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Your Favorite Converse Shoes: Are They Good for Weightlifting?

06/07/2019
By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS

Converse Chuck Taylors

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Pros

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

Cons

Little to no arch support, not made for running, biking, or HIIT

Bottom Line

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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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top

Since 1908, Converse has been a brand for all ages, all fashions, and all lifestyles. If you’re a sneaker head, 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. But is you favorite pair of Converses just a fashion statement, or is it effective for heavy lifts?

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 even say this:  every weightlifter should have a pair of old school chucks in their closet.

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