Weightlifting shoes, opinions on AdiStar, Risto, or others?

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    Aug 07, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    Any opinions on these shoes, or other brands? The Adidas AdiStar has gotten excellent reviews, and a buddy of mine swears by them and thinks I'm absolutely crazy for not having a pair. Adidas makes a cheaper shoe ($90 versus $200 for the AdiStar), which looks good, but doesn't have the same support. The reviews I read say the cheaper one is good for more casual weightlifting - I'm thinking days or workouts without squats or deadlifts.

    This site has reviews of the major shoes:
    http://buyweightliftingshoes.com/

    Also does anyone know of retail outlets carrying these shoes? The AdiStars are hard to find. Unless I have been wearing a particular shoe, I prefer buying local so I can try on different sizes. I like to try half size smaller and larger to ensure I have the best one.

    For any of you guys who weightlift in running shoes, this is an interesting video. It's pushing a brand, but aside from that, pretty interesting.

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    Aug 07, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    You don't want to lift weights in "running" shoes. Running shoes tend to have a softer sole. Not very ideal for lifting heavy things because it creates an unstable footing. And if you actually run in the same shoes, all that heavy lifting compresses the sole and prematurely degrades the cushioning benefits.

    The good old standby weightlifting shoes are Converse Chucks. This is the closest you can get to a flat/stable surface without actually being barefoot. Typically, costs between $30 - $40 at your local store.

    Lately, the Nike Free TR have been pretty popular. I tried on a pair at the store and they were pretty comfortable and the sole was quite firm. The shoe is very lightweight too. I just didn't like how the shoe flexed at the toe box. The flex point is reinforced with a synthetic material and it caused some tightness/pinching when I was trying it out. I might wait for the next generation to see if they improve the design. You can get them for $60 - $80.

    My current gym shoes are Asics volleyball shoes. The sole is very firm and offers some good support too. I got these for $60 on clearance.

    Really, I don't see any point to paying $200 for running shoes that you'll be wearing for weightlifting.
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    Aug 07, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    My trainer, a couple of years ago, told me that flat shoes, for power lifting at least, were best.

    A friend happened to give me some Adidas shoes basically designed for shotputting, They have a flat rubber sole. I've been using them ever since.

    They look pretty similar, in fact, to the Adidas adiZero, which are only $45 on sale, online at least. Mine don't look nearly as quasi-futuristic, but have the same shape for the heal.
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    Aug 07, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    xrichx saidYou don't want to lift weights in "running" shoes. Running shoes tend to have a softer sole. Not very ideal for lifting heavy things because it creates an unstable footing. And if you actually run in the same shoes, all that heavy lifting compresses the sole and prematurely degrades the cushioning benefits. ...
    Really, I don't see any point to paying $200 for running shoes that you'll be wearing for weightlifting.

    Agree completely with your comments. Also will look at shoes you and UncleaverName mentioned. I think you misunderstood about the Adidas AdiStar shoes for $200. They are specifically for weightlifting, not running.

    UPDATED:
    Found a good article that describes the differences and different applications for the completely flat shoes such as the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star versus shoes with a heel such as the AdiStar.

    http://stronglifts.com/weight-lifting-shoes-squats-deadlifts/