SockMonkey saidWhat shoes do you wear to lift weights? I usually just wear my running shoes, or sometimes an old pair of Converse All-Stars. Is that bad? Do I really have to go buy another pair of shoes for the specific purpose of doing stuff like squats and lunges?
I wear whatever I want for upper body days unless the exercise requires that I'm grounded in the floor. Lower body exercises, I train with only socks on. However, I'm starting to get into training everything socked-only
Working Leg Exercises [like Squats, Deadlifts, Calf Raises, Jumping Rope, Running] while socked-only engages your calves more than anything else. Sneakers make up for the stability & grounding you lack. It's like when people do gripping exercises (Deadlift, Bench Press, Barbell Bicep Curls, etc.) and realize how much more their forearms are engaged when you take off
your lifting gloves. Then you realize you don't need to really have separate isolation exercises for forearms.
On top of that, you don't have to pay for anything new lol.
However, if you use machines, treadmills, etc. Do them with shoes on (then take them off afterwards lol.) Be careful as you make your way around weight training floors - you don't want your feet harmed by weight plates or careless gym members (then again, you have to do that when you have your sneakers on too).