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BEST CHOICE

BEST CHOICE

BEST CHOICE

Nike Romaleos 3

Nike Romaleos 3
A more lightweight, yet premuim lifter with TPU midsole and 20mm heel lift. The Flywire lacing helps to keep feet secure and stable.
A more lightweight, yet premuim lifter with TPU midsole and 20mm heel lift. The Flywire lacing helps to keep feet secure and stable.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

PREMIUM PICK

PREMIUM PICK

PREMIUM PICK

Reebok Legacy Lifter

Reebok Legacy Lifter
The FlexWeave upper in the Legacy lifters and TPU midsole with 22mm drop make these a solid, durable lifting shoe with a wide stable base for lifting.
The FlexWeave upper in the Legacy lifters and TPU midsole with 22mm drop make these a solid, durable lifting shoe with a wide stable base for lifting.
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru

BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

Nike Metcon 5

Nike Metcon 5
The Nike Metcon 5 now comes with ‘Hyperlift’ inserts- foam inserts that sit underneath the insole to add 3mm of elevation to the ankle to support you.
The Nike Metcon 5 now comes with ‘Hyperlift’ inserts- foam inserts that sit underneath the insole to add 3mm of elevation to the ankle to support you.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

MOST VERSATILE

MOST VERSATILE

MOST VERSATILE

Reebok Nano X

Reebok Nano X
A close 2nd to the Nike Metcon when it came to lifting weights in a Crossfit shoe. They more than did the job when it came to a strength session.
A close 2nd to the Nike Metcon when it came to lifting weights in a Crossfit shoe. They more than did the job when it came to a strength session.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

Weightlifting shoes or ‘lifters’ are specially designed to assist with Olympic lifting or Powerlifting, i.e.snatch, clean and jerk, squats, bench press and deadlift.

Weightlifting shoes differ from regular training shoes or running shoes, as they have a very stiff heel elevated heel, and often straps for added stability.

This stiff elevated heel means when lifting heavy weights, the foot remains still, and you can feel the ground underneath, giving more power to move the weight. A lifter often has a wider toe box than a running shoe to give room for the toes to splay.

The heels are made from either dense EVA foam, TPU plastic, stacked leather or wood, so very much depend on what you are looking for.

EVA and TPU will be lighter, but a more traditional looking leather or wood heel may give you preferable platform feedback and enhanced confidence when lifting. The ideal height of the heel will depend on your height, mobility and lifting style.

Top Weightlifting Shoes

First choice

Nike Metcon 5

Weight
10 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Training

Nike Metcon 5

Reasons to buy
  • Fantastic for heavy squats and deadlifts due to heel stability
  • Wide fit, lots of space for toes to splay, immediately comfortable
  • Durable upper and sole unit, including wrap
  • Inserts for lifting that fit other Metcons too
“Not a lifter, and strictly a Crossfit training shoe, but the Nike Metcon 5 now comes with ‘Hyperlift’ inserts- small foam inserts that sit underneath the insole to add 3mm of elevation to the ankle to support on heavier lifts. Their all-around versatility made them my go to shoe for barbell work. ”
Recommended for
The Nike Metcon 5 is a specialist training shoe aimed at people who are in the gym to lift heavy stuff, fast.
It doubles up as a shoe for high intensity, high impact activities, specifically Crossfit Metcon workouts, and is the 5th version of Nike's Metcon range of training shoe.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Read the full review of Metcon 5
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Adidas Adipower Weightlifting 2

Weight
16.2 oz.
Drop
20.1 mm.
Category
Training

Adidas Adipower Weightlifting 2

Reasons to buy
“Overhauled from the popular first version but keeping the 20.1mm heel drop. The lifter features a strong wedge shaped TPU midsole and flexible forefoot for stability. Laces and a velcro straps lock the midfoot down securely over a simple canvas upper. ”
Recommended for
The Adipower Weightlifting 2 is recommended for people working out in the gym with barbells and heavy dumbbells. If you are looking to work on your squats, and are lifting a heavy weight, this shoe could transform your workout and give you much more confidence when lifting.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Read the full review of Adipower Weightlifting 2
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Reebok Legacy Lifter

Weight
20.6 oz.
Drop
22 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Reebok Legacy Lifter

Reasons to buy
“The FlexWeave upper in the Legacy lifters and TPU midsole with 22mm heel drop make these a solid, durable lifting shoe with a wide stable base for lifting. ”
Recommended for
The Reebok Legacy Lifters are perfect for serious weightlifters who need stability and security during their lifts. The shoes have a solid midsole that does not compress during lifting. The outsole has a flat, solid base to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground during explosive lifts.
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Read the full review of Legacy Lifter
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Nike Romaleos 3

Weight
15 oz.
Drop
20 mm.
Category
Training

Nike Romaleos 3

Reasons to buy
“A more lightweight, yet premuim lifter with TPU midsole and 20mm heel lift. The Flywire lacing helps to keep feet secure and stable, and the tacky outsold sticks feet to the platform. ”
Recommended for
The Romaleos 3's are recommended for anyone looking to add a pair of weightlifting shoes to their training shoe repertoire. They're lightweight, somewhat versatile and look as great as you'd expect from Nike. If you're a serious weightlifter these may not cut the mustard for you, but for the vast...
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Read the full review of Romaleos 3
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Reebok Nano X

Weight
14.4 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Training

Reebok Nano X

Reasons to buy
  • Very durable, tough shoe fit for purpose
  • Best looking Nano (or training shoe) yet
  • Breathable upper
  • Good padding and wide toe box gave immediate comfort
“A close 2nd to the Nike Metcon when it came to lifting weights in a Crossfit shoe. They more than did the job when it came to a strength session part of a workout, giving great stability and a wide toe box. ”
Recommended for
The Nano X has broadened it's horizons to appeal to all types of gym goers who have any resistance training as part of their workout regime, losing the CrossFit specific branding for Reebok's 10th version.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Read the full review of Nano X
or buy them here: Men / Women

Do I need weightlifting shoes?

If you are regularly doing Olympic lifting or Powerlifting, and the focus of your training is to improve your skills with a barbell then weightlifting shoes can help this.

If this makes up some of your training, but you also want to do other activities in the gym, such as HIIT, or you’re doing Crossfit, a training shoe, or Crossfit shoe would be more advisable due to its versatility.

Can I run in a Weightlifting shoe?

No. They are very solid under heel and heavy.

If you want to run a short distance in a Crossfit training shoe, such as the Reebok Nano or Nike Metcon this is possible, e.g. as part of a workout.

For specific running training, or any runs over 1km we’d recommend a specialist running shoe.

Can I do Weightlifting in a running shoe?

No, unless you want to do yourself an injury.

They are designed for completely different purposes. Running shoes are designed to cushion the heel, and absorb the impact from the foot strike.

Weightlifting shoes are designed to remain solid under the heel to provide stability for the ankle and transfer power into your lifts. Your center of gravity in a running shoe vs a weightlifting shoe is completely different, so step away from the bar if you’re wearing a running shoe.

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