By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS
Weight lifters, sweat junkies that are actively performing compound, heavy lifts like squats, or deadlifts. Lightweight, affordable, stabilizes ankles during lifts, flat, solid soles, simple yet stylish. lightweight, inexpensive, flat sole, comfortable
Little to no arch support, not made for running, biking, or HIIT
If you are more into running, hiking, walking, biking, or any activities that require more support, these may not be the best shoe for you. But if you’re consistently lifting weights, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, or bodybuilding there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy lifting shoes when Converse shoes are just as effective. Sizes (unisex): Women’s 5-18, Men’s 3-18
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Since 1908, Converse has been a brand for all ages, all fashions, and all lifestyles. If you’re a sneakerhead, you’ll notice the old school edge is quickly becoming popular in the gym, especially for those on an Olympic platform or near the squat rack. In this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high top review, we broke down whether they were just a fashion statement, or an effective choice for heavy lifts. Here are a few more details.
Experts say that the squishy sole of most running shoes are not a solid enough foundation and can actually compromise your lift. Obviously, the most important part of any heavy lift is the safety factor, and with the flat hard sole and strong canvas ankle support of a high-top Converse shoe, it is one of the most effective lifting sneakers you can have in your arsenal.
I’ll say this: every weightlifter should have a pair of old school chucks in their closet.
Be sure to read what our experts have to say about other sneakers, too. We’ve reviewed the popular Nike Air Max 270, as well as the Adidas Ultraboost and Adidas Ultraboost 19. And, we’ve also compared the Adidas NMD vs. the Nike Metcon. If you value convenience over functionality, then have a look at some of the best laceless sneakers, too.
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