a fraction of the cost of Vibrams. I have and like Vibrams, but for everyday stuff as well as lifting, Feiyues are fine. For lifting, they're arguably marginally better.
Funny story about these - I got my pair in the mail, and my girlfriend (who is Chinese) saw me open the box. Of course, the website says that they are the shoes martial artists and monks wear. My girlfriend looked at the shoes with a bit of disbelief, and said "Those are the shoes that poor people wear!". I guess the 18 bucks+shipping I paid for my pair is far greater than the price in China.
The minor downsides are a chemical/gluey smell when new, and not much in the way of traction on smooth surfaces.
Was using O lifting shoes by recently switched back to chuck taylors. Reason is that I switched gyms and this new place has soft, cushioned floors. These suck. And walking around with the O shoes, and the lift they give me, actually made me less stable. Chucks are great, though.
I dead lift in socks only.
Chucks with the liner ripped out. They weren't comfortable which affected my lifting and next tried:
Samba's and they were too hot and not narrow enough, had to lace them too tightly which was distracting. So now:
I'm currently lifting in socks/barefeet and definitely saw a huge improvement on all my lifts, backsquat especially, as I can really feel the floor to grip and push those knees out
Just ordered a pair of Inov-8 FLite 195's as I'm still optimistic that I'll find a good shoe. I don't mind going naked toed but if there's a shoe that will give me the same, or perhaps even better, performance I'd like to try it.
My new favorite shoes to do absolutely everything in, the New Balance Minimus. 4mm heel to toe drop, very breathable mesh upper and flexible sole, by far the greatest pair of shoes I've ever worn.
I actually wear a pair of Toms for squats and deadlifts. They are a flat bottom shoe with no heel, so it's about as close as you can get to going barefoot without actually taking your shoes off. I'm looking into a pair of the Rogue weightlifting shoes for squats though.
Vibram Five Fingers for running and walking, also for weight room (including when I work heavy on compound exercises, like squat, dead lift, leg press).
I continue to be amazed at these shoes and their efficacy. Though I wore minimalist shoes for running even prior to Five Fingers, I was never the less a bit cautious about whether running in Vibrams would put me at some "risk." To the contrary, as my full-time exercise shoes, my Five Fingers have made it impossible for me to feel which of my ankles was sprained a few years back. These shoes have strengthened legs, feet toes: bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments.
Granted, I don't live in snow country, so I don't run Vibrams in ultra wintry conditions, like when I head to ski country.
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