What footwear do you choose when doing weights?

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    Jun 28, 2009 1:12 PM GMT
    I have seen guys wearing different types of shoes in the gym. What do you like during strength training? And why?
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    Jun 28, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    running/cross training shoes (sneakers)...comfortable and sporty
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    Jun 28, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    I read that flatter sneakers, such as Converse, are good because you're not getting extra lift or support from you shoes. I like to just wear cross-trainers though.
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    Jun 28, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    I use running shoes.
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    Jun 28, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    New Balance cross trainers are best. They have rotational compression chambers (excellent for calf raises) and the base of the sole actually flares out for greater stability when doing heavy squats. They are also one of the few trainers to be available in a 4E width (I get my huge wide feet from the Neanderthal side of the family...).
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    Jun 28, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    i get a lot of stares but these are what i prefer to wear. icon_razz.gif


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    Jun 28, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    Don't wear running shoes. It doesn't provide a firm stable surface. And all the heavy lifting pre-maturely compresses the insole and all the cushioning features. So if you actually run in those shoes, you're not doing your knees any favors.

    Wear a pair of cross trainers or a pair of Converse Chucks like Someguy mentioned above. Cross trainers typically have firmer insoles and better ankle/heel support. Chucks are very basic. The rubber soles are just layers of flat rubber and cardboard. They seem to be really popular with crossfit people and powerlifters.
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    Jun 28, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
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    Jun 28, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
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    Jun 29, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    I try to wear shoes that have a level sole; that is, a sole that has even thickness in the front and back. I do this because it helps keep my weight level, instead of causing me to lean forward like most running shoes. Running shoes are for running.
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    Jun 29, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    flat soled none cushy shoes, I feel unstable doing squats in runners, they compress and move all over the place on me and same with many other things that need my feet firmly planted on the ground..

    I'd like to go shoeless but that aint gonna happen at my gym